Knight earns UMFK’s first national Player of the Year award; other Bengals honored

FORT KENT, Maine — Multiple University of Maine at Fort Kent basketball players shined at the United States Collegiate Athletic Association award banquet this week.

The USCAA Tuesday named UMFK men’s basketball senior Anthony Knight the 2018 USCAA Division I Player of the Year and First Team All-American at the annual USCAA Winter National Championships Banquet, which took place in Uniontown, Pennsylvania.

Knight, “one of the most efficient players in the USCAA”, as mentioned during the awards ceremony, won the first USCAA Player of the Year award for a UMFK basketball player, man or woman, according to a UMFK press release.

The senior swingman averaged 18.8 points per game, six rebounds a game and ranked third in the USCAA in total steals. Knight shot over 52 percent from the floor and 77 percent from the line this season, while also averaging three assists per game. He had ten 20-point games and three 30-point outings this year.

UMFK’s Savana Jankowski, seen here with United States Collegiate Athletic Association Board Member from Florida College, Pat Todd, earned a spot on the organization’s First Team All-American squad. Jankowski and other UMFK players attended the USCAA award banquet on Feb. 27 in Uniontown, Pennsylvania. (Courtesy of UMFK)

Knight, a first-year player from San Francisco, is the second First Team All-American to play for Coach Tom Bird (Joe McCloskey, 2014-2015). Knight and his fellow Bengals were scheduled to play Wednesday against Dean College in a rematch of the 2017 USCAA quarterfinal.

Savana Jankowski, a sophomore for the women’s Bengal hoops team who led the USCAA in scoring this season, averaging 19.5 points per game, also earned a spot as a First Team All-American. She was top 10 in the USCAA in eight total categories, including free throws made and steals, and was second in overall points with 430.

Jankowski and the Bengals were set to play Wednesday against second seeded Florida College in a USCAA Women’s Division I quarterfinal game.

The USCAA also named UMFK players Troy Williams and Bobby Syvanthong Second Team All-Americans for the men’s Bengals team.

Williams, a junior from Oregon, started 19 games in his first season as a Bengal. He shot 44 percent from the floor, including a team high 39 percent from long range. Williams is second on the team in points per game at 11.7.

Syvanthong, a senior guard, averages 8 points, 7.5 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 2.3 steals per game for the Bengals. He had five double-doubles on the season, including career highs of 16 rebounds and 13 assists in a December game at Vermont Technical College

Jarid Walton, a junior transfer, had a 4.0 GPA in his first semester as a Bengal and was named Academic All-American. Walton is a business major who averages 7.3 points a game, and has nine double figure scoring games this season.

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