Brits in College Men | January-March recap -

Brits in College Men | January-March recap

Great Osobor Utah State

March Madness is upon us with the college regular seasons wrapping up, so it’s the perfect time to check in on how the Brits have been getting on since our last update.

NCAA Division 1

Amari Williams was named CAA Defensive Player of the Year for a record third time as well as making the All-CAA First Team. The senior forward averaged 12.2 points and 7.8 rebounds per game along with a conference best of 1.8 blocks.

A season-high of 21 points came in January against Monmouth along with 11 rebounds, as one of eight double-doubles for Drexel (20-12) on the year. Teammate Mate Okros posted his season-high at the start of 2024 with a 22-point haul coming in a win over Elon, but the Dragons would lose in the quarter-finals of the Conference tournament as the second seeds.

Great Osobor started 2024 with a career-high of 32 points before adding a further 31 points at the end of January for his third 30-point game of the season for Utah State (26-5) to go with 14 double-doubles – also being named to the Oscar Robertson Trophy and All-America Watch List, as he picked up Mountain West Conference Player of the Year honours.

Josh Uduje was named the Mountain West Sixth Man of the Year after having several games in double figures including a season-high of 20 points at Wyoming as the duo – alongside assistant Chris Haslam – claimed the regular season title.

Elsewhere, junior James Okonkwo also celebrated winning a regular season title as North Carolina (25-6) claimed the ACC crown.

Redshirt sophomore Giovanni Emejuru surpassed a season-high with 23 points along with 15 rebounds in February, before dropping a career best of 30 points for Sienna College (4-26) as they came up short against Manhattan.

Kaiyem Cleary started 2024 with a 23-point outing prior to recording his first double-double of the season. The grad student then went off for a Le Moyn (15-17) school record of 43 points against LIU, and would later add two more double-doubles to finish with 15.3 points per game along with 6.5 rebounds – making the All-NEC First Team.

Ethan Price earned Second Team All-Conference honours after helping Eastern Washington (21-11) to another regular season title with 12.2 points per game. The junior forward had three 20-point games since January and also recorded a first double-double against Northern Colorado.

Toibu Lawal continues to turn heads with his athleticism and he rounded out a solid season with a best of 16 points and 10 rebounds for VCU (19-12) in February, while freshman Michael Belle netted a best of nine points after coming off the bench in the new year.

Latrell Davis scored a season-high for San Jose State (9-22) with 20 points in a defeat against Wyoming before adding a further 17 points at home to Nevada. Sultan Adewale had back-to-back games with eight points for Iona (14-16) in February to mark a return to the starting lineup for the final stretch.

Cam Hildreth opened 2024 with 23 and 25 point games before recording a first double-double in February. The guard closed out the season with six successive games with 10 or more points including in a memorable win over Duke, while Matt Marsh tied his season high with seven points against Clemson.

Ndewedo Newbury enjoyed an increase to his scoring output in the second half of the season with two games with 22 points – both against Portland – for San Francisco (23-9) as well as a 19-point outing off the bench.

Elijah Walsh posted a season-high of 18 points during a run of five straight games in double figures for Campbell (14-18) during February, while Tomiwa Sulaiman had two games with 10 points and eight rebounds in a role off the bench for Towson (19-13) before scoring 12 points in their opening win in the CAA Tournament.

Hosana Kitenge enjoyed a strong second half of the season to finish with averages of 11.9 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. The junior big man put up 25 points in early January, recorded 17 rebounds at Old Dominion, and also had a 23-point, 13-rebound double-double with 18 of 20 appearances in double figures in scoring since the turn of the year.

Ade Adebayo had his best display since the New Year with nine points and eight rebounds for UC Davis (19-12) as they went on to claim the No.2 seed in the Big West Tournament.

Joel Armotrading recorded a first double-double of the season at Cal Poly (4-28) with 10 points and 13 rebounds with the team without a win since December. Wesley Oba posted a second double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds at the start of February, and also had a 14-point outing before starting the final three games for Delaware State (13-17).

Sam Alajiki had his second double-digit performance with 10 points in 17 minutes for Rice (11-20) in a win over UAB, with Tariq Balogun scoring 17 points upon returning to the starting lineup for Binghampton (15-15) as well as five more games in double figures.

Alex Tew posted 16 points and six rebounds in January for his best performance for Weber State (20-11), while Eduardo Andre had two games in double figures for Fresno State (11-20) to round out his senior year.

Micheal Anumba logged 46 minutes during a triple OT victory for Winthrop (17-15) in January before putting up a season-high of 16 points against Gardner-Webb in the midst of a run of five straight games in double figures to close the season.

Theo Hughes was a perfect 5 of 5 from the field in an 11-point cameo for Northern Colorado (19-13) in their regular season finale, while Rob Banks hit a season-high seven points in a first start for Texas A&M – Commerce (12-19).

Ben Brown scored a best of six points for Dartmouth (6-21) against Yale, and would earn a first start in their next outing, while fellow freshman Zamoku Weluche-Ume netted seven points for George Washington (15-15) in a close defeat.

NCAA Division 2

Blaize Sagna matched his career-high with 36 points for Minnesota Crookston (6-22) in a win over Winona State in January and would follow with two more 30-point games to take his tally to seven for the season.

The junior guard was only held to less than 10 points in a game once in the second half of the season and finished with a scoring average of 20.8 points per game – earning a spot on the All-NSIC Second Team.

Aaron Badibo had a big finish to the year with Malone (15-13) including five double-doubles. The senior posted 24 points and 18 rebounds against Ohio Dominican and produced a season-high of 26 points in the penultimate game of the season – finishing with 15.9 points and 8.7 rebounds averages.

Niall Harris recorded his first double-double of the season at the start of 2024 and then had a big 15-point, 16-rebound outing. The grad student exploded for a career-high 33 points in February for Florida Tech (16-12) in an overtime loss, and would add three more double-doubles.

Fin Woodward had a run of six games in eight with double figures in scoring in his role off the bench for West Liberty (25-6) including a season-high 19 points along with six rebounds in February. The regular season title winners went on to lose in the MEC Championship game, but will compete in the Atlantic Region of the D2 Tournament.

Meanwhile, Kanu Gudza will also be involved with William Jewell (21-10) in the Midwest Regional after claiming their first GLVC Championship.

Louis Grante-Halliday matched his season-high for Western Washington (17-12) with 15 points in January after going 4-4 from the field and making all six free throw attempts in the win, while Sam Grant recorded a best of nine points for Sioux Falls (13-17) during February.

Grad student Tim Adetukasi posted 23 points and 11 rebounds against Westmont in January before closing out the season for CUI (10-16) with another double-double of 19 points and 14 boards against the same opponents in a two-point defeat.

Sean Trumper opened 2024 with a 25-point haul for Franklin Pierce (4-25) and followed with three successive 20-point games including a season-high of 26 in a high-scoring loss in January before being sidelined.

Franklin Agu marked a run in the starting lineup for St Mary’s with a season-high 21 points in January before matching the feat a few games later. The junior forward posted a double-double of 11 points and 14 rebounds and scored in double figures in 10 of the last 11 games of the season.

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