LANCASTER, Pa. – Three members of the Franklin & Marshall men's basketball team were recognition by the Centennial Conference (CC) on Tuesday morning. Brandon Federici was named to the All-CC First Team, J.C. McGrath received Honorable Mention while Ignas Slyka was named the Rookie of the Year.
The Diplomats have the most first-team selections in the 24-year history of the conference with 30.
Federici (Morganville, N.J. / Lawrenceville School) became just the eighth player in Conference history to earn first-team All-Centennial honors three times after being named a unanimous selection this season. The junior led the conference with 19.9 points per game and his 2.2 steals per game, along with 3.2 triples a contest that placed him first in CC and his 35.2 minutes per contest were second. Federici finished in double-figures in 25 games, including 14 games with 20 or more points. He matched a career-high 34 points against Muhlenberg, and earlier in the season, became the fastest player to reach 1,000 point career points.
He currently ranks in the top-10 in multiple program records. Federici is first with 33.6 minutes per game, second in scoring at 18.9, third in both 3-point field goals made (223) and attempted (544) and eighth with 1,512 points.
McGrath (Newark, Del. / Munich International School) earns a postseason honor for the first time in his career. The sophomore was third in the Conference with a 59.2 field goal percentage, sixth with 1.2 blocks per game and eighth at 5.5 rebounds per contest. He had nine double-figure games with a career-high 30 against Swarthmore.
Slyka (Mississauga, Canada / Millbrook School) is the second F&M player to receive Rookie of the Year honors, following in the footsteps of Federici (2015) in just the fifth year the honor has been awarded. He was fourth in the Conference at 1.7 steals a game and finished seven games in the double-digits. The freshman netted a career-high 25 points against Ursinus and started in 14 games this season.
The Diplomats finished the year with an 18-8 record and made their 20th appearance in the CC Tournament over the 24-year history of the conference.