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March 11, 1999

PSC Men's Hoop player named ECAC New England Co-Player of the Year

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - The post-season honors continue to roll in for the star of the Plymouth State College men's basketball team.

Point guard Adam DeChristopher (Brockton, MA), who earned a long list of pre-season and regular season honors this season, has been selected Eastern College Athletic Conference New England Co-Player of the Year for 1999. The senior captain, who shared the top honor with Connecticut College's Zach Smith, was also named to the ECAC All-New England First Team for the second straight year.

DeChristopher is also a finalist for several awards handed out by the National Association of Basketball Coaches, including All-America, All-New England, and New England Player of the Year.

The ECAC Player of the Year honor is the third such post-season accolade DeChristopher has received this season. He received his second straight Player of the Year awards from both the Little East Conference and the New Hampshire Division III Coaches Association.

"Adam is such a special kid, he deserves all the recognition he's getting," said PSC head coach Jim Ferry, who was named the New Hampshire Division III Coach of the Year. "He carried us night in and night out, and he is not only one of the best players I've ever coached, but one of the finest young men I‘ve been around."

A 6'1" guard out of Cardinal Spellman High School, DeChristopher wrapped up a sensational career in a Panther uniform this season. He averaged 21.9 points, 6.1 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.4 steals, helping PSC to a share of its second straight Little East Conference regular season title (11-3). He shot 45 percent from the field, 80 percent from the free throw line, and 41 percent from three-point range as the Panthers set the single-season school record for victories with a 22-8 overall record.

DeChristopher made his mark in the Panther all-time record book. He finished second on PSC's career scoring list with 2,090 points, which ranks eighth on New Hampshire's all-time men's basketball scoring list for all college divisions. DeChristopher also connected on a school-record 278 career three-pointers, including 88 this winter.

The day after PSC's season ended, in the title game of the ECAC New England Tournament, DeChristopher made his first appearance at Plymouth State's baseball practice. He is one of the top starting pitchers in the Panther rotation.

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