LANCASTER, Pa. — Three members of the Franklin & Marshall men's basketball team were recognized by the Centennial Conference (CC) on Wednesday afternoon. Brandon Federici was named Player of the Year and earned First Team All-CC honors, J.C. McGrath landed on the second team and Matthew Tate received honorable mention.
Federici joins Georgio Milligan '12 as the only two players in the history of the conference to earn first team honors all four seasons. The honor also brings F&M total to 31 first team selections and 10 Player of the Year honors in the 25-year history of the CC, which is most in the conference.
The honor is the third postseason award for Federici so far this year. He was named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) All-District 4 Men's Basketball Team for the third straight year and was named a finalist for the prestigious Jostens Trophy for the second time in his career.
Federici (Morganville, N.J. / Lawrenceville School) leads the Conference with a 19.7 points per game average and is seventh in steals per game at 1.4. Federici has reached several career milestones this season and is now both F&M and the Centennial's active leader in career points (2,023). He has scored 20 or more points in 14 contests this year, including a season-high 32 against Misericordia on Nov. 15.
McGrath (Newark, Del. / Munich International School) moves up a team after earning honorable mention last season. He has averaged 12.7 points per game and 6.8 rebounds. The junior scored in double-figures in 18 games with five double-doubles and had a career-high 22 boards against Washington on Jan. 11.
Tate (Greenwich, Conn. / Greens Farms Academy) makes the All-CC Team for the first time in his career. The senior averages 14 points and 3.8 assists per game. He scored in double-figures in 18 games this season, including six games with 20 or more points. Tate netted a career-high 35 points in an 80-77 win against Ursinus earlier this season and is second in the conference with 2.2 steals per game.
F&M earned its 25th NCAA Division III Tournament bid and will play Emory & Henry on Friday, March 2 at 5:30 p.m. at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Va.