Mount St. Joseph’s Kameron Williams was named the Baltimore Catholic League player of the year Monday evening at its annual pre-tournament dinner in Linthicum.

“It lets me know all the hard work, the weight room, the wind sprints up and down hills, is paying off,” said Williams, a 6-foot-2 guard. “I’ve just really worked on my ball handling, working off the ball a lot better and better shot selection.”

Williams was a huge reason the Gaels went 12-2 and finished atop the BCL regular season standings. It’s third time in four seasons, the Irvington school had the league’s top player. Eric Atkins, now a starting guard for Notre Dame University, claimed the honors in 2008-2009 and 2009-10 campaign.

Malcolm McMillian (John Carroll School; now at Central Connecticut State) and R.J. Williams (St. Frances Academy; Loyola University) shared the honor a year ago.

The 2012 BCL first-team features Phil Booth from Mount St. Joseph, Archbishop Spalding’s Greg Brown, Daquan Cook (St. Frances), John Carroll School’s Jarred Jones and Denzel Richardson from Calvert Hall College. Jones, who will play for Loyola University next season, makes a repeat appearance on the first-team.

At last year’s ceremony, Spalding coach Derrick Lewis gave one of the funniest speeches in the recent history of the BCL function as he presented son Kyree as the team’s Never Never Quit Award recipient. The straight-forward former University of Maryland standout was almost speechless when he was selected the league’s coach of the year Monday.

“You see Pat Clatchley [Mount St. Joseph], you see John Bauersfeld [Calvert Hall College], Tony Martin [John Carroll], I really don’t understand maybe I’m naïve,” said Lewis, whose team is 16-14 this season and finished fourth in regular season standings after an 11-18 mark last year. “I’ve tried to do things right, but this feels funny to me. Because this is from your peers make it special.”

Cavalier senior Earl Potts was named the league’s most improved performer. Julian Davis from Calvert Hall was selected the league’s defensive player of the year.

Potts was also selected to the second-team with Justin Beck from Calvert Hall College, St. Frances junior Tevon Saddler, Dan Vigus from Loyola Blakefield and St. Maria Goretti’s Yannick Zanfack.

It’s on to the court for the 41st BCL Tournament, starting Friday at Stevenson University. The afternoon portion features No. 7 seed Loyola Blakefield against second-seed St. Frances at 3:30, followed by St. Maria Goretti, the No. 6 seed, playing third-seed John Carroll at 5:15.

Mount St. Joseph takes on No . 8 seed Mount Carmel at 7 p.m. with the nightcap featuring No. 5 seed Calvert Hall against fourth-seeded Archbishop Spalding at 8:45 p.m.