The 49th annual City University of New York (CUNY) Basketball Championships got underway recently, featuring tournaments for both the community and four-year colleges in the system. The community college tournament ended on February 21st with the men’s and women’s championship games at Kingsborough Community College. The four-year college tournament kicks off on February 22nd with the men’s quarterfinals, and on the 23rd with the women’s quarterfinals.
The City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC) announced the seeding and schedule for the four-year college tournament at its annual Basketball All-Star Luncheon at the Water Club in midtown Manhattan. To no one’s surprise, the top seed for both the men and the women is the College Of Staten Island (CSI). CSI will be trying to pull off a sweep of the men’s and women’s championships, something that hasn’t been done by a CUNY school since 1998. Below are all the seeds:
#1 CSI, #2 York, #3 Baruch, #4 Brooklyn, #5 Hunter, #6 Lehman, #7 John Jay, #8 The City College of New York (CCNY)
#1 CSI, #2 Baruch, #3 Brooklyn, #4 Hunter, #5 Lehman, #6 John Jay, #7 CCNY, #8 York
In both tournaments, CSI will host the 8th seed in the quarterfinals. The 2nd seed will host the 7th seed, next highest seed will host the next lowest, and so on. The semifinals will take place on the 25th for the men and the 26th for the women.
Both championship games will be held on February 28th at CCNY. They will be broadcast on ESPN3, a first for the CUNYAC. The winners head to the NCAA D3 basketball tournament.
In addition to the release of the tournament information, the luncheon was also the place where the conference’s annual awards were given out. The community college awards were distributed first, followed by the four year college men’s awards:
All-CUNYAC Second Team- Raymond De La Cruz (Baruch), Egzon Gjonbalaj (Brooklyn), Jerome Jones (Lehman), Valin Williams (Medgar Evers), Jonathan Chadwick-Myers (CSI)
All-CUNYAC First Team-Granville Gittens (Baruch), Frankie Drayton (Hunter), Korede Griffith (John Jay), Javon Cox (CSI), Omar St John (York), Bloochy Magloire (CSI)
CUNYAC Player Of The Year- Michael Woods (York)
CUNYAC Rookie Of The Year- Frankie Schettino (CSI)
CUNYAC Coach Of The Year- Tony Petosa (CSI)
Burt Beagle Sportsmanship Award- Oshea Alexander (John Jay)
The following women were honored:
All-CUNYAC Second Team- Nicole Francomano (Brooklyn), Amani Lightbourne (Lehman), Sheridan Taylor (Baruch), Nikki Fabozzi (CSI), Katelyn Hepworth (CSI)
All-CUNYAC First Team- Iyana Abrams (Baruch), Megan Campbell (Brooklyn), Jamecia Forsythe (John Jay), Kristen Markoe (Hunter), Nicole Lenard (Hunter)
CUNYAC Player Of The Year- Melanie Johnson (CSI)
CUNYAC Rookie Of The Year-Amely Del Rosario (Lehman)
CUNYAC Coach Of The Year- Tim Shanahan (CSI)
Burt Beagle Sportsmanship Award- Jasmine Dossou (Medgar Evers)
With the winners all announced and the seeding complete, the only things left to decide now are the conference champions. For CUNY’s four-year colleges, the road to the NCAA ends at CCNY, with lots of stops in between. It should be an exciting tournament.