COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College men's basketball seniors James Cambronne (De Bary, Fla./The Winchendon School) and Mike Holton Jr. (Portland, Ore./The Winchendon School) both earned Northeast-10 Conference All-Conference laurels, the league announced on Wednesday. Holton was recognized for the third time in his career, landing on the third team, while Cambronne, an honorable mention, claimed his second accolade.
Twenty one players from around the league earned NE-10 All-Conference honors, with Holton one of five selected for the third team. Cambronne was among five honorable mention picks after being chosen for the second team as a junior. Holton became the sixth Purple Knight since the program joined a conference in 1984-85 to be lauded with three career all-league nods, having been a first team pick as a sophomore in 2011-12 and placing on the second squad in 2013-14.
Holton leads the team in scoring (14.8) and three-pointers (56) while placing second in steals (19) and tying for second in assists (54). A 77.8 percent free throw shooter, he adds 3.8 rebounds and shoots 43.1 percent from the field. Among all NE-10 players, Holton is tied for 13th in three-pointers per contest (2.2) while tying for 19th in free throw percentage. Despite playing a career-low 29.0 minutes, he has his highest three-pointers and steals totals since his rookie year, in 2010-11, and has matched his personal best with seven blocks. Holton's 1.3 assist-to-turnover ratio is a career best.
Holton has scored in double figures 18 times this season, netting 20 or more on five occasions. He recorded a career-high 36 behind 8-of-13 three-point shooting against Bentley University on Dec. 6 before notching back-to-back 27-point performances in January, including during a 96-87 upset of 19th-ranked Southern Connecticut State University. One of six players in program history with three 400-point seasons, Holton is 30 points shy of becoming the first to net 400 four times. Through 109 career games, he is sixth in program history in scoring (1,705), fifth in three-pointers (216), eighth in free throws (361), 13th in field goals (564) and 17th in assists (270).
Cambronne paces the Purple Knights in blocks (19) and three-point shooting (45.1%) while scoring 11.8 points, hauling 6.6 rebounds and connecting on 43.3 percent of his shots from the floor. He is tied for second in the NE-10 in three-point percentage, eighth in offensive rebounding (2.6), 17th in boards and 19th in rejections average (0.7). Cambronne is turning in the highest three-point clip of his career while recording his second-best scoring and rebounding averages.
Cambronne has scored in double figures 20 times as a senior, totaling five double-doubles in the process. He tallied 25 points and 10 rebounds while shooting 5-of-6 from beyond the arc against regional power Saint Anselm College on Dec. 3 before notching 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting, including 3-for-3 on threes, against The College of Saint Rose on Jan. 21. The second-leading shot blocker in program history (146), Cambronne is 17th in career three-pointers (115), and 23rd in both scoring (1,208) and rebounds (607) through 104 games. He is the only player in school annals with 1,000 points, 100 blocks and 100 three-pointers, while also being just the second Purple Knight with 1,000 points, 600 rebounds and 100 rejections.
At 16-10, Saint Michael's drew the NE-10 Northeast Division's No. 4 seed in the upcoming NE-10 Championship and will host Saint Rose, the Southwest No. 5, on Friday at 7 p.m. in the first round. The Purple Knights were ranked sixth in the latest NCAA East Region poll.