Johns Hopkins Picks Up Three Centennial Conference Awards
By Jill Guise
Assistant Director of Athletic Communications
Junior Daniel Vila was named the inaugural recipient of the Centennial Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year award and freshman Conner Delaney was named the Rookie of the Year. Head coach Josh Loeffler earned conference Coach of the Year honors. Senior Kyle Doran and junior Michael Gardner each earned First Team All-Centennial Conference honors. Delaney was also named to the honorable mention all-conference team and senior Jesse Flannery was named to the All-Sportsmanship Team.
This marks just the third time in program history that the Blue Jays have produced a pair of first team all-conference selections. Delaney is the first JHU player to earn rookie of the year honors while this is Hopkins’ third coach of the year honor since 2013.
Loeffler led the Blue Jays to a share of the Centennial Conference regular season title after being picked to finish fifth in the conference’s preseason poll. He then guided Hopkins to its fourth Centennial Conference Tournament title and first since 2014. Loeffler is the first coach in conference history to guide his team to the tournament title in his first season. He is also the first to earn CC Coach of the Year honors in his first season. Loeffler’s Blue Jays sport a 23-4 record and have won 13 straight entering this weekend’s NCAA First Round game. His 23 wins are both a Johns Hopkins and Centennial Conference record for a first-year coach.
Vila has played in all 27 games and started 25 while playing 20.3 minutes per game. He leads the Blue Jays and ranks second in the league in blocks (44). He has blocked 96 shots in his career, the ninth highest total in program history. He also boasts two of the top seven block totals (46, 44) in school history. Vila averages 6.5 points on 50.7 percent shooting and is grabbing 4.3 rebounds per game. He also ranks second on the team with 1.1 steals per game.
Delaney has set a pair of Hopkins freshman records in his first season with the Blue Jays as he owns the record for assists in a game (8) and season (109). He is the only freshman in the league to average in double figures in points (10.9 ppg) and he ranks second overall in assists (4.04). Delaney leads the team in assists, steals (38), free throws (85) and free throw attempts (125). He ranks second in minutes played (28.7) and is third in scoring. In the conference, he also ranks in the top 10 in minutes (774), free throws and steals. His 109 assists are the seventh most in school single-season history.
Gardner leads the Blue Jays in scoring (14.4 ppg), field goals (133), three-point field goals (68), free throws percentage (.862) and minutes played (811). He also ranks second in assists (2.4) and is tied for second in three-point percentage (.402). In the Centennial, Gardner ranks in the top 10 in scoring, minutes, three-pointers, three-point percentage and free throw percentage. This season, he has drained five or more three-pointers four times and twice tied the single-game record with eight three-pointers. He’s scored in double figures 20 times, including five 20-point games. Entering the NCAA Tournament, Gardner has scored in double digits in 11 consecutive games and has at least one three-pointer in his last 14 games.
Doran is having a career year in his final season with the Blue Jays as he’s averaging 13.7 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. He’s shooting 48.3 percent from the field and 40.2 percent from downtown. He leads the team in rebounding and ranks second in scoring, field goals (111), free throws (74) and blocks (8). He is also tied for second in three-point percentage and is third in minutes (756). Doran has put up double figures in scoring 20 times this season, including four 20-point games, and also has three double-doubles. Around the Centennial, he ranks in the top 10 in minutes, free throws, offensive rebounds (45), defensive rebounds (128), total rebounds and scoring.
Flannery is having a great senior season and has posted career highs in field goals (33), field goal attempts (104), three-point attempts (71), offensive rebounds (6), defensive rebounds (40), total rebounds (46) and blocks (3). He is the Blue Jays’ active career leader in assists (150) and games played (101). In fact, Flannery’s 101 games played ranks 18th in school history.