4 Bonnies receive A-10 honors
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Four St. Bonaventure men’s basketball players earned All-Atlantic 10 honors with the release of the all-conference teams, highlighted by a second consecutive Defensive Player of the Year award for senior center Osun Osunniyi. In addition, senior Jalen Adaway was named First Team All-Conference while classmates Kyle Lofton (Third Team) and Jaren Holmes (All-Academic) also received recognition in a vote of league coaches.
The program’s first A-10 Defensive Player of the Year a season ago, Osunniyi repeats as the league’s top defensive star. A dominant presence in the post since his first games as a freshman, the 6-foot-10 Osunniyi also was named to the league’s All-Conference Second Team, his third straight season on the all-conference squads.
St. Bonaventure’s all-time blocks leader with 290 in his career, Osunniyi led all A-10 players with 79 swats this season. For the third season in a row, he was the only A-10 player to rank in the conference top-six for blocks (first), field goal percentage (60.5%, second) and rebounding (7.5 rebounds per game, sixth).
Due in large part to Osunniyi’s performance, the Bonnies are plus-226 in paint scoring with him in the lineup this year and outrebounded opponents 17 times. Osunniyi blocked at least one shot in 25 of 27 games played this year including 15 efforts of three or more swats. On the offensive end, he averaged 11.3 points per game including 12.1 points and 8.3 rebounds per contest against conference opponents.
With this year’s selection, Osunniyi becomes the first player in St. Bonaventure history to receive All-Defensive Team honors in four straight seasons and the seventh in league history to repeat as Defensive Player of the Year. He needs four more blocks to break into the top-10 all-time in Atlantic 10 history and he is currently fourth among active Division I players nationwide.
Adaway served as the leader of Bonaventure’s offensive attack this season, pacing the team in scoring at 16.0 points per game while adding 6.4 rebounds in nearly 38 minutes per night. He shot nearly 49% overall from the floor, almost 82 percent at the foul line and scored in double figures in all but one of his 27 games played.
The Indiana native performed at his best in conference play, posting 17.4 points per game while never failing to score at least 12 points in every A-10 contest. He topped 20 points seven times, six coming against A-10 opponents, and his shooting success rate surpassed 50% in league games. Adaway ranked fifth in league scoring among all A-10 players.
Adaway’s selection makes seven straight seasons with at least one St. Bonaventure player on the A-10 First Team. In all, he is the 14th individual Bonnies player to take First Team Atlantic 10 All-Conference spotlight. This year, Adaway is joined by Luka Brajkovic and Hyunjung Lee of Davidson, Josh Oduro of George Mason, Yuri Collins of Saint Louis and Vince Williams of VCU on the All-Conference First Team.
Lofton joins Osunniyi by becoming the sixth and seventh players in Bonaventure history to receive All-Conference First, Second or Third Team honors in three straight years.
A two-time First Team selection, Lofton was named to the Third Team as a senior despite ranking second in the league this season in assists (5.9 apg) and third in both steals (2.2 spg) and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.2) to again cement himself as one of the league’s best point guards. The New Jersey native also ranks among the national leaders in assists (ninth) and steals (23rd), continuing his role as an all-around leader who has been at the center of Bona’s success the past four years.
Lofton battled an ankle injury earlier this season, but still averaged 13.0 points per contest while scoring in double figures 18 times. He ranks fifth among all Division I players in minutes per game (38.2 mpg). Named the Charleston Classic MVP in November, he also set the program’s single-game assists record (17) last month while rising to fourth in school history for helpers as well as 15th in career scoring and seventh in career steals. He has received All-Conference honors in each of his four seasons after taking an All-Rookie Team spot following his freshman campaign.
Holmes becomes just the second player in program history to be named to the All-Academic Team for a third time, joining Peter Van Paasen (1999-01) in doing so. A sports media major with a 3.66 cumulative GPA, he is one of five players to receive the recognition leaguewide after being named CoSIDA Academic All-District as well.
On the court, Holmes ranks second on the team in scoring at 13.6 points per game, adding 5.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists. The senior guard stands sixth in the nation for minutes at 37.9 per game and scored in double figures in 20 of 28 games.
Bona’s four players honored as members of all-conference teams represent a program record.
St. Bonaventure finished the regular season 20-8 overall and 12-5 in conference play, earning the No. 4 spot in the A-10 heading into this week’s conference tournament in Washington, D.C.