Landmark Conference names Kearney Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year
WASHINGTON – Chris Kearney was named the Landmark Conference Men's Basketball Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year on Thursday. Kearney, who helped lead CUA to its first-ever Landmark title and first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2007 this season, was named an All-American by three outlets, including First Team honors from the NABC.
In addition to the NABC, D3Hoops.com and DIII News named Kearney an All-American. The Mid-Atlantic Player of the Year, Kearney became the first player in Landmark Conference history to be named the Player and Defensive Player of the Year in the same season in 2012-13.
The 10th All-American in the 102-year history of CUA Basketball, Kearney earned First Team All-Region and All-Conference recognition, in addition to being named an ECAC All-Star.
Kearney led CUA in scoring (16.7) and rebounding (7.0) this season, while helping to carry the Cards to a top-10 national ranking. Kearney shot 53.1 percent from the field and blocked 2 shots per game. The 6-7 post player ranked in the top 10 of five statistical categories within the Landmark, including scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage, blocks and minutes.
A native of Virginia, Kearney was named to the D3Hoops.com Team of the Week on two occasions, in addition to being the Landmark Player of the Week twice. He was also selected to the NABC Reese's Division III College All-Star Game, which took place on March 23.
Kearney scored in double figures 25 times this season, topping out with a career-high 32 points in a win over Scranton on January 19. He then dropped another 30 points at Scranton on February 9.
The third leading shot blocker in school history, Kearney posted eight double-digit rebound games this season, with a high of 15 at Merchant Marine Academy on January 26. That same day, the CUA tri-captain scored the 1,000th point of his career.
A finalist for the prestigious Jostens Trophy, which is presented annually to the top male and female basketball student-athlete in Division III, Kearney carries over a 3.5 grade point average in the classroom as a business management major.
He is a multi-year member of the Landmark Conference Academic Honor Roll and was named to the Capital One Academic All-District Team this season.