Dalton Myers Named the CAC Male Scholar Athlete of the Year
York College men's basketball senior Dalton Myers has been named the 2018 Capital Athletic Conference Men's Scholar Athlete of the Year as announced by the league office on Tuesday morning.
Myers is the fifth Spartan male athlete to earn the Scholar Athlete of the Year award. He joins Aaron Myers (1998, Baseball), Brandon Bushey (2005 & 2006, Men's Basketball), Chris Brower (2007, Baseball) and Tyler Hutson (2015, Men's Lacrosse) as previous winners of the award. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be a senior with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50 while also demonstrating athletic success and being a major contributor to his program's success.
Spartan head coach Matt Hunter was thrilled to see his senior standout receive the conference honor.
"We are very proud of Dalton for his TOTAL body of work here at York College," said Hunter. "This is an unbelievable honor for him to be selected as the CAC Scholar Athlete of the Year. Dalton was able to have an incredible year on the court thanks to his hard work and dedication to improving and the help of his teammates who consistently put him in position to be successful. That drive and dedication carried over to the classroom where he consistently worked to be great, whether it was in biology as an undergrad or his MBA classes this year. Thanks to the CAC for recognizing his efforts over the last five years."
Myers was equally adept on the floor or in the classroom for the Spartans. He played as a graduate student for the Spartans after graduating last May Magna Cum Laude with a 3.73 GPA as a biology major and a psychology minor. Myers is pursuing his masters of business administration degree and he earned a 3.75 GPA during the course of the 2017-18 academic year.
Myers earned CoSIDA Academic All-District IV honors this season. He is an eight-time member of the York College Dean's List and a four-time CAC All-Academic selection.
On the floor, Myers was one of the best players in the league as he earned first-team All-CAC accolades for the second time in his career as the Spartans earned a regular season and tournament championship with their win over Christopher Newport. He led York to their fifth NCAA Tournament appearance as they hosted the first and second rounds in York.
Myers capped a stellar career with a senior year that saw him average 17.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 0.8 blocked shots per game. He shot 54.7% from the floor, 39.6% from three and 76.3% from the free throw line. He was fourth in the league in scoring, fifth in field goal percentage, ninth in three-point field goal percentage, and sixth in free throw shooting percentage. Myers also ranked 11th in blocked shots per game in the conference.
Myers garnered an impressive collection of post-season awards after his stellar campaign. He was named as one of ten national finalists for the prestigious Jostens Award which honors the top Division III basketball players based on playing ability, academic prowess and community service. He earned NABC All-Region honors while he was also recognized by D3hoops.com as a member of the All-Mid Atlantic squad. Myers was elected to play in the Reese's Senior All-Star game during the Final Four in Salem, Virginia.
Assistant Dean for Athletics and Recreation Paul Saikia appreciates what Myers has brought to the Spartan athletic department.
"Dalton Myers is a model York College student-athlete; he has embraced every aspect of being a Spartan," said Saikia. "He has aspired to excel in all of his collegiate opportunities, as a student, as a citizen, and as an athlete. It has been very rewarding to watch him grow, to see him succeed, and to see him do it with such passion, energy, and enjoyment."
Myers concluded his career with 1,499 points, 522 rebounds, 154 assists, 92 blocked shots, and 41 steals in 104 Spartan games. He ninth on the all-time scoring list, 12th in points per game (14.4 ppg), seventh in field goals made (560), 11th in field goal percentage (53.7%), 10th in free throws made (301), 13th in career rebounds (522), third in blocked shots, and fourth in games started (96).
The Spartans finished the 2017-18 season with a record of 24-5, the third highest win total in school history. The 2004-05 Final Four squad won 28 games while the 2005-06 NCAA Tournament squad earned 25 wins.