Seven Elms College basketball players received NECC All-Conference honors for the 2015-16 season.

NECC Basketball All-Conference

Seven Elms College basketball players received NECC All-Conference honors for the 2015-16 season.

Blazers Named to NECC All-Conference Basketball Teams

Seven Elms College basketball players -- four men and three women -- received 2015-16 All-Conference honors from the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) this week.

On the men’s team, senior Jerry Buchanon of Windsor, Conn. (at left in photo), was named Player of the Year and selected to the First Team All-Conference. Buchanon is the second Blazer ever to take home Player of the Year honors; Juan Maldonado was the first, back in 2009-10. Juniors Symon Smith of Oklahoma City (top left in photo) and Conny Ihearahu of Largo, Md. (top right in photo), received their first conference awards, earning Third Team All-NECC designations. Junior Dimitri Tessier of Brockton, Mass., was selected to the All-Sportsmanship team.

Buchanon had composed a stellar senior season, ranking sixth in the nation in scoring, averaging 25.6 points per game, setting a new program record for single season average. He became the eighth player to join the men's basketball 1,000-point club and set program records for points in a season, with 666 points in 26 contests. Buchanon netted double figures in every game, including 30-point efforts in seven games, highlighted by a career-high 43 points at Regis College on Feb. 13, setting the program mark for points in a game. In conference play, Buchanon led the NECC with 26.4 points per game, shooting 50% from the field and 38.1% from three-point range, and 40 total steals. Buchanon became Elms second-leading scorer of all time, with 1,484 career points.

Ihearahu claimed his first conference award after averaging 11.8 points with a team-high 8.7 rebounds per game. Ihearahu ranked fourth in the NECC in rebounds per game and fifth in total rebounds (218), eighth-most in a season in program history. Ihearahu notched nine double-doubles on the season and tallied 26 blocks, third-most in the NECC, and moved into second all-time in career blocks in program history.

In his first season with the Blazers, Smith contributed 14.3 points per game, ranking tenth in the NECC, with 3.2 assists and 3.1 rebounds. He finished third in the NECC from the free-throw line (83.2%), and ranked fourth in steals with 40, including 29 in conference play.

On the women’s team, senior JC Pickett of Chicopee, Mass. (bottom left in photo), and junior Emily Burr of East Hartford, Conn. (bottom right in photo), claimed Second Team All-NECC honors. This is the fourth All-Conference award for Pickett and the first for Burr. Senior Maira Pantoja of East Windsor, Conn., was voted to the All-Sportsmanship team.

Pickett collects her second career Second Team selection after averaging 9.4 points with a team-high 8.1 rebounds per game. Pickett registered her 1,000th career point against Regis on Feb. 13, becoming the eighth player in program history to accomplish the feat. She ranked sixth in the NECC in field goal percentage, shooting at a 46.8% clip, while finishing seventh in total rebounds (219) and 10th in rebounds per game. Pickett swatted 40 shots on the season, fourth-most in the NECC, and set the program mark for blocks in a season.

Burr led the Blazers offense with a team-high 12.8 points per game, ranking 11th in the league, while adding 3.6 rebounds and nearly two assists per game. Burr netted double digits in points in 17 games on the season, including a career-high 23 points on three occasions. Burr finished ninth in the NECC in total points (345), and 10th in three-point field goal percentage (27.3) and free throws made (81).