A total of four area players were recognized by the MAAC Friday morning during their annual men's and women's awards announcement.
On the men's side, Canisius senior Jermaine Crumpton and Niagara red-shirt senior Khalil Dukes were both named MAAC co-players of the year, the first time in the conference's 37-year history that the Player of the Year voting ended in a tie.
Crumpton is a Niagara Falls native and finished the regular season ranked sixth in the MAAC in scoring average with 16.9 points per game. His 525 total points this season rank 115th in the country and stand as the most for a Canisius senior since the 2013-14 season.
Dukes is second in the MAAC in scoring and leads the conference in free throw percentage, 3-pointers and 3-point field goal percentage. He set the single-season free throw percentage (92.1) record last season and is on pace to set the program’s career free throw percentage record. This season, he set the program’s record for consecutive made free throws with 38.
Canisius' Takal Molson also earned honors on the men's side, named the MAAC rookie of the year.
On the women's side, Niagara's Victoria Rampado was named the MAAC basketball player of the year.
Rampado is having a great season for the Purple Eagles. She finished the regular season with 14 double-doubles, which was tied for most in the MAAC. She also scored in double figures in every game this season. A few weeks ago, Rampado broke the Niagara women's basketball all-time scoring record.