WATERVILLE, Maine – Castleton University senior forward Chad Copeland has been voted First Team All-North Atlantic Conference, as the men's basketball conference postseason awards were announced Wednesday by the league office after a vote of the 10 conference head coaches.
Copeland, named First Team All-NAC for the second time in his collegiate career after receiving the honor in 2013-14, was one of two Spartans to start all 24 games during the regular season. He led the team with 17.3 points and 7.2 rebounds per game, shooting 51.7 percent from the field and 71.3 percent from the free throw line.
Entering the NAC Tournament semifinals and finals this weekend, Copeland is sixth in the NAC in scoring average and rebounding average and ninth in field goal percentage. He reached double figures in scoring in all but two games this season, with a season-high 31 points against Husson on Jan. 20, as well as 30-point efforts at Johnson State Dec. 8 and at Maine Maritime Feb. 10. Copeland notched five double-doubles this season, including a season-high 13 rebounds to go along with 15 points at Southern Vermont Nov. 27.
Last weekend, Copeland moved into fifth place on Castleton's all-time scoring list and goes into the weekend with 1,646 career points, 10 points from passing George Price (1985-89) for fourth place. He is also third on the Spartan career rebounding list with 791, fourth on the blocked shots list with 100 career blocks, and eighth on the all-time made free throws list with 307.
Junior guard Pavin Parrish was named to the 2017 NAC Men's Basketball Sportsmanship Team for distinguishing himself through demonstrated acts of sportsmanship and ethical behavior. According to the NAC release, Parrish and the other honorees "are individuals who have positively affected the basketball culture and environment and whose behavior clearly demonstrates sportsmanship and integrity that go beyond the playing rules and etiquette."
Raheem Anderson of Husson was voted Player of the Year, while teammate Justin Martin received Defensive Player of the Year honors. Dick Meader, in his 24th season as head coach at Maine-Farmington, was voted Coach of the Year by his peers. For the entire rundown of the NAC postseason awards, click here.
Castleton, 16-8 overall and 11-7 within the NAC, is the second seed in this weekend's NAC Tournament and faces third seed Thomas Friday, Feb. 24, at 1 p.m. at Husson University in Bangor, Maine.