Post Players Hargrove, Tallamy Honored at Basketball Luncheon

Thursday, February 20, 2014
 

The snowy weather this winter has forced many to stay inside. The Muhlenberg basketball teams, however, have gone there by choice, and with good reason.

Kevin Hargrove
Hargrove has averaged 10.0 rebounds over his last 12 games.
Standout post players Kevin Hargrove and Leanna Tallamy are the man and woman in the middle for the Mules and have also been in the middle of another year of dual Centennial Conference playoff berths.

Hargrove, a senior, and Tallamy, a junior, were named to the Lehigh Valley Small College Basketball Team of the Year during a luncheon at Starter’s Pub in Bethlehem.

The men (15-9, 10-7) locked up a third straight trip to the postseason with Gettysburg’s loss at Franklin & Marshall on Wednesday. A four-year starter and team captain, Hargrove has been a big reason – literally – for the Mules’ success.

The 6-10 center, who will make his 100th career appearance (and 82nd start) on Senior Day against Ursinus this weekend, has turned in another strong season down low. Hargrove is averaging 10.8 points and a team-leading 8.4 rebounds per game to go along with 49 blocks. The swat artist holds school records for rejections in a game (10), season (76) and career (237), ranking third in conference history in the latter.

Hargrove, who has nine of his 21 double-doubles this season, is just 24 points shy of 1,000 for his career, and his 756 rebounds place him 16th in CC history.

“It’s a great feeling to be named to the Team of the Year,” Hargrove said. “There are a lot of great players and teams here, so to be named among them is an honor.”

Leanna Tallamy
Tallamy has attempted 73 more free throws than any other player in the Centennial Conference.
A first-team all-conference selection a year ago, Hargrove has topped the CC in blocks each of the last three seasons. Hargrove, who has led his team to a 63-40 record during his career, is driven to help the Mules end up on top of the conference heap in his last hurrah. Muhlenberg is in search of its first NCAA Tournament berth since the 1997-98 campaign.

“We want to get this win Saturday and give us some momentum going into the playoffs,” Hargrove said. “Once we get there, we know we can beat anybody. We have a win over everyone except F&M, and I’m confident we can take care of business no matter who we play.”

Tallamy has been a force from the jump for the women (15-9, 11-6), who will host Gettysburg in the first round of the CC playoffs next Wednesday. The junior is a leading candidate for player of the year honors, averaging a league-best 17.3 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. A three-time CC player of the week, Tallamy has six double-doubles this season.

“It’s really cool,” Tallamy said of her latest honor. “I didn’t know anything about this. When Coach told me, I was really excited. It’s a great thing to be a part of.”

Tallamy has been a huge part of Muhlenberg’s ninth straight playoff season. She has already set a school record for free throws made in a season (148 and counting), and is just seven offensive rebounds away from the all-time mark. Tallamy also became the first player in program history to lead the team in scoring in 10 straight games.

“I didn’t expect to have this good of a season,” Tallamy admitted. “It’s really neat that I have.”

Coach Ron Rohn certainly didn’t know what to expect from Tallamy, who transferred to Muhlenberg last year after playing one season at Gordon. He took a flyer on the 5-11 forward, and it’s safe to say he’s glad he did.

“I had never seen her play in high school,” Rohn said. “Leanna landed on our doorstep, sight unseen, on a recommendation from one of our former players. She is a focal point of our team, the player that everyone sets up their defense to try to stop. She is an old-fashioned, blue-collar post player that you don’t see very often anymore. She has been tremendous for us all year.”