KUTZTOWN, Pa. – Rylee Derr and Anthony Lee of the Kutztown University basketball teams were named to the 2019 Lehigh Valley Small College Basketball Media Organization Team of the Year on Feb. 14, at a luncheon hosted at DeSales University.
Lee also earned the Pete Nevin’s Player of the Year award, giving KU its second winner in a row, joining former teammate Ethan Ridgeway, who won it last year. The Player of the Year award was renamed in 2007 in honor of Pete Nevins, ESU’s sports information director from 1969-2002 and the founder of the small college basketball organization. The POY is decided by a vote from each qualifying institution’s (KU, East Stroudsburg, Moravian, Muhlenberg, DeSales and Cedar Crest) sports information directors.
This is the second straight year the sophomore Derr earned a spot on the Team of the Year and first for Lee. The Team of the Year recognizes student-athletes from six local colleges in the Lehigh Valley area – Kutztown, Moravian, Muhlenberg, DeSales, East Stroudsburg and Cedar Crest – for their athletic accomplishments during the season.
Lee leads the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) in scoring at 27.1 points per game, which ranks fourth in Division II. He also ranks in the top-10 in the conference in field-goal percentage (10th, 52%), 3PT percentage (4th, 42%), free-throw percentage (2nd, 88.8%), 3PTs made (1st, 74), assists (8th, 4.3), blocks (7th, 1.1), steals (10th, 1.7) and minutes (10th, 35.8). Lee is a two-year captain, a three-time All-PSAC East member and a 2018 All-Atlantic Region Second Teamer. He holds the school-record for points in a game (50), three-pointers made in a Game (8), season (83) and career (230) and three-point percentage in a season (.516) and career (.495). He ranks second all-time in KU history and seventh in PSAC history with 2,120 points.
Derr is averaging 17.5 ppg, 11th in the PSAC. She is also in the top-20 in the PSAC in rebounding (12th, 7.2), field-goal percentage (20th, 36.3%), 3PT percentage (6th, 32.9%), 3PTs made (1st, 71), free-throw percentage (12th, 78.2%), assists (16th, 2.9) and minutes (14th, 33.7). Derr was a 2018 All-PSAC East Second Teamer. She has the school-record for three-pointers in a game (9) and holds the KU Freshman scoring record for points in a season (409).
Both the Golden Bear men (13-11 overall, 7-9 PSAC) and women (14-10, 11-5) have clinched postseason berths in the PSAC Tournament.
Kutztown hosts Mansfield on Saturday, Feb. 16 at Keystone Arena beginning with the women’s game at 1 p.m.