Past Features

April 20, 2009 (Vol. 9, No. 7)

Seniors Sally Nnamani and Duane Rhoden Named All-Metropolitan Division III All-Stars

Sally Nnamani
Sally Nnamani

Duane Rhoden
Duane Rhoden
Lehman Lightning basketball players Sally Nnamani and Duane Rhoden received First Team awards in the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association's 2008-2009 All-Metropolitan Division III award ceremony, held on April 15 at the Giants Stadium Club in East Rutherford, N.J.

The 2008-2009 season was a phenomenal one for Nnamani, who was named the CUNYAC Player of the Year for the third straight year. She led her team to two championship games: the CUNYAC championship game and the ECAC Division III Metro NY/NJ Women's Basketball final. This season, she played in 29 games and averaged 19.4 points per game and ten boards per contest. She also served as an asset on the defensive end, leading the team with 64 blocked shots and placing fourth on the squad in steals with fifty. The forward leaves Lehman College as the institution's all-time leading scorer with 2,113 points.

"Sally is going to leave this institution as the greatest player to ever wear a Lehman uniform, and she should take pride in that fact," said Women's Head Coach Eric Harrison. "She served as the model student-athlete, and it's no surprise to me that she received this award."

Nnamani's other accolades include being named to the D3Hoops All-Atlantic Region team four times and to the All-Metropolitan Division III First-Team All Star four times. Also, she was named CUNYAC Preseason Player of the Year twice and a preseason All-American once. Finally, earlier this month, she received an honorable mention for the WBCA Coaches' All-America team.

On the men's team, Duane Rhoden also delivered a stellar performance. His efforts earned him the CUNYAC First Team All Star designation. He averaged 15.4 points per contest (second-best on the team, seventh-best in the CUNY conference) and tallied a team-leading 74 steals (third best in conference). In addition, he averaged 6.2 rebounds per game, while dishing 81 assists. His hard work and team-first mentality helped guide the Lightning to a CUNYAC tournament victory and a 2009 ECAC Division III Metro NY/NJ Men's Basketball championship. He leaves Lehman College with 1,497 career points.

"Duane is truly deserving of this honor, and I think he wrapped up his career by showing how valuable he is to our team and how much he is going to be missed," said Men's Head Coach Steven Schulman.

Earlier in the month, Rhoden was named to the 2008-2009 NABC All-District Second Team. Throughout his career, he's twice been named CUNYAC All Star and selected for the All-Metropolitan Division III All Star team. He's also one of only four players ever to score 1,000 points during their Lehman career.