NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Junior Mikey Watkins, sophomore Jordan Minor and freshman Malik Edmead of the Merrimack College men’s basketball all received honors from the Northeast Conference (NEC) on Friday afternoon when the NEC announced its major award winners and all-conference teams following the completion of the regular season.
Both Watkins and Minor landed on the NEC All-Conference Third Team following breakout seasons. Edmead was one of five student-athletes league-wide to earn a spot on the NEC All-Rookie Team. For all three student-athletes, it marked their first career all-conference recognitions.
Merrimack’s starting point guard in all 18 games and one of the NEC’s top minutes earners, Watkins was a mainstay for the Warriors all year. He ranked seventh in the NEC by playing 34.6 minutes per game, setting career highs in points (12.0), assists (3.8), and rebounds (3.7) per game. Watkins also shared the NEC lead in steals per game at 2.0, totaling a team-high 34 thefts on the year. He shot a career-best 49.1 percent from the field, and set a new personal high with 38 free throws made. Watkins scored in double figures in 14 of 18 games, posted at least five assists in 10 games and totaled three steals or more in six of 18 contests.
Minor emerged as one of Merrimack’s top options in his second season, stepping into a starting role after serving as a reserve during his rookie campaign. He ranked among the top five in the NEC in rebounds per game, blocks per game and offensive rebounds per game, setting career highs in all three areas in addition to a new personal best with 145 total rebounds. On the offensive front, Minor tied for the team lead with a career-best 12.0 points per game while shooting 48.0 percent from the field. He also bested his freshman year marks with 83 field goals made and 49 free throws made. During the season, Minor recorded four straight double-doubles to become the first Warrior to accomplish that feat since 2002; he led Merrimack with five total double-doubles on the year. The Kingston, Mass. native earned his first NEC Player of the Week honor this winter as well.
Edmead represented Merrimack’s top newcomer, and is the program’s first ever NEC All-Rookie selection. The Kings Park, N.Y. native averaged 7.8 points per game over 17 contests, playing 14.9 minutes per game as the team’s top guard off the bench. He added 26 assists, 24 rebounds and 13 steals as well. Edmead was a particularly efficient offensive player, leading the Warriors with a 49.5 field goal percentage, which ranked 12th in the NEC. The guard posted five games with at least 10 points, including a breakout game with 23 points at LIU (1/28).