The honors keep pouring in for senior center John Vitkus (Mahopac, N.Y./Mahopac) of The University of Scranton men's basketball team. Vitkus was named first-team All-Middle Atlantic District by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) this week, his third significant honor in the past five days.
Vitkus led the Royals with 17.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game. He also averaged 1.4 assists and 0.8 steals while leading Scranton to its seventh Landmark Conference title in 10 years in the conference. The Royals finished the season 22-7 after advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Down the stretch, Vitkus played the best basketball of his career. Over the team's final 13 games, he averaged 18.0 points, 7.1 rebounds, 1.7 blocks, 1.6 assists and 0.8 steals while shooting 65.6 percent from the field. In four postseason games – two in the Landmark Conference playoffs and two in the NCAA Tournament – he averaged 20.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.8 blocks, 1.5 assists and 1.0 steals while shooting 68.1 percent from the field and 72.0 percent from the free throw line.
During Vitkus' career, the Royals won at least 20 games three times, advanced to the NCAA Tournament in all four seasons, and won Landmark Conference crowns in 2014, 2015 and 2017.
Vitkus becomes the 24th player in Scranton history to earn all-district or all-region honors from the NABC. This is also the fourth straight season the Royals have landed a player on the All-Middle Atlantic Region first team (Ross Danzig, 2014 and 2015; Brendan Boken, 2016).
Earlier this week, Vitkus was named D3hoops.com first-team All-Middle Atlantic Region and Landmark Conference Senior Scholar Athlete. The three awards this week come on the heels of being named Landmark Conference Defensive Player of the Year and first-team all-conference.
To see the complete list of NABC All-District Teams, visit http://nabc.org/NABC_Releases/2017/PDF/2017_NABC_Coaches-_Division_III_All-District_Teams_and_Coaches.pdf.