Maverick Maniac's Musings

March 6, 2013

2012-13 Summit League Men’s Basketball–Final Awards Preview

Filed under: Men's Basketball,The Summit League — Jon Green @ 11:30 am

Things have changed a bit since we previewed this at midseason. One of the biggest things was finding out that this is based on conference play only… so stats are from just that period. Here’s who I might have voted for. My methodology is largely statistical since only seeing each team once (maybe twice) doesn’t give you a great view of how good each player is.

First Team All-Summit League
Nate Wolters – South Dakota State – 22.9 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 5.4 apg, 1.9 spg, 59% FG%, 41% 3FG%, 82% FT%
Terell Parks – Western Illinois – 11.9 ppg, 10.4 rpg, 2.5 bpg, 57% FG%
Taylor Braun – North Dakota State – 17.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.4 apg, 59% FG%, 67% 3FG%
Travis Bader – Oakland – 23.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 38% 3FG%, 90% FT%
Duke Mondy – Oakland – 12.2 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 6.0 apg, 3.4 spg, 89% FT%
Marshall Bjorklund – North Dakota State – 12.3 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 73% FG%

Four obvious ones if you are okay with Braun being 1st team despite playing only seven games in conference… I think I’m okay with that. You could take issue with my final two but both have had very good years.

Second Team All-Summit League
Justin Simmons – Omaha – 18.8 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.1 apg, 49% FG%, 42% 3FG%
Trevor Gruis – South Dakota – 13.4 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.2 bpg, 60% FG%
Drew Valentine – Oakland – 11.2 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.8 spg, 54% FG%
Ceola Clark III – Western Illinois – 13.7 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 4.1 apg, 1.6 spg, 43% 3FG%, 83% FT%
Frank Gaines – Fort Wayne – 19.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg

I imagine the two most picked on for me having them second team will be Clark III and Gaines. Compare Clark III to Mondy and Mondy’s stats come out better I think. Gaines is second team because he does one thing really well, score, but he’s not a great shooter. It’s definitely close though. All five of these players (and Petros below) were really close to Bjorklund to me.

Honorable Mention All-Summit League
Corey Petros – Oakland – 13.0 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 60% FG%
TrayVonn Wright – North Dakota State – 11.6 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.6 bpg, 48% FG%, 88% FT%
Brandon Bos – South Dakota – 13.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.3 apg, 47% FG%, 42% 3FG%, 88% FT%
Jordan Dykstra – South Dakota State – 12.4 rpg, 8.5 rpg, 40% 3FG%, 82% FT%
John Karhoff – Omaha – 12.4 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.6 apg, 53% FG%

Again Petros had a strong case for first team. Drop off to the next group. Just missing my honorable mention list are Donovan Gibbs and Juevol Myles.

All-Newcomer Team
Duke Mondy – Oakland – 12.2 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 6.0 apg, 3.4 spg, 89% FT%
Justin Simmons – Omaha – 18.8 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.1 apg, 49% FG%, 42% 3FG%
Juevol Myles – South Dakota – 16.2 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.8 apg, 91% FT%
Casey Kasperbauer – South Dakota – 10.1 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.9 apg, 51% FG%, 49% 3FG%, 83% FT%
Adam Link – Western Illinois – 10.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 50% FG%, 50% 3FG%

The first three are easy, the last two pretty clear to me but Luis Jacobo was not that far off. There may be some rules about only one newcomer per school so Kasperbauer would be hurt by that.

Player of the Year
Nate Wolters – South Dakota State – 22.9 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 5.4 apg, 1.9 spg, 59% FG%, 41% 3FG%, 82% FT%

Pretty clear choice, though Parks was fantastic

Defensive Player of the Year
Terell Parks – Western Illinois – 11.9 ppg, 10.4 rpg, 2.5 bpg, 57% FG%

Parks is the easy choice her. Dominant defensive player inside for Western Illinois.

Newcomer of the Year
Duke Mondy – Oakland – 12.2 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 6.0 apg, 3.4 spg, 89% FT%

I think this one’s quite clear. Simmons good but not at Mondy’s overall level.

Coach of the Year
Derrin Hansen – Omaha – 6-10

I’ve advocated that the coach of the year should be the coach who got more out of his team than anyone thought possible. Two coaches did that this year, Derrin Hansen with Omaha and Jim Molinari with Western Illinois. I’ll give the nod to Hansen as I expected a lot less out of them than I did Molinari’s bunch with several great seniors.

6th Man of the Year
Duke Mondy – Oakland – 12.2 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 6.0 apg, 3.4 spg, 89% FT%

Monday came off the bench in nine of the 16 Summit League games, the final nine. Is that enough to make him eligible? I’m honestly not sure. If not I’m probably going for Thomas Staton of Kansas City who only started six. If I can’t pick him it’s Joe Edwards of Fort Wayne who only started once.

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