Baruch's Chimaechi Ekekeugbor Earns Five All-Star Recognition Awards

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Baruch College junior forward Chimaechi Ekekeugbor has been honored for a stellar 2016-17 junior season by being voted as a Division III Met Basketball Writer's Association First Team All-Star in regional voting conducted by coaches within the New York, New Jersey and southern Connecticut region.

The honors for Ekekeugbor do not stop there this season, as the native of Matawan, New Jersey was also voted a CUNYAC First Team All-Star, a National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Second Team All-Star, a All-Atlantic Region Third Team All-Star, and Honorable Mention All-Star by the ECAC Metro Region.

Overall, Chima garnered accolades in all the available all-star categories for a basketball player from the metropolitan area. Prior to the start of the season, he was also listed as a 2016-17 DIII News Preseason All-American Honorable Mention.

During the 2016-17 season, he averaged 19.0 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game. He totaled 13 double-doubles and recorded double-figures in all 28 contests.

He scored his 1,000th career point in a neutral site win against Goucher at the Western New York Tournament hosted by Medaille College on Friday, November 18.

Nicknamed Chima, he currently owns a career scoring total of 1,499 points, which is sixth best all-time in Baruch men's basketball history.

Chima, along with all the top team honorees on the NCAA Division I, II and III levels, will be honored at the 84th Annual NIT/MBWA All-Met Haggerty Awards Dinner Awards on Wednesday, April 26, at the Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown, New York.

Head Coach John Alesi
"Chima is a worthy recipient of all the honors bestowed on him for this past season and we are incredibly proud of the way he represents Baruch College. Not only has he proven to be one of the top players in Baruch's history in just three seasons, he is extremely active around campus and is an even better person than he is a basketball player."

Chimaechi Ekekeugbor
"Thanks to Met Basketball and all other organizations for their recognition. I'm proud that all the hard work I put in is recognized, but I still have a long way to go. None of this would've have been possible without my teammates and coaches pushing me everyday. I'm grateful." 

First Team
Thomas Bonacum, Ramapo, 6-6, Jr, F
Frank Schettino, Staten Island, 5-11, Sr, G
Jamail Stanley, Old Westbury, 6-3, Sr, G     
Jalen Harris, NJCU, 6-2, Sr, G 
Patrick MacDonald, SUNY-Maritime, 6-8, Jr, C
Chimaechi Ekekeugbor, Baruch, 6-5, Jr, F

Second Team
Evan Klimchak, Stevens, 5-9, Sr, G
George Riefenstahl, Farmingdale, 6-7, So, F
Ross Udine, NYU, 5-11, Jr, G 
Chinwe Wosu, NJCU, 6-3, Gr, F
Andy Laurent, St. Joseph's-LI, 6-2, Sr, G     
Third Team
Khaleeq Baum, Staten Island, 6-4, Sr, F      
Matt Miller, U.S. Merchant Marine, 6-3, Sr, G
Christopher Moseley, Ramapo, 6-6, Jr, F 
Brian Berrios, Purchase, 6-0, Jr, G
Judah Cohen, Yeshiva, 5-11, So, G   

Co-Player of the Year: Thomas Bonacum, Ramapo
Co-Player of the Year: Frank Schettino, Staten Island
Coach of the Year: Chuck McBreen, Ramapo