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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

My Summit League all-conference ballot

Summit League all-conference team
1. Ben Woodside, North Dakota State —
Woodside was the unquestioned leader for the Bison, which won the Summit League regular-season championship. Woodside led the league in scoring at 22.2 per game and his 23.0 per game overall is currently ninth nationally. His 5.6 assists were second in the league and his 6.3 overall is 11th nationally. He also shot 85.6 percent from the free-throw line and his 237 attempts overall is tied for 10th most in league history. Woodside is NDSU’s all-time leader in points, free throws made and attempted. He is also third in assists, fifth in steals and in second games played.
2. Erik Kangas, Oakland — Kangas was second in the league in scoring at 19.7 per game. He hit a single-season league record 119 3-pointers, which is currently third nationally. Kangas also became the Golden Grizzlies all-time leader in 3-pointers and continues to pad his record. Oakland was 10-1 this season when Kangas scored 20 or more points. He was also third in the league in free-throw percentage (89.3 percent) and averaged 1.2 steals per game.
3. Brett Winkelman, North Dakota State — The senior forward may get overshadowed a bit by Woodside, but he is a huge part of NDSU’s success. He was third in the league in scoring at 19.2 per game and ever more amazing at 6-foot-6 he is third in the league in rebounding (8.2 per game). He was also among the league leaders in free-throw percentage (eighth, 85.3 percent), steals (seventh, 1.5) and field-goal percentage (14th, 49.0 percent).
4. Johnathon Jones, Oakland — Jones led the league in assists (9.2 per game) and is currently leading the nation in assists (7.8 per game). The unselfish Jones also led the league in minutes played (37.7 per game) and assist/turnover ratio (3.0). Jones finished 18th in the league in scoring (12.9) and eighth in steals (1.4). He is also known as a tough defender and was one of eight finalists for the league’s Defensive Player of the Year.
5. Robert Jarivs, Oral Roberts — Jarvis followed up his 2008 first-tem All-Summit League performance with another all-league season. Jarvis was sixth in the league in scoring at 17.2 per game, second in 3-pointers per game (2.6) and ninth in minutes (34.6 per game). He helped lead Oral Roberts to a second-place finish in the league.
6. Marcus Lewis, Oral Roberts — Lewis was rewarded for his hard work in the offseason with a memorable season year, where he established himself as one of the top big men in the league. He was among the league leaders in seven categories, finishing 13th in scoring (13.8), fifth in rebounds (7.4), fourth in field-goal percentage (60.7), 14th in assists (2.3), sixth in blocks (0.8), seventh in offensive rebounds (2.4) and fifth in defensive rebounds (5.0).
7. Robert Glenn, IUPUI — Glenn established himself as a force in his first year in the Summit League after transferring to IUPUI from Wabash Valley J.C. Glenn finished seventh in the league in scoring (17.1 per game), ninth in rebounds (6.1), third in blocks (1.7), ninth in steals (1.4) and sixth in field-goal percentage (59.8 percent). He is a strong contender for Newcomer of the Year and a finalist for Defensive Player of the Year.
8. Davis Baker, Southern Utah — Baker increased his scoring average by over 11 points per game this season. He averaged 6.7 per game last season and improved to 18.5 this season (fifth in the league). He finished fifth in the league in free-throw percentage (87.9 percent), sixth in 3-point percentage (44.9 percent), ninth in 3-pointers (1.7) and fifth in minutes (35.5)
9. Keith Benson, Oakland — Might have short-changed the sophomore center a bit by voting him ninth as he established himself as a force in the paint all season and would be a strong candidate for most improved player if the league had an award. He led the league in blocks (3.2) and offensive rebounds (3.0). He was eighth in scoring (16.6), second in rebounding (8.3), third in field-goal percentage (66.3 percent) and fourth in defensive rebounds (5.3). He is currently sixth in the nation in field goal percentage (62.6 percent, minimum five field goals made per game).
10. David Carson, IPFW — Carson was the Mastodons go-to player all season and helped them win five of their last seven. He is a threat both inside and out on offense and can guard multiple positions. He finished the season ninth in the league in scoring (16.1), 11th in rebounds (5.9) and 10th in free-throw percentage (81.4 percent).
11. David DuBois, Western Illinois — DuBois did it all for the Leathernecks despite most teams game-planning to stop him. He was fourth in the league in scoring (18.6), 12th in rebounds (5.7), ninth in field-goal percentage (50.8 percent), 10th in blocks (0.7) and second in minutes (36.6).

NOTE: Voting is based on conference games only so those are the stats used in this article. 1-6 is my first team and 7-11 the second team.

Newcomer of the Year
1. Robert Glenn, IUPUI
2. Kevin Ford, Oral Roberts
3. Delivez Yearby, IPFW
4. Gary Redus, Centenary
5. Ceola Clark, Western Illinois

Defensive Player of the Year
1. Mike Nelson, North Dakota State
2. Johnathon Jones, Oakland
3. Kelvin Sango, Oral Roberts

Sixth Man of the Year
1. Delivez Yearby, IPFW
2. Ceola Clark, Western Illinois
3. Dan Waterstradt, Oakland

Coach of the Year
1. Saul Phillips, North Dakota State
2. Greg Kampe, Oakland
3. Scott Sutton, Oral Roberts



Blogger Detroit Sports Guru said...

I believe Kampe should be Coach of the year. Take away your best player, and possibly the best player in the league, and still get 20 wins! Thats unheard of. He did a great job of coaching all year, except for a few games.

March 3, 2009 at 12:14 PM 
Anonymous Sports Doctor said...

I agree w/ Detroit Sports Guru, Kampe should be coach of the year. Losng your leading scorer and rebounder just before the season started, losng one of your keys reserves (Tim Williams), having 5 rotation players being a freshman or sophomore, playing the schedule they played, and still managing to win 20 games is excellent.

March 4, 2009 at 3:19 PM 
Blogger Dave Pemberton said...

I agree Kampe did a great job this year, but so did Saul Phillips.
Phillips led his team to a regular-season league title in just its second year in the league and the team went 23-6, with the lone bad loss being at home to Southern Utah. The Bison also went an outstanding 8-1 on the road in league play, with the lone loss being at Oakland where a Woodside last second shot was just off.

Valid arguments can be made for both coaches and I don't mean to take away from anything Kampe and Oakland accomplished this season, but I gave the nod to Phillips.

March 4, 2009 at 3:38 PM 

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