Maura named Mid-Florida Conference Player of the Year

Maura named Mid-Florida Conference Player of the Year

OCALA-- Kevin (K.J.) Maura has made quite an impact on not only the CF men's basketball program, but the state and national scene as well.

Mid-Florida Conference coaches have certainly taken note, as Maura was named the conference's player of the year.

Maura is the first CF player since Javonte Douglas two years ago to win player of the year.

Along the way, he had some impressive accomplishments.

Maura is the first CF player to ever earn state player of the week three times in one season. 

He is also the only player in NJCAA history to dish out 20 assists in one game and follow it up with a 30-point scoring effort. 

Maura enters the regular season finale against Santa Fe averaging 10.8 points and 10.0 assists. 

He has 15 games where he has scored in double-digits, as well as 15 contests where he passed out at least 10 assists. His first game with CF against ASA College was the first time a Patriot player had finished with double-figure assists in two years. 

His finest moment was a 20-assist game in a win over FSC-J, which set the all-time single-game assist record in state history and is one of the highest marks ever recorded nationally in a single game. 

Joining Maura on the first team were Eddy Polanco, Brandon Tabb, and Devaughn Jenkins. Making the second team were Allen Costley, Malik Dunbar and Iseoluwapo Jegede.

This group has played a role in CF earning its 11th straight trip to the state tournament, which is second best since the state tournament began in 1961. 

CF passed Gulf Coast's teams from 1964-1973 into sole possession of second place this season. 

This group also helped the Patriots post their 11th straight season of 20 wins or more, the longest streak in the state and one of a handful of programs across the nation to accomplish this feat.

CF's standouts also enabled coach Tim Ryan to win his 300th game recently, making him one of only 17 men's basketball coaches to win at least 300 games in Region 8 history.