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Josh Caldwell repeats as Patriot League defensive player of year

Photo by Lynn Fern/Black Knight Nation

Army senior guard Josh Caldwell took his place among rare company in Patriot League basketball history Monday.

Caldwell was named Patriot defensive player of the year for the second straight season. Army’s all-time steals leader is only the third Patriot player to receive the award in consecutive years since 2004-05. He has set Army’s single-season steals record with 64 this season and averaged 12.1 points per game.

Caldwell’s 165 career steals are an academy record entering Army’s Patriot quarterfinal at Lehigh Thursday.

Army sophomore guard Jalen Rucker earned Patriot League second-team honors. Rucker is fourth in the league in scoring at 16.8 points. He has scored 20 of more points in 10 of Army’s 30 games.

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