The 2017-18 season was another banner year for the men's basketball program. Franklin & Marshall earned its 25th trip to the NCAA Tournament and made it to the Sweet 16 for the 17th time. The Diplomats put together a 22-7 mark, which was the 28th time in school history the Diplomats finished with 20 or more wins.
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The Diplomats opened the season with a 10-1 record in the first half of the year and won both the William Marshall Tip-Off Tournament and the Sponaugle New Years Tournament. F&M put together a 7-2 mark in January and stood at the top of the conference standings heading into the final month. Two setbacks in February gave F&M a 14-4 mark in Conference action, and after dropping the CC Semifinal game to eventual champion, F&M looked to receive an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.
F&M received a reprieve from the NCAA committee and earned a trip to the NCAA Tournament for the 25th time in program history. The Diplomats made the best of their second chance and took down Emory & Henry in the opening round before defeating host Christopher Newport to advance to the programs 17th Sweet 16 appearance. The Diplomats season came to an end the following week, falling to Ramapo.
J.C. McGrath '19 was named to the All-CC Second Team after averaging 12.1 points per game and 6.9 rebounds. The junior scored in double-figures in 18 games with five double-doubles and pulled down 22 boards against Washington on Jan. 11 which set a single-game CC record.
Matthew Tate '18 earned All-CC Honorable Mention after averaging 14.3 points and 4.1 assists per game. He scored in double-figures in 21 games during his senior season, including seven games with 20 or more points. Tate became just the 36th player in program history to reach 1,000 points with 1,044.
Lionel Owona '18 was named to the All-Sportsmanship team following the regular season.
Brandon Federici '18 was named the Centennial Conference Player of the Year and joined Georgio Milligan '12 as the only two players in the history of the Conference to earn first team honors all four seasons, bringing F&M's 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 CC.
Federici continued to reset the record book and was honored with numerous athletic and academic awards.
He led the Conference with a 19.3 points per game average and was ninth in steals per game at 1.4. Federici reached several career milestones in 2017-18 and is now both F&M's and the Centennial's active leader in career points (2,072). He scored 20 or more points in 14 contests, including a season-high 32 against Misericordia on Nov. 15 and reached double-digits in 28 games.
A complete list of Federici's 2017-18 honors are listed below.
- NABC All-America Second Team
- D3hoops.com All-America Honorable Mention
- D3hoops.com Middle Atlantic Region Player of the Year
- D3hoops.com Middle Atlantic Region First Team
- NABC Middle Atlantic Region First Team
- Centennial Conference Player of the Year
- Centennial Conference First Team (4th time)
- All-Star Game Selection
- Jostens Trophy Finalist (2nd time)
- CoSIDA Academic All-American Second Team (2nd time)
- CoSIDA Academic All-Region (3rd time)
- Academic All-Centennial (3rd time)
- Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll (3rd time)
- Centennial Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year (2nd time)