McGowan Named CAC Player of the Year For Second Straight Year
YORK, PA-York College men’s basketball players Chad McGowan (Dallastown, Pa./Dallastown) and Levi Winters (Manchester, Pa./Northeastern) have been named to the 2008 All-Capital Athletic Conference men’s basketball teams as announced by the league office on Tuesday afternoon. In addition to McGowan’s berth on the first-team, he was named the conference’s Player-of-the-Year for the second consecutive year. He is just the fourth player in the 18-year history of the CAC to be named the best men’s basketball player in the conference twice. He is also just the second player at York College to earn the conference P.O.Y award twice after volleyball’s Kerry Casperson earned the honor in 2002 and 2003.
McGowan finished his stellar career as the second all-time leading scorer in school history with 1,980 points while he won 87 games in his four years. York captured three regular season CAC titles, one CAC tournament title, made two NCAA Tournament appearances including one trip to the Final Four. He is a three-time All-CAC selection and was named the conference Rookie-of-the-Year in 2005. He was a first-team NABC All-American last year in addition to being the Mid-Atlantic Region Player-of-the-Year, both honors he should have a chance to duplicate this year.
This season, McGowan was nothing short of amazing as he led the conference in scoring (23.4 ppg), rebounding (8.5 rpg), and defensive rebounds (6.08 drpg) while he was third in field goal percentage (57.3%), second in blocked shots (1.4 bspg), and ninth in minutes played per game (32.6 mpg).
Spartan head coach Jeff Gamber is pleased to see his All-American honored by the conference again.
“Chad had a great year,” states Gamber. “He was better day-to-day and game-to-game than during his All-American season last year.”
McGowan recorded a team-best 10 double-doubles as he was in double figures in scoring in all 24 games this year. He established a new career-high of 37 points in the February 16 Senior Day win over Wesley. He had 15 20-plus point efforts and four 30-plus point games this year.
Winters made his lone season in the green and white a memorable one as he averaged 14.7 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. He shot 47.5% from the floor, 33.3% from three, and 71.6% from the free throw line. He started all 26 Spartan games as he reached double figures in 21 games including a career-high 26 points in the February 2 win at Mary Washington. Winters notched three double-doubles including a career-high 14 rebounds in the November 16 win over Frostburg State which earned him a spot on the all-tournament team at the Roanoke Jimmy V Classic Tournament.
Gamber enjoyed the contributions of Winters during the 2007-08 season.
“Levi played really good basketball in all phases of the game for us this year,” says Gamber.
The Spartans will lose McGowan and Winters for 2008-09 but Gamber does return 2006-07 CAC Rookie-of-the-Year Nick Brady (Hanover, Pa./Delone Catholic) and a core of talented underclassmen as they look to continue to be one of the top programs in the CAC.
Chad McGowan photo courtesy of Eric Linsley