Booker, Russell Named To NECC All-Conference Team

Booker, Russell Named To NECC All-Conference Team

Marshfield, Mass. – The two-headed backcourt monster of Jordan Booker (Waterbury, Conn.) and Dayvon Russell (Naugatuck, Conn.) were both named to the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) men's basketball all-conference teams it was announced on Tuesday afternoon.

Russell, who was named to the league's third-team, wraps up a standout three-year career for the Bulldogs as the program's all-time leading scorer with 1,188 points in 77 career contests. He finished fifth in the league in scoring at 18.1 points per game and second in steals per game, finishing his career with more than 150 thefts.

He was in double figures in 23 of the 26 games he played in and topped 20 points 14 times – including a stretch where he did it eight games in a row.

One of his best games of the season came in a wild 115-110 win over the University of New England as he accounted for 24 points, 12 rebounds, ten assists and four steals. Russell went for 30 points twice in 2018-19 and went over the 1,000-point plateau with 28 points in a 97-71 victory over Elms College in January.

Booker, meanwhile, scooped up first-team all-league honors for the second straight season after an incredible junior campaign that saw him finish second in the conference in scoring (22.7), while shooting exactly 50 percent from the field and 80 percent from the free throw line while scoring the most points in the league (589) and leading the league in minutes played (951).

The four-time NECC Player of the Week, he also ended the season second in the NECC in three-pointers made (83), fifth in assists per game (4.7) and sixth in steals (1.9).

Incredibly consistent, Booker was in double figures in 24 of 26 games, going over 20 points 17 times, including four games with 30 points or more.

He set his career-high on two occasions, racking up 37 points in the same game that Russell recorded his triple double and then again in a 102-95 win at Newbury in early February.

A few games later, Booker joined Russell as 1,000-point scorers when he pumped in 16 points in a neutral site loss to Eastern Nazarene.

Booker also established himself as the league's most feared three-point marksman, shooting 44 percent from behind the arc and has made at least one three-pointer in 29 straight contests dating back to last season. In fact, he has connected on one in 49 of 52 career contests with the Bulldogs.

In addition to Booker and Russell, senior captain Armani Baker (Pawtucket, R.I.), who averaged 14.3 points and 11.2 rebounds in 26 games this season, was named to the All-Sportsmanship Team.

Dean finished its 2018-19 season with a 17-9 overall record.