|John Vitkus||Ethan Danzig||Kevin Doolan|
Senior center John Vitkus (Mahopac, N.Y./Mahopac) of The University of Scranton men's basketball has been named Landmark Conference Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight year on Wednesday, headlining the Royals' three selections to the all-conference team.
Vitkus also earned first-team all-conference accolades for the first time in his career. Junior guards Ethan Danzig (Clarks Green, Pa./Abington Heights) and Kevin Doolan (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge) were both named to the second team, marking the first time in their careers they have earned all-conference honors.
Vitkus has been a dominant force in the paint all season, averaging 16.9 points while shooting 63.2 percent from the field. He is also averaging 8.3 rebounds, 1.3 blocks, 1.4 assists and 0.7 steals. He leads the Landmark Conference in blocks per game, is third in rebounding and fifth in scoring. He was also named the Landmark Conference championship MVP after the Royals won the title on Saturday.
Danzig is third in the Landmark Conference in 3-point field goal percentage at 43.8 while averaging 12.1 points per game, second on the team. He's also averaging 4.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.1 steals and 0.4 blocks per game.
Doolan is arguably the top point guard in the conference, and he leads the Landmark in assists at 4.6 per game. He also has the top assist-to-turnover ratio (2.3-to-1) among all conference players averaging at least one assist per game. Doolan is also third in the conference at 1.5 steals per game and averages 9.2 points per game.
The trio led the Royals to the Landmark Conference championship with a 68-63 win over Moravian in the title game on Saturday, Feb. 25, in the Long Center. They will take on Oswego State in an NCAA Tournament first-round game on Friday at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass.
To see the complete All-Landmark Conference men's basketball team, visit http://landmarkconference.org/sports/mbkb/2016-17/releases/03012017mbbawards.