Sep 6, 2013
Siena's O.D. Anosike `13 will be honored as the 2012-13 Robbins/ECAC Division I Male Scholar Athlete Award Winner. The award will be presented at the 2013 ECAC Honors Dinner, held in conjunction with the 25th Annual ECAC Convention and Trade Show that will be held September 29 - October 1 at the Sea Crest Beach Hotel in North Falmouth, Mass. The Honors Dinner is on Sunday, September 29 at 6:30p.m.
Anosike has begun his professional basketball career with VL Pesaro of the Serie A League in Italy, the country's top-tier club league, and will be unable to attend the event, but he was humbled when reached on his cell phone Thursday night.
"It's a tremendous honor to receive such a prestigious award," Anosike said. "It's a true testament to the hard work I put in on and off the court, as I tried to put into practice the important values Siena teaches. It's an individual award, but I couldn't have done it without the great support system at Siena."
Anosike led all of NCAA Division I basketball in rebounding during his final two seasons with the Saints, becoming only the second player in the last 40 years to do so. He recorded 18 double-doubles in 2013, shot 50-percent from the field and was named to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Second Team.
"We are proud that O.D. has earned this honor for himself, and look at it as an honor for Siena's athletic department and the College," director of athletics John D'Argenio said. "Achieving great academic success while playing at a high level athletically is a sought after combination. O.D.'s success on the court and in the classroom will be standards that we share with all our student athletes."
Anosike finished his career with 46 double-doubles, including 23 in 2012. During the 2012 season, he posted 17 consecutive double-doubles, the second longest streak in college basketball over the past 15 years. He was a two-time National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) First Team All-District selection and represented the USA Elite Under-22 National Team.
Delaware women's basketball superstar Elena Delle Donne was the Division I Female award winner.
To register and attend the ECAC Honors Dinner, please visit ecac.org/convention.
The ECAC is the largest athletic conference in the country, comprising schools that compete in 21 sports (17 men's and 18 women's). It has 317 member institutions in NCAA Divisions I, II, and III, ranging in location from Maine to North Carolina and west to Illinois. Most or all members belong to at least one other athletic conference.