York, Pa. – Senior captain Nicholas LaGuerre (Baltimore, Md./Lansdowne) was named the 2015 Capital Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year to highlight the St. Mary's College of Maryland representatives on the 2015 All-CAC Team as announced Monday afternoon by the league office.
Along with earning the Player of the Year award, LaGuerre wrapped up his outstanding career as a three first team All-CAC honoree while juniors Tanner Brooks (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul's School) and Troy Spurrier (Mount Airy, Md./Glenelg) both found a spot on the second team.
LaGuerre joins Sheldon Taylor '01 (2001) and Alex Franz '11 (2011) as the only St. Mary's players to be named CAC Men's Basketball Player of the Year in the 25-year history of the conference. He led SMCM to an 86-25 overall record and a 50-12 CAC mark during his four-year career. The Seahawks garnered three CAC regular-season titles, two NCAA Tournament berths, and the 2013 CAC championship title.
LaGuerre finished ranked in the Top 10 among conference players in six categories – first in scoring (22.0 PPG), fourth in free throw percentage (77.6%), sixth in assists with a 3.2 average, seventh in steals with a 1.8 average, and ninth in field goal percentage (47.6%) and three-point field goal percentage (36.9%). He led the team in scoring and three-point shooting.
A four-time CAC Player of the Week this season, the 6-3 guard scored in double digits in all but one game, matching his career-best of 36 points in the CAC semifinals against Christopher Newport University. He tallied 20 or more points in 15 games, including four 30-point performances.
LaGuerre notched 1,581 points in 111 games to finish third all-time. He also shot 47.7% (532-of-1,115) from the field for his career, including 37.8% (197-of-521) from downtown, and 77.3% (320-of-414) from the free throw line. LaGuerre grabbed 353 rebounds, dished 331 helpers, and picked 194 pockets as well.
Brooks transferred in from Skidmore College as a two-time All-Liberty League and continued with his third consecutive all-conference selection. The 6-1 guard led the CAC in free throw percentage (82.5%) while ranking second in assists per game with a 3.4 average and sixth in scoring (13.3 PPG) and steals per game with a 1.9 average. Brooks was also 10th in rebounding with a 5.5 average.
He led the team in free throw percentage, rebounds, assists, and steals and picked up CAC Player of the Week honors on January 26th. Brooks was a double-digit scorer in 20 games and collected two double-doubles.
Spurrier is making his first-ever postseason team after finishing third for the Seahawks in scoring with 11.9 points per game. He was second in the conference in field goal percentage (57.1%). The 6-6 forward registered his first career double-double on 10 points and 11 rebounds against Bridgewater (Va.) College on November 15th. Spurrier scored 17 times in double figures for St. Mary's.
St. Mary's finished the 2014-15 season with a 20-5 (16-2 CAC) overall record for the sixth 20-win campaign during 10th-year Head Coach Chris Harney's tenure. The Seahawks picked up the program's sixth CAC regular-season title and the No. 1 seed in this year's CAC Tournament.
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