Maverick Maniac's Musings

February 14, 2013

Summit League Men’s Basketball–Awards Preview

Filed under: Men's Basketball,The Summit League — Jon Green @ 10:00 am

We’re just a few weeks away from the end of the season so I figure now is a good time to look at players who have the potential to be on the All-Summit League teams this year. These are how I would rank them right now, not how I think they will necessarily end up.

First Team All-Summit League
Nate Wolters – South Dakota State – 22.8 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 5.5apg, 1.7 spg, 48% FG%, 40% 3FG%
Terell Parks – Western Illinois – 12.8 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 2.7 bpg, 57% FG%
Travis Bader – Oakland – 22.1 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 40% 3FG%, 89% FT%
Duke Mondy – Oakland – 12.7 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 5.0 apg, 3.2 spg
Marshall Bjorklund – North Dakota State – 12.1 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 70% FG%
Corey Petros – Oakland – 12.6 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 58% FG%

I think the first four are pretty easy. The final two are touch choices and Ceola Clark III has a great case for 1st team as well.

Second Team All-Summit League
Ceola Clark III –  Western Illinois – 11.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 4.1 apg, 1.7 spg, 42% 3FG%
Frank Gaines – Fort Wayne – 19.3 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.5 spg
Mitchell Patton – IUPUI – 13.8 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1 bpg, 60% FG%
Jordan Dykstra – South Dakota State – 12.4 rpg, 7.2 rpg, 45% 3FG%
Justin Simmons – Omaha – 16.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.2 spg, 48% FG%, 39% 3FG%

Frank Gaines is on the second team for me because while he scores a lot of points he also take a lot of shots… not very efficient. Patton has been very effective on a bad IUPUI team.

Honorable Mention All-Summit League
Taylor Braun – North Dakota State – 15.2 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.4 spg, 47% FG%, 50% 3FG%
Juevol Myles – South Dakota – 15.1 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.4 spg, 89% FT%
John Karhoff – Omaha – 12.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.4 apg, 51% FG%
TrayVonn Wright – North Dakota State – 9.9 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.7 bpg, 46% FG%, 92% FT%
Trevor Gruis – South Dakota – 11.6 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 55% FG%

I don’t feel right putting Taylor Braun on the first or second team when he’s barely played in the conference this year. I would feel fine with him being honorable mention though.

All-Newcomer Team
Duke Mondy – Oakland – 12.7 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 5.0 apg, 3.2 spg
Justin Simmons – Omaha – 16.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.2 spg, 48% FG%, 39% 3FG%
Juevol Myles – South Dakota – 15.1 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.4 spg, 89% FT%
Adam Link – Western Illinois – 9.5 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 51% FG%
Karim Rowson – South Dakota – 9.1 ppg, 4.2 rpg

The first three I think are easy choices for this one. Last two perhaps slightly harder though I’d imagine Adam Link is a lock.

Player of the Year
Nate Wolters – South Dakota State – 22.8 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 5.5apg, 1.7 spg, 48% FG%, 40% 3FG%

I don’t see any reason he’s not the unanimous choice for this award. Leads conference in scoring, 10th in rebounding, leads conference in assists, 4th in steals.

Defensive Player of the Year
Terell Parks – Western Illinois – 12.8 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 2.7 bpg, 57% FG%

I’ll take Parks who leads the league in blocks over Duke Mondy who leads the league in steals in part because of how much better Western Illinois is on defense than Oakland. Parks is the centerpiece (literally) of that lineup. He controls the paint for the Leathernecks.

Newcomer of the Year
Duke Mondy – Oakland – 12.7 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 5.0 apg, 3.2 spg

Mondy has been one of the best players in the league this year filling up a very full stat line. He’s the only newcomer from the first team and the transfer from Providence has been one of the main reasons for Oakland’s great late season push.

Coach of the Year
Derrin Hansen – Omaha – 9-18 (6-8)

I’m interested to see what happens here. This usually goes to the coach of a team in the top couple spots. Western Illinois’ Jim Molinari would be a good candidate if they do win the league considering they were 4th in the preseason. I don’t see how Scott Nagy winning a title with a team that was a nearly unanimous pick for first in the preseason is a coach of the year performance.

Derrin Hansen has taken a team that was a Division 2 team 24 months ago, a team who has only one class so far recruited for the D1 level, and turned them into a mid-level Summit League side. It’s an amazing accomplishment considering they were picked 9th in the preseason and even major Maverick fans like myself didn’t see them winning more than a few Summit League games. If they do finish 5th I think he deserves the award.

The last time the coach of a team who didn’t win the league got this award was 2006-07 when Greg Kampe won it when Oakland finished 2nd. There is some precedent for a mid-level team having the coach of the year. Kevin Jones of Chicago State won it in 2003-04 when they went 9-7 and finished 6th.

6th Man of the Year
Thomas Stanton – Kansas City – 9.8 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 44% 3FG%

There are kind of slim pickings for this one… Stanton has started 8 games but has come of the bench in 18 others.

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