YORK, PA – York College men’s basketball senior Nick Brady (Hanover, Pa./Delone Catholic) was named the 2010 Capital Athletic Conference Player-of-the-Year as the post-season conference awards were announced on Tuesday. Brady, who was also a first-team selection, was joined on the all-conference squad by junior guard Kevin Whaley (Dover, Pa./Dover) who was tabbed as a second-team selection.
Brady is the second Spartan in the history of the CAC to earn the conference Player-of-the-Year award as former Spartan standout Chad McGowan was a two-time winner in 2007 and 2008.
Brady was the heart and soul of a Spartan squad that won 19 games, a 10-game improvement over the 2008-2009 season. He finished his 26-game senior season averaging 20 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 1.5 assists per game. He shot 47.2% from the floor, 41.3% from three and 84.7% from the free throw line.
Brady reached double figures in every game this year with 13 20-plus point games and three 30-plus point games. He recorded a career-high 36 points in the January 20 win at Mary Washington.
His name is featured throughout the CAC statistical leaders. He is first in free throw percentage, first in three point field goals made, second in scoring, third in defensive rebounds, fourth in three point field goal percentage, eighth in rebounding, and 14th in field goal percentage.
Brady was a two-year Spartan captain and closed out his career as one of eight Spartans to reach 1,500 career points. He finished his 104-game career with 1,524 points, 552 rebounds, 158 assists, and 87 steals. He was a 44.9% career shooter from the floor, 39.6% from three and 77.5% from the free throw line. Brady canned 218 threes in his career including 76 during his senior year.
“Nick had an awesome year,” said 33-year Spartan head coach Jeff Gamber. “He is very deserving of this honor. His consistency especially with his perimeter shot was amazing. Nick also provided us with great leadership throughout the season.”
Whaley made an immediate impact on the Spartans from day one after transferring into the Green and White program. The junior guard averaged 16.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game. He shot 48.2% from the floor, 43% from beyond the arc and 81.3% from the charity stripe.
Whaley was very consistent as he reached double figures in all but two games and had six 20-plus point performances including a career-high 27 points in the February 13 game against Mary Washington.
He ranks in a number of conference categories as he is third in three point field goal percentage, fourth in three point field goals made, sixth in scoring, fifth in free throw percentage, sixth in steals, sixth in assists, and 11th in field goal percentage.
“Kevin adjusted to our system faster than anyone could expect,” said Gamber. “He fit in beautifully and played great for us all year.”
Whaley highlights a very solid core for the Spartans in 2010-2011 as they return three starters including a group of players who had their seasons cut short by injury.