Olaniyi Named America East Rookie of the Year, Yeboah All-Second Team


Elijah Olaniyi (left) and Akwasi Yeboah (right)

BOSTON — Freshman Elijah Olaniyi headlined the pair of all-conference honorees for the Seawolves as he was named the 2018 America East Rookie of the Year. Redshirt sophomore Akwasi Yeboah earned Second Team All-Conference honors as announced by the league office Thursday afternoon. Vermont’s Trae Bell-Haynes was named Player of the Year, UMBC’s K.J. Maura earned Defensive Player of the Year honors and Vermont’s Cam Ward was dubbed the league’s Sixth Man of the Year. Coach of the Year honors went to Vermont’s John Becker and Hartford’s John Gallagher.

Olaniyi has started six of the last seven games for the Seawolves and is averaging 7.5 points nad 3.8 rebounds per game in his debut season. The Newark, New Jersey, native earned America East Rookie of the Week honors four times this season. He ranks third on the team with 31 steals this year.

Yeboah leads Stony Brook with 15.3 points per game, ranking seventh in the conference in scoring. The Chigwell, England native is top 20 in the league in rebounding as he paces the Seawolves with 5.1 per game. He has notched nine 20-plus point games in his sophomore season, leading the team in 15 of the 30 games this year.

Stony Brook begins the America East Playoffs Saturday night with a quarterfinal game at Albany. Opening tip is set for 7 p.m.

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