University of Maine men’s basketball forward Stephane Ingo was named to the America East All-Academic team Friday while two of his Black Bears’ teammates were selected to the league’s All-Rookie team.
Ingo, a 6-foot-9 redshirt junior from Mississauga, Ontario, via Gould Academy, earned All-Academic status for the second straight season while freshmen Sam Ihekwoaba and Kristians Feierbergs were selected to the five-player All-Rookie squad.
Ingo was limited to just 17 games this winter by an early season wrist injury but returned to reestablish himself as one of America East’s top rim protectors. He averaged 2.5 blocked shots per game and concluded the season with a career-high six blocks during a game against AE regular-season champion Vermont.
Ingo also averaged 7.3 points and 5.9 rebounds per contest.
Ingo, who holds a 3.56 grade-point average while majoring in finance and management, is scheduled to graduate this spring and was honored before UMaine’s Senior Night game against Vermont on Tuesday.
He has two years of athletic eligibility remaining but indicated after that game that he has not decided if he will return to UMaine next year or enter the NCAA’s transfer portal to continue his college playing career elsewhere.
UMaine currently is without a permanent men’s basketball head coach after the school and former coach Richard Barron parted ways last month. Jai Steadman served as the Black Bears’ interim head coach for the team’s final four games of the season.
Ihekwoaba, a 6-foot-5 guard from Orlando, Florida, via Scotland (Pennsylvania) Campus Prep, was a five-time choice as America East Rookie of the Week throughout the season. He averaged 5.8 points and 2.3 rebounds while playing 13.1 minutes per game in 26 of UMaine’s 29 games this winter, including one start.
Feierbergs, a 6-8 freshman forward from Riga, Latvia, via GBA Academy, earned Rookie of the Week accolades twice during the season. He played in 25 games with seven starts, averaging 4.8 points and 2.7 rebounds in 12.8 minutes per outing.
Feierbergs and Ihekwoaba were two of the four UMaine freshmen that earned AE Player of the Week honors this season. Byron Ireland, a 6-1 guard from Annapolis, Maryland, won the award for the week ending Nov. 15, while Novak Perovic, a 6-7 guard from Belgrade, Serbia, was recognized the week ending Dec. 20.
Justin Neely, a 6-5 wing from the University of Albany, was named America East Rookie of the Year. He was a six-time recipient of Player of the Week honors after averaging a league freshman-best 6.6 points per game as well as 4.5 rebounds per game while averaging 16 minutes per contest.