LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's Brandon Federici was named the Centennial Conference (CC) Winter Scholar-Athlete of the Year for men's basketball, announced on Thursday. The honor is the first of his career.
Scholar-Athletes of the Year awards are presented to a junior or senior with the highest cumulative GPA on the All-Centennial team for each respective winter sport.
Federici (Morganville, N.J. / Lawrenceville School) continues to stockpile both athletic and academic awards this postseason. Earlier this month, he became just the second men's basketball player in program history to be named a CoSIDA Academic All-American, while also earning spots on the CC Academic Honor Roll and Academic All-Centennial lists.
In recognition of his performance on the court this season, Federici became one of just eight players in Conference history to earn All-CC First Team honors three times after being a unanimous selection this year. He is also a finalist for the prestigious Jostens Trophy, which is awarded to the most outstanding NCAA Division III men's and women's basketball player who excels on the court, in the classroom, and in the community.
The junior guard 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.
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.