DANBURY, Conn. – Castleton University senior Chad Copeland continues to receive recognition for his exemplary 2016-17 season, as he was named a member of the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III New England Men's Basketball All-Star Team, announced Thursday by the league office.
Copeland led the Spartans in both scoring and rebounding, finishing sixth in the North Atlantic Conference in scoring average and rebounding average with 17.2 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. Copeland also placed 10th in the NAC in field goal percentage, hitting 50.2 percent of his field goal attempts.
Copeland, a First Team All-NAC and NAC All-Tournament performer, scored in double figures in all but two games this season, with a season-high 31 points in an overtime game against eventual conference champion Husson. He notched six double-doubles in 2016-17, pulling down a season-high 13 rebounds at Southern Vermont to go along with 15 points. He matched that rebounding total in what would be the final game of his collegiate career with 13 boards to go with 14 points against Thomas in the NAC Tournament semifinals.
Appearing in 117 games during his Spartan career, including 93 starts, Copeland concludes his Castleton career fourth on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,660 points, third on the career rebounding list with 804 boards, and fourth on the Spartan all-time blocked shots list with 102 rejections. This season, he helped Castleton post a 16-9 overall record, including an 11-7 mark within the NAC that put the Spartans in a tie for second place in the final regular season standings.
Besides Copeland, the NAC was represented on the ECAC New England All-Star Team by Husson's Raheem Anderson, named the Player of the Year, First Team All-ECAC honoree Jourdain Bell of Colby-Sawyer, and Justin Martin of Husson, who received Honorable Mention recognition.