C.W. Post's Schmidt, Cluess Repeat at Top of All-MET Div. II Team

C.W. Post's Schmidt, Cluess Repeat at Top of All-MET Div. II Team

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. --- Jonathan Schmidt of C.W. Post was named the 2008-09 All-Met Division II men's college basketball player of the year for the second straight season Friday by the National Invitation Tournament and the Met Basketball Writers Assn.

Tim Cluess of C.W. Post was selected coach of the year for a second consecutive season.

Joining Schmidt on the All-Met first team: Nick Carter, C.W. Post; Richard Byrd, Adelphi, Omari Knox, Bloomfield; Manny Perez, Caldwell; David Seagers, Dowling.

Named to the second team: Gage Daye, Bloomfield; Bryant Lassiter, NYIT; Devon Young, Felician; Akeem Comas, St. Thomas Aquinas; Stedford McLeod, Nyack.

A senior guard from Centereach, N.Y., Schmidt led the Pioneers and the East Coast Conference with 19.0 ppg and 5.96 apg, while pulling down 4.9 rpg. Also named ECC player of the year for a second straight season, he closed his career at C.W. Post with a school record 1,980 points.

In his third year at the helm, Cluess guided the Pioneers to an undefeated regular season, 30-1 record overall, the ECC regular season and tournament titles, and the school's first appearance in the NCAA Tournament's Elite Eight.

The All-Met awards will be presented Wednesday evening, April 15, at Giants Stadium Club in East Rutherford, N.J.

FIRST TEAM: Jonathan Schmidt, C.W. Post, 6-0, sr, G, Centereach, N.Y.; Nick Carter, C.W. Post, 6-2, sr, G, Huntington Station, N.Y.; Richard Byrd, Adelphi, 6-3, so, G, Central Islip, N.Y.; Omari Knox, Bloomfield, 6-2, sr, G, Brooklyn, N.Y.; Manny Perez, Caldwell, 6-7, sr, F, Egg Harbor Township, N.J.; David Seagers, Dowling, 6-2, jr, G, Bronx, N.Y.

SECOND TEAM: Gage Daye, Bloomfield, 6-2, so, F, Newark, N.J.; Bryant Lassiter, NYIT, 5-10, sr, G, Bayshore, L.I.; Devon Young, Felician, 6-3, so, G, Monmouth Junction, N.J.; Akeem Comas, STAC, 6-5, sr, F, Brooklyn, N.Y.; Stedford McLeod, Nyack, 6-4, sr, F, Bronx, N.Y.

Player of the year: Jonathan Schmidt, C.W. Post.

Coach of the year: Tim Cluess, C.W. Post.

FFI: Chuck Stogel, 646-654-5411