The Shippensburg University men’s basketball team had three of its players named to the 2018-19 All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division Teams on Thursday, as sophomore Jake Biss and senior Antonio Kellem earned First Team honors and junior John Castello earned Second Team honors.
Voting is conducted by the head coaches in the Eastern Division and released through the conference office.
For the first time in SU Men’s Basketball’s modern history (1969-present); Shippensburg had multiple players in the same season selected to an All-PSAC First Team.
The awards are the first of Biss’s and Kellem’s careers, while Castello received a Second Team classification for the second straight season. Additionally, it is the third consecutive year that Shippensburg has had three All-PSAC selections.
Biss, the Raider point guard, ranked second on the team in scoring (20th in the PSAC) in his first year as a starter – averaging 15.7 points per game and posting double figures in all but two games. He averaged 4.4 assists per game, sixth-best in the PSAC, and had 11 games with five or more assists. Biss also ranked seventh in the PSAC in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.8), posting a positive assist-to-turnover ratio in all but four games.
A three-time PSAC East Athlete of the Week this season, Biss scored 22 or more points in each of his final six regular-season games – shooting 58.1 percent (54-of-93) from the field, including 54.3 percent (19-of-35) from three-point range, and making 91.7 percent (22-of-24) from the free-throw line in that span.
Against the PSAC Eastern Division this season, Biss averaged 18.9 points per game, shot 50 percent from the field (100-of-200), including 47.9 percent (35-of-73) from three-point range, made 78.9 percent (30-of-38) from the free-throw line, and averaged 4.0 assists per game.
Kellem, who alternated as a guard and small forward for the Raiders this season, led SU in scoring (15th in the PSAC) with a career-high 16.9 points per game. He posted double figures in all but three games, including 11 games with 20 or more points. His career high of 31 points was set in a Feb. 2 victory at Kutztown.
Currently eighth in school history for career points (1,486), the Conway native ranked eighth in the conference in three-pointers per game (2.6) and free-throw percentage (.776) among qualified players. He made 74 three-pointers, including three or more three-pointers in 14 games.
A sure-handed distributor, Kellem ranked fourth in the PSAC in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.1). He totaled 92 assists compared to 46 turnovers.
Castello finished the regular season seventh in the PSAC in rebounding (8.8 rpg) and 15th in free-throw percentage (.813). He averaged a career-high 14.3 points per game, shooting 46 percent from the field and making 40 three-pointers. Castello posted double figures in 24-of-28 games this season, including four games with 20 or more points.
Additionally, Castello posted multiple offensive rebounds in all but four games, and posted double-digit total rebounds in 10 games.
The full list of 2018-19 PSAC Eastern Division major award winners are Kutztown’s Anthony Lee (PSAC East Athlete of the Year), East Stroudsburg’s Jakwan Jones (PSAC East Defensive Athlete of the Year), East Stroudsburg’s Ryan Smith (PSAC East Freshman of the Year) and East Stroudsburg’s Jeff Wilson (PSAC East Coach of the Year).