Program's all-time 3-pt. shooter and fourth all-time scoring leader tabbed
BABSON PARK, Mass. - Eastern Connecticut State University men's basketball guard Edwin Ortiz (Hartford) will participate in the annual New England Basketball Coaches Association (NEBCA) Division III Senior All-Star Game tomorrow at Staake Gymnasium on the campus of Babson College.
A total of 25 institutions are represented with at least one selection for the showcase, which benefits the Coaches vs. Cancer campaign.
Eastern's only senior, Ortiz concluded his 108-game career ranked fourth all-time with 1,438 career points. The program's all-time three-point field goal leader with 267 - more than 100 more than his nearest competitor - Ortiz broke his own season record with 79 three-pointers this season.
The game will feature many seniors who have already been named to All-America, all-region, and all-conference teams, and as their respective conference Player-of- the-Year honors. Adam Choice of Colby participated in the NABC Division III All-Star Game and was selected as an NABC and d3hoops.com All-America. He will be joined by Terrell Hollins of Brandeis, an NABC All-Star Game participant, and conference MVP's Aaron Trigg of Gordon College, Juan Maldonado of Elms College, and Rui Carmo of Green Mountain College.
Eastern's only senior, Ortiz helped the Warriors win 20 of 30 games this year, a program-record nine of which came in 14 regular-season conference games.The team was named to a post-season tournament for the first time in ten years and reached the championship game of the ECAC New England Division III Tournament as the No. 1 seed. Eastern became only the third team in the program's 68-year history to win 20 games, concluding only one win shy of the 21 victories established in 1969/70 and equaled in 1992/93.
The 6-0 inch guard shared time between point and shooting guard this year, when he repeated as a second-team conference all-star. He averaged 13.4 points with a program-record 79 three-pointers and was second on the team in assists (66) and led the conference in three-point field goals and free throw percentage (.893) and was seventh in the LEC in three-point field goal percentage (.389).
A former LEC Rookie-of-the-Year, Ortiz recorded at least one three-point field goal in 28 of 30 games this year, with a personal-high eight coming Dec. 8 against Endicott College. He scored a team-high 17 points (5-of-7 from three-point range) in the final game of his collegiate career in a loss to Elms College in the ECAC tournament final at Geissler Gymnasium.
Ortiz becomes the tenth Eastern player since 1996 to be named to the all-star game - fourth in eight years under current eight-year head coach Bill Geitner. He is among three selections from the Little East Conference, joining Jake Grimes of Rhode Island College and Brandon Shelton of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
EASTERN'S SELECTIONS TO THE NEBCA SENIOR ALL-STAR GAME
2009/10: EDWIN ORTIZ 1999/00: Jay Wetherell
2007/08: Leon Martin 1998/99: Rich Martin
2006/07: Mike Parker 1993/94: Bari Winner
2003/04: Michael Kipphut 1997/98: Bryan Moretti
2001/02: Rich Vega 1995/96: Edward Silva