February 27, 2018—Mount St. Mary's senior Junior Robinson (Mebane, N.C.) has been named the Northeast Conference Player of the Year while fellow senior Chris Wray (Shelby, N.C.) was selected as the NEC Defensive Player of the Year. Robinson earned a spot on the First Team All-NEC squad as well while Wray was named Third Team All-NEC. Redshirt freshman Jonah Antonio (Perth, Australia) earned NEC All-Rookie team honors.
Robinson is in the midst of one of the best seasons in Mount St. Mary's history. The 5-5 guard leads the NEC and is 12th in the nation in scoring at 22.2 points per game while he is second in the conference with 4.9 assists per game. Robinson has scored 20 or more points in a game on 23 occasions this year, tied for the most 20-point games in the nation with Oklahoma's Trae Young and Hofstra's Justin Wright-Foreman.
With 688 points this season, Robinson moved into third on the Mount St. Mary's all-time scoring list with 1,857 career points. His 688 points are the second-most in a season in Mount history, and he joins Mount legendary players Jack Sullivan, John O'Reilly, Chris McGuthrie and Fred Carter as the only players to score 600 or more points in a season. Those four are the only Mount players to have their number retired.
Robinson scored a career-high 39 points in the Mount's home win over Loyola in December, and he has reached 30 or more points in a game five times this year. His 35 career 20-point games at the Mount are the second-most since the school moved to NCAA Division I in 1988-89. He has scored in double figures in all 31 games this season, giving him 91 for his career.
Robinson is the second player at the Mount to earn NEC Player of the Year honors, joining McGuthrie who won the award in 1995-96. Robinson becomes the sixth player in Mount history to earn First Team All-NEC honors, joining Elijah Long (2016-17), Jeremy Goode (2008-09; 2009-10), Gregory Harris (1998-99), Riley Inge (1995-96) and McGuthrie (1994-95; 1995-96) as the only Mount players to earn First Team All-NEC honors. He was named NEC Player of the Week on five occasions this year, tying the conference record for most NEC Player of the Week awards in one season.
Robinson is shooting 89.8 percent at the foul line for the season, and he is the Mount's career leader in free throw percentage at 85.6 percent. He has started 129 of 130 career games played, setting the Mount record for both games played and games started. He has moved up to sixth on the Mount's career assist list (455) and fifth in career three-point field goals made (229).
Wray becomes the second Mountaineer to be named NEC Defensive Player of the Year, joining two-time winner Mychal Kearse, who won the award in back-to-back seasons in 2005-06 and 2006-07. One of the most versatile players in Mount history, Wray led the NEC blocks (2.1), was tied for third in steals (2.0) and finished fourth in rebounds (8.3) in league games. He blocked a career-high six shots in the Mount's win over Wagner on Saturday, and has moved into a tie for third all-time at the Mount with 140 career blocks. Wray, who missed the first eight games of the season due to injury, was a consistent performer on the defensive end, tallying 15 games with two or more steals and 15 games with two or more blocked shots. He has grabbed five or more rebounds in 22 of 23 games played this year, while he had six games with double figures in rebounds.
Wray is the third Mount player to earn Third Team All-NEC honors, joining Gregory Graves (2014-15) and BK Ashe (2014-15 and 2015-16). Wray is averaging 9.9 points, 8.3 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 2.0 blocks and 2.1 steals per game this season while shooting 63.7 percent (100-of-157) from the field. He was even better in NEC games, averaging 10.6 points per game while he led the NEC in field goal percentage (.631) and blocks (2.1), tied for third in steals (2.0), was eighth in assists (4.3), fourth in rebounds (8.3), fourth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.9-to-1) and second in offensive rebounds (3.1).
Antonio, a two-time NEC Rookie of the Week winner, earned a spot on the NEC All-Rookie team. The redshirt freshman sharpshooter is averaging 11.5 points per game this season. He broke the NEC's single-season record for three-pointers made by a freshman (88). Antonio has scored in double figures in 20 of the Mount's 31 games this year, and he topped the 20-point plateau on a pair of occasions. Antonio is 88-for-261 from three-point range on the year. His 88 makes are tied for third on the Mount's single-season list while his 261 attempts tie McGuthrie's single-season record. He has made two or more three-pointers 24 times this year.
Antonio joins Dave Kapaona, Michael Watson, Chris McGuthrie, Riley Inge, Gregory Harris, Melvin Whitaker, Pat Atangana, Landy Thompson, Mychal Kearse, Sam Atupem, Jeremy Goode, Shivaughn Wiggins, Junior Robinson and Miles Wilson as Mount players who have been named to the NEC's All-Rookie/Newcomer team.
The Mount finished the regular season 18-13 overall and earned the No. 2 seed in the NEC Tournament with a 12-6 league record. The Mount will host No. 7 seed Robert Morris at Knott Arena on Wednesday, February 28, at 7:00 p.m. For ticket information, contact the Mount Ticket office at 301-447-5700.