NEW YORK -- Charles Jenkins of Hofstra was named the winner of this year's Haggerty Award, which goes to the Division I college basketball player of the year in the New York metropolitan area.
Jenkins has won the award the past three seasons, making him only the third player in the 78-year history of the award to win it three times. The others were Jim McMillian of Columbia (1968, '69 and '70) and Chris Mullin of St. John's (1983, '84, '85).
The 6-foot-3 senior from Queens finished the season sixth in the nation in scoring at 22.6 points per game. He shot 51.7 percent from the floor, 42.0 percent from 3-point range and 82.4 percent from the foul line, and was also second in the Colonial Athletic Association in assists (158).
He finished his college career with a school-record 2,513 points, which also placed him second in CAA history behind only David Robinson of Navy.
"The thing about Charles is he has always had a regal way about
him, an air of greatness and he worked really hard to become a
great player," said Fordham coach Tom Pecora, who recruited
Jenkins to Hofstra and coached him there for his first three
seasons and two Haggerty Awards. "[He] is really worthy of this and
I'm confident he will go on to the next level and have a
professional career like the two previous three-time winners.
That's good company to keep."
Hofstra took the unusual step of retiring Jenkins' jersey number (22) prior to his final home game.
LIU also took home the awards for coach of the year (Jim Ferry) and rookie of the year (Jason Brickman).
The Haggerty Award is presented by the National Invitation Tournament and the Met Basketball Writers Association, and is one of the oldest awards in college basketball.
Kieran Darcy covers college sports for ESPNNewYork.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.