Two CCRI basketball alumni recently received prestigious awards for their accomplishments since leaving CCRI. Roberts Wesleyan College Junior forward Isaac Medeiros (Johnston, RI) was named National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Eastern Region Player of the Year. Johnson and Wales University Senior Esaie Touze (Providence, RI) was named the Most Outstanding Player in the recent ECAC Division III Men’s Basketball Tournament.
Medeiros garnered the most votes for the NCCAA Eastern All-Region team which earned him NCCAA Easter Region Player of the year. Medeiros was also named to the East Coast Conference Honorable Mention All-Region team as well after a successful debut season with the Roberts Wesleyan Redhawks after leading them to their second-consecutive berth to the NCCAA National Championships later this month. The Community College of Rhode Island transfer made a splash at Roberts Wesleyan as Isaac led the team in scoring with 16.3 points per game and while nearly averaging a double-double with 9.0 rebounds per game. The swingman posted nine double-doubles, including four consecutive to start the season. Medeiros shot 50.8% from the field this season while starting all of the 24 games he appeared in. Under head RWC Head Coach Rob McCoy, Roberts Wesleyan went 12-14 overall and 8-12, finishing seventh in the conference standings. The record is an improvement of last season that saw the Redhawks win four fewer games.
Touze earned Johnson & Wales Wildcat Athlete of the Week for the week of March 10th on top of winning the player of the Tournament honor. Touze finished his career in remarkable fashion earning the 2014 ECAC New England Division III Championship and Most Outstanding Player award. He led the Wildcats with a double-double with 19.8 points per game and 16.0 rebounds per game in the three day tournament hosted by JWU. His most impressive output was during Wednesday's quarterfinal game against Elms where he accounted for 31 of the teams 87 points and pulled down 22 of the 48 rebounds on the night. He earned M.O.P after a fifteen rebound performance in the championship game which included nine points and three steals. Esaie and the Wildcats wrapped up the 2013-14 season with a 23-7 record. They won the first ECAC Championship in program history.
The Community College of Rhode Island, New England’s largest comprehensive community college, enrolls nearly 18,000 students in credit courses and thousands more in non-credit and job training classes. Its athletic program boasts 12 varsity programs and an academic support program for all student-athletes.