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March 13th, 2013

Devine, Taylor, McRae earn SUNYAC awards

Senior guard/forward Shereef Taylor was one of three Hawks honored with SUNYAC postseason awards when he was named to the All-SUNYAC Second Team. Photo: Ed Diller

CORTLAND – The SUNY New Paltz men’s basketball team achieved history with the unveiling of the 2013 State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) men’s basketball postseason awards, with senior forward Matt Devine and senior guard/forward Shereef Taylor gaining All-SUNYAC First- and Second-Team mention, respectively, and freshman forward Deveino McRae earning SUNYAC Rookie of the Year honors.

McRae is the first individual associated with the New Paltz men’s basketball program to earn a SUNYAC postseason award beyond landing on the All-Conference teams, while Devine earns New Paltz’s first All-SUNYAC First-Team nod since the 1999-2000 season.

Devine finished the season averaging 21.0 points per game, which ranked second in the SUNYAC and 23rd in NCAA Division III. He also led the team in rebounding with 6.9 rebounds per game, and in addition, he averaged 1.1 assists per game and 0.9 steals per game. On the program’s all-time lists, he ended up ranked sixth in career points (1,496) and sixth in career rebounds (553). This marks his second All-SUNYAC honor of his career, as he was tabbed to the All-SUNYAC Second Team in 2012.

Taylor averaged a career-high 17.0 points per game in 2012-13, which ranked eighth in the league. He led the team in blocks per game (1.0) and steals per game (1.9), and he ranks seventh in the SUNYAC in each of those statistical categories. Furthermore, he ranked second on the team in rebounds per game (6.3) and assists per game (2.4), and he stands ninth among the league’s leaders in rebounding and 15th in assists. Taylor ended up on the program’s all-time lists, too, finishing out his career ranked third in steals (139), seventh in points (1,393), seventh in assists (224) and 10th in rebounds (535). This marks his third All-SUNYAC honor, as he made the Second Team in 2010 and the Third Team in 2011.

McRae earned Rookie of the Year distinction after averaging 7.9 points per game and 6.2 rebounds per game for the Hawks. He ranked third on the team in each of those statistical categories, and he led New Paltz in field-goal percentage (.533). Furthermore, McRae averaged 0.4 blocks per game, which ranked second on the team.

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