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Merton and Philpott Named All-SSC

Sam Philpott and Jeff Merton
Sam Philpott and Jeff Merton

MELBOURNE, Fla. (March 1, 2018) – Rollins seniors Jeff Merton and Sam Philpott were named Second Team All-Sunshine State Conference, it was announced Thursday.

The veteran duo will lead the Tars into the SSC Tournament semifinals Saturday, March 3 against top-seed Barry in Lakeland.

Philpott was twice named the SSC Player of the Week this season and leads Rollins with 18.1 points per game. The Noblesville, Indiana native is number one the league and ranks in the top-15 nationally, shooting 60 percent from the field. Philpott enjoyed a handful of monster games this season, scoring 31 against Puerto Rico Bayamon, netting 36 at Florida Southern and going 10-of-14 at Florida Tech en route to 24 points. Philpott was sidelined for three games with a late season injury, but has returned to average 11 points a night over the last two games. 

For his career, Philpott ranks 18th on the Tars all-time scoring chart with 1,451 career points and is fourth in shooting percentage, hitting 58 percent from the field.

Merton is a four-year starter for the Tars and lands on the All-SSC team for a third time in his career. He was Second Team as a sophomore and First Team last season. The native of Naples, Florida is scoring 15.8 points a game this season and hitting 40 percent from beyond the arc. He has scored double-figures in all but three games, including a season-high 27 at Barry.

Merton's season is highlighted by two of the biggest shots in recent Tars history, drilling a buzzer-beating three-pointer to get past Tampa and doing it again two weeks later against Lynn.

Merton sits sixth on the all-time Rollins scoring chart with 1,701 career points. He needs just 22 more to pass Dick Bezemer for a spot in the top-five. Merton is one of the best all-around players in program history, also ranking fourth in three-pointers made (245) and tied for sixth in steals (160).

2017-18 ALL-SSC Men's Basketball Honors

Player of the Year = Elvar Fridriksson, Barry

Defensive Player of the Year = Duke Shelton, Tampa

Newcomer of the Year = David Dennis, Nova Southeastern

Freshman of the Year = Malik Hardy, Nova Southeastern

Coach of the Year = Butch Estes, Barry


2017-18 ALL-SSC First Team


G-Elvar Fridriksson*$^%-Barry-Sr.Njardvik, Iceland

G-David Dennis-Nova Southeastern-Jr.-Canal Winchester, Ohio

G-Jonathan Lawton-Florida Southern-Jr.-Williamstown, New Jersey

F-Drushaun McLaurn*^-Eckerd-Jr.-Jacksonville, Florida

F/C-Trevon Young-Eckerd-Sr.-Wimauma, Florida


2017-18 ALL-SSC Second Team


F-Sam Daniel*-Florida Tech-Sr.-Kingsland, Georgia

F-Sam Philpott-Rollins-Sr.-Noblesville, Indiana

F-Jeff Merton~+-Rollins-Sr.-Naples, Florida

F-Nashad Mackey-Embry-Riddle-Jr.-Nassau, Bahamas

G-Brett Hanson-Florida Southern-So.-Manchester, New Hampshire


2017-18 ALL-SSC  Honorable Mention


G-Jordan Majors~@-Florida Tech-Sr.-Hopkinsville, Kentucky


2017-18 ALL-SSC Newcomer Team


G-David Dennis-Nova Southeastern-Jr.-Canal Winchester, Ohio

G-Jonathan Lawton-Florida Southern-Jr.-Williamstown, New Jersey

F-Nashad Mackey-Embry-Riddle-Jr.-Nassau, Bahamas

G-Sunday Dech-Barry-Sr.-Perth, Australia

G-Malik Hardy-Nova Southeastern-Fr.-Miramar, Florida


* = 2016-17 First Team

~ = 2016-17 Second Team

$ = 2016-17 Player of the Year

+ = 2015-16 First Team

^ = 2015-16 Newcomer Team

% = 2015-16 Newcomer of the Year

@ = 2014-15 Freshman of the Year

1 Kevin Capers (FSC, 2014 & 2015); Nick Wolf (RC, 2009 & 2011); DeCarlo Deveaux (UT, 1993 & 1994)

2 Yunio Barrueta (2016) and Nick Ellingsworth-Perez (2005)

3 Estes was also named coach of the year in 2017

4 Johnathan Ball (2008)

5 Brian Cahill (2010) and Tim Coenraad (2006)


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