Bostic Named NJAC Men's Basketball Rookie of the Year, August Selected to First Team

Montclair, NJ (2/22/12) – Freshman guard Dwight Bostic (Roselle, NJ / Abraham Clark) was named the Co-Rookie of the Year while senior forward Andrew August (Bridgewater, NJ / Bridgewater-Raritan) was selected to the First Team for the second straight season as the New Jersey Athletic Conference announced its 2012 All-Conference Team on Wednesday.

Bostic became the seventh player in MSU history to be voted as the conference's top rookie and the first since James Williams in 2008. It is also the fourth time in the last 10 years that Montclair State has captured that honor (Antwan Dozier - 2003, Charles Miller - 2007). August, one of two repeat performers on the 16-player squad, is the first Red Hawk to garner back-to-back First-Team honors since Gian Paul Gonzalez in 2005 and 2006.

Bostic provided a spark the Red Hawks in a reserve role appearing in 24 contests which also included five starts. He averaged 5.9 points, 2.1 rebounds and handed out 45 assists while conneting 28 times behind the arc. Bostic had a +1.0 assist-turnover ratio and registered 18 steals. In conference play, he nearly doubled his scoring average at 9.4 points per game. Bostic finished the conference season (13 games) ranked second in three-point field goal percentage (.473) and seventh in three-point field goals made per game (2.0).

A two-time NJAC Rookie of the Week selection, Bostic scored 11 points and had six rebounds and five assists in Montclair's 75-69 win at Rutgers-Newark on November 30. He then averaged 12 points per contest over a four-game stratch in early January. Bostic scored 12 points and hit clutch free throws down the stretch as MSU knocked off William Paterson in overtime, 80-79 on January 4. He scored a season-best 13 points at New Jersey City on January 11 and match that total in games versus Ramapo (January 25) and Rutgers-Newark (February 4).

August was one of the top all-around players in the NJAC this season as he currently leads the league in scoring (20.9 ppg) and blocks per game (1.1) while ranking third in rebounding (8.8 per game), fifth in field goal percentage (.533) and seventh in assists (3.4 per game). He also shot 71.8 percent at the foul line.

A three-time NJAC Player of the Week, August posted nine double-doubles and scored 20 or more points in 17 of 25 contests. In league play, the 6-6 senior averaged 21.2 points per game and 7.8 rebounds as MSU went 7-6 in the NJAC North Division, 18-7 overall.

August totaled 523 points during th 2011-12 campaign, just the fifth 500-plus season at Montclair State in the last 43 years. He was named the Most Outstanding Player in two in-season tournaments and finished his two-year Red Hawk career with 967 points.

August scored 31 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in the season opener against Brockport and the next day added 20 points and 11 boards versus John Jay. He posted a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds against William Paterson in an 80-79 win on January 4. and netted 23 points and 15 rebounds in a 79-74 victory over Rowan on January 21. August, who had four or more assists in a game 13 times this season, collected 29 points, eight rebounds and seven assists at William Paterson on February 1 with the seven assists matching his season-best when hs also delivered 24 points and 13 rebounds against Coast Guard in the Cadet/Camel Classic on December 2-3.

August closed out his career with 19 points, six rebounds and four assists versus Ramapo on February 15. He connected eight times from the floor that night, none bigger than his final shot asa collegiate player - a three-pointer at the buzzer to give Montclair State a 75-73 win. It was only the third career three-pointer in his Red Hawk.