University of the Sciences freshman forward Garret Kerr has been named the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Rookie of the Year in voting done by the league's 13 coaches and announced by the conference office today. Kerr was also voted onto the CACC All-Conference Team as a second team selection.
Dominican College's Cory Quimby and Bloomfield's Ahmad Harris were named CACC Co-Players of the Year. Chuck Hammond of Goldey-Beacom College was named the CACC coach of the Year.
The University of the Sciences men's basketball team was also selected as the recipient of the 2012 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Team Sportsmanship Award. The CACC Team Sportsmanship Award is given to the team in each sponsored conference sport that best exemplifies the spirit of athletic competition and sportsmanship. The voting for this award is also done by the league's 13 coaches. This year's selection marks the third time in the past four seasons that the USciences men's basketball team has earned the CACC Team Sportsmanship Award.
Kerr (Middle Township High School/Moorestown, N.J.) was a seven-time CACC Rookie of the Week and a two-time CACC Player of the Week. Garret enjoyed a breakthrough rookie campaign which saw him lead the nation (Division II) in rebounding (13.0 rpg) and double-doubles (21). He has notched a double-double in each of his last 20 games – which is the longest streak in NCAA Division II this season.
The freshman forward moved into the starting lineup six games into the season when one of his teammates went down with an injury and recorded a double-double in each of his 19 starts. Over the course of the 20-game streak, Kerr averaged 18.4 points and 14.5 rebounds per game while playing in a workman-like 788 out of a possible 800 minutes.
Garret finished the season averaging 15.9 points per game to go along with his best-in-nation 13.0 rebounds per game average. He ranks tenth in the CACC in scoring along with the fifth best field goal percentage in the league (53.2%). Kerr's rebound average which is tops amongst Division II players is also the fourth highest amongst all NCAA basketball player in all divisions.
Kerr set several school records over the course of the season, including most double-doubles (21), most consecutive double-doubles (20), most defensive rebounds (221) and most defensive rebounds per game (8.8). He also broke the school's freshman record for rebounds in a season with 325 and is just the third player in school history to have 300 or more rebounds in a season (Bob Davis- 343 (1965-66) and Ray Tarnowski – 303 (72-73)). The rebound average is the third highest single season mark in program history behind Davis (19.1, 1965-66) and Gil D'Alonzo (13.6, 1967-68).
The former Middle Township High School Athlete is in his first season of play for the Devils. A 1000+-point scorer in high school, Kerr was a First Team All-South Jersey honoree as a senior, leading Middle Township to the South Jersey Group II Championship. Garret is a physical therapy major at the University of the Sciences.