Elijah Obade named PSAC East Defensive Player of the Year

Obade and Grant push forward into the season.

Chris Norton
Sports Editor

Obade and Grant push forward into the season.
Obade and Grant push forward into the season.

Elijah Obade’s 2012-12 season consisted of numerous records broken, a no. 4 ranking in field goal percentage defense, and a total of 72 block shots. Obade received the much-deserved title of Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference East Defensive Player of the Year after reaching such landmarks. He is the first Marauder to win this award, which is in its second year of existence.
Larry Grant was also named to the All-PSAC East Second Team. As a duo, Obade and Grant helped Millersville achieve 10 more wins than the previous season. They made an appearance in the PSAC Tournament, as well: their first since the 2007-08 season.
Obade proved to be an absolute stonewall to opposing teams. His intimidating 6’9” stature towered over most of his counters. With a Millersville single season record 72 blocks, Obade led the PSAC. He also led in rebounding, and double-doubles. The next closest player to his impressive block record had 29 fewer than him.
Obade spent almost the entire season atop the NCAA leader board in rebounding, and is currently ranked fifth. He is ranked eighth in blocks, and 11th in double-doubles, and is one of only two players in the Division II ranks in the top 10 f both blocking and rebounding.
Proving himself as one of the best point guards in the division, Grant led the Marauders in scoring, assists, and steals. With the team lacking backcourt depth, Grant was relied upon for direction and motivation. If he maintains his current hot streak, Grant is on track to becoming the first Marauder in school history to lead the team in scoring and assists in back-to-back seasons. Among all PSAC players, Grant is currently ranked 13th in scoring, 11th in assists, and eighth in steals.
The dynamic duo of Obade and Grant look to dominate the remainder of the Millersville season, and continue to impress fans all over the conference.