Depew, NY - Wednesday, May 1 marked a day of celebration and recognition for all of D'Youville's student-athletes at the yearly Athletics Awards Banquet at Salvatore's Hospitality.
Head coach Earl Schunk, associate head coach Mike Haskell, and graduate assistant Aweso Noor presented the awards to their D'Youville men's basketball team.
To close out his career, senior guard Devon Camel (Cheektowaga, NY/Cheektowaga) was named the team's Most Improved Player. Known for his defense, Devon's offense took a major step forward in 2018-19 as he set career highs in points/game (9.5), minutes/game (21.3), FG% (50.6), 3PT% (40.0), and games started (18). His outstanding play at both ends of the court became a major piece of the team's success as the team reached the AMCC playoffs.
Junior guard and co-captain Simeon Heard (Rochester, NY/Charles Finney) has been a great leader for the men throughout his career and was the recipient of the team's Spartan Award this season. Heard played in all 26 games for the Spartans this season, shooting a career high 44.7% from the field and grabbed 3.4 rebounds/game.
Simeon helped set the tone for the Spartans through his work ethic on and off the court. Always striving to improve his game, Heard consistently pushed his teammates and was the vocal leader for the men. The Spartan Award represents a player who exemplifies teamwork, passion and a dedication to their team.
Ending his career as one of the best players in program history, senior guard/forward Jeremy VanDuLuitgaarden (Verona, NY/Vernon-Verona-Sherrill) was named the team's Most Valuable Player. Jeremy was one of if not the best player in the conference in 2018-19. He led the AMCC in scoring (18.5 PPG) and rebounding (10.6 RPG), scoring double-figures in 23 of 25 games.
VanDuLuitgaarden added 11 games in which he grabbed double-digit rebounds, all of which were double-doubles. A permitter player for the first three years of his career, Jeremy moved inside and was nearly unstoppable. He was named an AMCC First Team All-Conferene selection AMCC Player of the Week three during the season (12/3, 12/17, 2/18).
(Pictured from left to right: Camel, Heard, VanDuLuitgaarden)