Milligan Named Player of the Year by DIII News

  • Georgio Milligan ’12 drives through the Amherst College defense in the Diplomats' 80-71 victory over the Lord Jeffs in the NCAA Sweet 16 on March 9. Milligan was named Division III Player of the Year by DIII News. (Photo courtesy of GoDiplomats.com)  

By Staff 

March 22, 2012

Franklin & Marshall men’s basketball standout guard Georgio Milligan ’12 has been named the 2012 Division III Player of the Year by DIII News, the latest award for one of the most decorated student-athletes in F&M history. Milligan also received First Team All-America recognition from DIII News.

The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) previously named Milligan a First Team All-American for the second straight year, making Milligan the first F&M basketball player to earn a First Team All-America award more than once. He also earned the Mid-Atlantic Regional Player of the Year Award from the NABC and D3Hoops.com.

Milligan, who led the Diplomats to a 28-3 overall record and a trip to the NCAA Division III Elite Eight, completed his career as F&M’s all-time leading scorer with 1,932 points.

“Georgio went out and dominated this season individually and led his team to the Elite Eight,” said DIII News editor Gary Rubin. “He showed he was the top player this year.”

The DIII News Preseason Player of the Year, Milligan was a unanimous First Team Centennial Conference (CC) selection and became the first player in CC history to earn First Team All-CC honors four times. He became the fifth player in CC history and third Diplomat to earn back-to-back Player of the Year awards.

Milligan, an economics major, led the conference in points per game (18.9), three-point shooting percentage (44.9 percent), assists per game (4.8) and steals per game (2.4). He scored in double figures on 30 occasions this season, including 14 games in which he scored more than 20 points.

Milligan was joined on the DIII News All-American First Team by four other players from around the country: Western Connecticut's DaQuan Brooks, Wisconsin-Whitewater's Chris Davis, Ryan Sharry from Middlebury and AJ Matthews from Farmingdale State.

In the NCAA Tournament, Milligan averaged 22.3 points and 4.8 rebounds with 18 assists, eight blocks and six steals.

Milligan led his teams to a 103-21 record over the last four seasons, starting in all 124 games—a school record. The guard helped F&M win an unprecedented three consecutive CC championships. The Diplomats advanced to the NCAA Tournament all four of Milligan’s years, including an appearance in the Final Four and two trips to the Elite Eight.

In addition to graduating as F&M’s all-time leading scorer, Milligan ranks second in steals (282) and assists (628) and third in blocked shots (140). He is also first with 535 free throws made.

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