Lemont Furnace, Pa. – Three Dean men's basketball student-athletes – Jordan Booker (Waterbury, Conn.), Dayvon Russell (Naugatuck, Conn.) and Armani Baker (Pawtucket, R.I.) – have all been named to the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) All-America team it was announced on Wednesday evening.
For Booker, the honor marks his second straight appearance after his second-team selection a season ago. This year, he found his way on to the first team after leading the USCAA in scoring (22.6) and finishing third in three-point percentage (44.7).
The honor caps a standout junior campaign for Booker that saw him shoot exactly 50 percent from the field, 80 percent from the free throw line and lead the New England Collegiate Conference in minutes played. 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.
Russell, who was named second-team All-America and third-team All-NECC, 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.
For Baker, who flew under the radar during his two seasons with Dean, collects honorable mention All-America honors after a senior campaign that saw him average a double-double (14.3 points, 11.2 rebounds) and finish third in the USCAA in rebounding.
In two seasons, Baker started all 53 games, ending with exactly 700 points and almost 600 rebounds. He posted 24 double-doubles and had 12 games with 15 rebounds or more.
A two-year captain, Baker was named to the NECC All-Sportsmanship Team following this past season.
Odum and Szlaien, meanwhile, both played key roles during the Bulldogs' 17-9 season and were named to the USCAA All-Academic Team. Odum, who earned a spot on the College's President's List after a perfect 4.0 in the fall semester, is a sport management major who appeared in 20 games. Szlaien has earned a spot on the Dean's List in all three of his semesters at Dean, is a sport management major who scored a career-high 11 points in just seven minutes in a win over University of New England back in December.