Westwood, Mass. (February 27) -- In the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) All-Conference Teams, MIT had four student-athletes recognized for their play in the 2017-18 season. Sophomore Nacho Nwana (White Plains, N.Y.) was named as the league's Co-Defensive Player of the Year, while freshman Hamilton Forsythe (Weston, Conn.) earned Rookie of the Year accolades. Junior Bradley Jomard (Paris, France) was named to the First Team, while junior AJ Jurko (Weston, Fla.) earned a spot on the All-Conference Second Team and was an All-Sportsmanship Team selection for the second time.
Nwana is the second straight MIT player to earn Defensive Player of the Year accolades as he joins Jurko, who received the recognition in 2016-17. Nwana has appeared in 23 games with 19 starts as he is shooting 41.3 percent from the field while adding 2.8 rebounds, one assist and one steal per contest. Matching up regularly with the opponent's top offensive threat, Nwana has eight games with multiple steals this season.
Forsythe quickly emerged as one of the top rookies in the region and is currently averaging 14 points per game while shooting 44.5 percent from three and 85.1 percent from the free throw line. He also has 17 double-digit scoring games, including a season-high 29 points in his career debut vs. Bridgewater State. Overall, Forsythe has seven games of 20 or more points and is the fourth MIT player to be named as the league's Rookie of the Year.
Jomard, who was the last MIT player to earn rookie honors, was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team and picks up First Team accolades for the second time in his career. Leading the team with 16.6 points per game, he is also shooting 57.7 percent from the field and 75.9 percent from the line. Jomard also has 16 double-digit scoring games, 5.7 rebounds and 6.3 assists per game and had five straight games where he scored 20 or more points. On January 31st, he became the 28th player in MIT history to reach the 1,000 point plateau for his career. Jomard ranks among the league leaders in a number of categories and currently sits second in the conference in total assists with 125.
Jurko, who was a First Team All-Conference selection a year ago, was the NEWMAC Tournament Most Outstanding Player and leads the conference in total assists with 127. For the season, he averages 13.6 points, 5.5 assists, 1.9 steals and shoots 44.5 percent from three-point land for the Engineers. Jurko has had 17 double-digit scoring games, four games of 20 or more points and three double-doubles in which he had double-digit assists. In a road win at Clark, Jurko tied the MIT single-game record with 14 assists and over the last seven games has 63 total assists.
MIT is back in action on Friday, March 2nd as the Engineers take on Brockport in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament. That game will take place at 5:30 p.m. at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.