Berkeley College Men's Basketball Player Ricardo Ayuso Named USCAA Player of the Year

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Berkeley College Faces Penn State York at USCAA Division II Basketball National Tournament Quarterfinals Monday Night

USCAA Mens Basketball Awards

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The United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) announced its Division II Men’s Basketball All-Americans on March 2, 2019, at the USCAA Basketball National Tournament Banquet in Uniontown, PA. The Berkeley College Men’s Basketball team was represented by student-athletes Ricardo Ayuso, a senior, and Deylon Bovell, a junior, both of whom are earning degrees in Business Administration. Mr. Ayuso was selected as the USCAA Player of the Year and a First Team All-American. Mr. Bovell earned Honorable Mention recognition.

The Berkeley College Men’s Basketball team, which won the Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship for five consecutive years, will face Penn State York in the USCAA quarterfinals on March 4, 2019, at 8 p.m.

“I’m extremely gratified for Ricardo, because I know how hard he worked not only this season, but throughout his tenure as a member of this program,” said Jonathan Pena, Head Coach, Berkeley College Men’s Basketball team. “Not only is he a tremendously versatile player for us on both sides of the court, but he also has a knack for coming up big when the moments are the grandest … As for Deylon, he was a key contributor in helping us accomplish some of our primary goals this past season, and we are looking forward to seeing him compete for the first time on the national stage.”

Mr. Ayuso, a resident of Brooklyn and a graduate of Redemption Christian Academy,earned USCAA Player of the Year and First Team All-American status thanks to his vital contributions to the Berkeley College Men’s Basketball team this season. He started and played in 21 of the team’s 25 games, averaging a team-best 16.3 points per evening, while also leading the Knights in steals per game with two. His 59 three-point baskets led Berkeley, and the senior scored in double figures 18 times, while also netting 20 points or more on five different occasions. He currently has 1,026 points as a Knight, and he also was tabbed as an HVIAC All-Conference player.

Mr. Bovell, a resident of Brooklyn and a graduate of Transit Tech CTE High School,started in 20 of the Knights’ 25 games this season, averaging 14.3 points per game, which was good for second highest. His 5.9 rebounds per evening led Berkeley College, and his 1.6 steals per game were tied with Anthony Hemingway for second most on the squad.

When they face off this evening, the Knights will come into the contest averaging 93 points per game, compared to 77 for Penn State York. The Nittany Lions, however, take care of the basketball very well, committing just 13 miscues per evening. On the flip side, Berkeley has turned the ball over 19 times per evening. Both teams move the ball well also, with Berkeley averaging 17.1 assists per night compared to a solid 15.8 for Penn State York. To read the full story about these two teams competing two years ago, click here.

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Photo Caption: Berkeley College Men’s Basketball players Ricardo Ayuso and Deylon Bovell, received recognition as All-Americans at the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) Division II Basketball National Tournament Banquet in Uniontown, PA, on March 2, 2019. Mr. Ayuso is the USCAA Player of the Year and a First Team All-American. Mr. Bovell earned Honorable Mention. Front row (L to R) are Jeffrey Mejia and Anton Dickerson, Assistant Coaches; student-athletes Ricardo Ayuso and Deylon Bovell; Jonathan Pena, Head Coach; and Dondre Simmons, Assistant Coach. Back row (L to R) Elijah Craig, Assistant Coach; and Chris Christiansen, Head Coach Emeritus. All of the Berkeley College assistant coaches are former players of the Berkeley College Men’s Basketball team.

About Berkeley College

A leader in providing career-focused education since 1931, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls more than 7,000 students – including more than 350 international students – in its Master’s, Bachelor’s, and Associate’s degree and Certificate programs. Students can study in more than 20 career fields. Berkeley College is comprised of the Larry L. Luing School of Business®, the School of Professional Studies, the School of Health Studies and the School of Liberal Arts. The School of Graduate Studies offers an MBA in Management online and in Woodland Park, NJ.

Berkeley College has three New York campuses – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. In New Jersey there are four campuses – Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. For five consecutive years, U.S. News & World Report has named Berkeley College among the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Programs and among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans. The website address is

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