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St. Bonaventure men’s basketball senior Jaylen Adams is The Intrepid’s 2017 Male Athlete of the Year.
The award was voted on by Intrepid sports staffers and contributors as well as St. Bonaventure athletic director Tim Kenney, who received a guest vote. Voters were able to choose any Division I athlete who competed for Bonaventure in the 2017 calendar year. Others receiving votes were basketball senior Matt Mobley, baseball player Aaron Phillips and soccer senior Kieran Toland.
This is Adams’s second consecutive Athlete of the Year award, as he also won it in 2016. The 6-foot-2 point guard scored 455 points, dished out 152 assists and swiped 48 steals in 24 games played in the 2017 calendar year. He earned a second straight All-Atlantic 10 First Team selection in March and was named to three different preseason award watch lists before the 2017-18 season (Cousy, Naismith, Robertson).
Adams started 2017 by scoring 23 points, grabbing six rebounds and dishing out five assists in a loss to Dayton on Jan. 3. He flipped the script by the end of the year, recording 32 points and seven assists in a victory against UMass.
The Bonnies go into 2018 on an eight-game win streak, their first since the 1970-71 season. They have not lost since Adams returned from an ankle injury and are receiving votes in the Associated Press Top 25 and USA Today Coaches Poll.
With NCAA Tournament dreams very much alive, Adams has a strong chance of three-peating in 2018.
The Intrepid Male Athlete of the Year history:
2015: Marcus Posley
2016: Jaylen Adams
2017: Jaylen Adams