POTSDAM - Junior John Coleman (Potsdam, NY), senior Marques Charlton (Deer Park, NY), and sophomore Felix Abongo (Beacon, NY) of the Clarkson University Mens Basketball team stood out all season long for the Golden Knights, and the coaches of the conference took notice as the three were picked as Liberty League All-Stars on Monday.
Coleman, a former Potsdam Central standout, was a unanimous Liberty League First-Team All-Star, while Charlton and Abongo each garnered Liberty League Second-Team All-Star notice.
Coleman, one of three unanimous selections to the Liberty League First-Team, had a tremendous season that saw him becoming the 19th member of Clarksons 1000-point club. Coleman averaged 19.7 points per game (third in the league) and scored 512 points, the third-highest total in program history. He also led the conference in field goal percentage (58.2%), field goals made (227), and steals (69, 2.7 spg), with the latter two figures also setting or tying program marks. The junior guard/forward produced 20 points or more on 17 occasions in 2013-14, including a career-high 29 against SUNY Canton and later against RIT. Coleman also had five double-doubles and averaged 7.0 rebounds per game, sixth in the Liberty League.
Charlton moved up a spot from Honorable Mention in 2012-13 to become a Liberty League Second-Team All-Star as a senior. The co-captain and starting guard averaged 17.3 points per game, fifth in the Liberty league, including eight 20-point games and a pair of 30-point efforts, highlighted by a career-high 33 points against Hartwick. He ranked in the top 10 in the conference in numerous other categories, including 3-pointers made (70), 3-point field goal percentage (38.5%), free throw percentage (85.7%), assists (3.4 apg), and steals (1.3 spg). Charlton, who became the 18th player ever at Clarkson to amass 1000 career points, finished his career with 1194 points and 361 assists, one of only three players in program history to record more than 1000 points and 200 assists in a career.
Abongo, a unanimous selection to the Liberty League All-Rookie team in 2012-13, dramatically improved his stock as a Liberty League Second-Team All-Star as a sophomore. Abongo recorded five double-doubles and averaged 14.0 points per game, 13th in the Liberty League, and 7.2 rebounds per game, fourth in the conference. He also shot 45.0% from the floor, the eighth-best figure in the Liberty League, and was 16th in assists at 2.3 apg. He had three 20-point games, including a career-high 29 points against St. Lawrence on January 14th. His 132 defensive rebounds are the fourth-highest figure for the program in the past 25 seasons.
WOMENS TRIO CITED
Sophomore Ashley Loggins (Albany, NY), junior Cara Manfredi (Glastonbury, CT) and freshman Stephanie Grobe (White River Junction, VT) of the Clarkson womens basketball team each earned Liberty League All-Star notice on Monday when the conference announced its post-season all-star teams.
Loggins was chosen as a Liberty League Second-Team All-Star for the second straight season, while Manfredi was picked as a Liberty League Honorable Mention All-Star in her first year in the conference. Grobe was a unanimous selection to the Liberty Leagues five-member All-Rookie team.
Loggins, named six times to the Liberty League Weekly Honor Roll, averaged 15.0 points per game, which ranked sixth in the conference, and is already 18th all-time on Clarksons career scoring list with 776 points. She also was among the conference leaders in rebounding (7.3 rpg, 11th), field-goal percentage (43.7%, 7th), and steals (2.1 spg, 2nd). Loggins reached double figures in scoring 20 times in the 24-game schedule, including four 20-point games with a career-high 28 coming against Skidmore midway through the conference season. She also posted four double-doubles.
Manfredi was in her first season with the Golden Knights after transferring from Geneseo State and made an immediate impact with five 20-point games, including a 30-point effort versus Morrisville State in the opening month of the season. She averaged 13.7 points per game, good enough for 12th in the Liberty League, and was third in the conference in 3-pointers made with 53, the second most made in a single season at Clarkson. She also averaged 4.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists, and 1.9 steals per game.
Grobe, one of five unanimous members of the Liberty League All-Rookie team, led a strong freshman class at Clarkson and was twice named Liberty League Rookie of the Week. She scored in double figures on five occasions with a career-high 17 against Cazenovia early on in the campaign. She averaged 7.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.0 steals, and 1.0 blocks per game.