MIAA announces men’s basketball all-conference squad

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COURTESY: MIAA Sports Information

Kansas City, Mo. – Northwest Missouri’s DeShaun Cooper has been named the MIAA Player of the Year as the All-MIAA teams were released today by the conference office. Robert Corn, in his final season as Missouri Southern’s head coach, led his team to the third seed in the MIAA Tournament and has been named the Coach of the Year.

Cooper was 11th in the league in scoring averaging 16.6 points per game and was seventh in the league with 4.2 assists per contest. He was named a unanimous first team all-conference selection and led his team to a 16-3 record in league play and the second seed in the MIAA tournament.

He is joined as a unanimous first team selection by Craig Nicholson who led the MIAA in assists with 7.5 per game and was fifth in the league in scoring. Joining those two on the first team were Central Oklahoma’s Josh Gibbs, a repeat from last season, Missouri Southern’s Marquis Addison and Central Missouri’s Dillon Deck.

Gibbs averaged a double-double this season as he was third in scoring at 22.9 points and led the league in rebounding with 11.3 per game. Addison was 10th in the league in scoring averaging 16.7 points and was fifth in the league in free throw percentage. Deck was second in the league in field goal percentage at .646 and was ninth in the league in blocked shots.

The MIAA Defensive Player of the Year was Paul Bunch who led the league with 2.7 blocked shots per game. The MIAA Freshman of the Year was Zach Schneider of Northwest Missouri who was fourth in the league in three-point percentage and ninth in the league in three-pointers made

The MIAA Men’s Basketball Tournament gets underway with the first four games on campus sites hosted by the higher seed. Tonight’s winning teams will advance to Municipal Auditorium to face the tournament’s top four seeds on March 7-9.

Player of the Year
DeShaun Cooper, Sr., G, NWMSU

Defensive Player of the Year
Paul Bunch, Sr., C, ESU

Freshman of the Year
Zach Schneider, Fr., F, NWMSU

Coach of the Year
Robert Corn, Missouri Southern

All-MIAA First Team
DeShaun Cooper, Sr., G, NWMSU**
Craig Nicholson, So., G, FHSU**
Josh Gibbs, Sr., F, UCO [r1]
Marquis Addison, Sr., G, MSSU
Dillon Deck, Jr., F/C, UCM
**Unanimous Selection
[r1] Repeat First Team Selection

All-MIAA Second Team
Bryton Hobbs, Sr., G, NSU
Dillon Starzl, Sr., C, NWMSU
Alex North, Jr., F, WU
Kaleb Wright, Sr., G, ESU
Dwayne Brunson, Sr., F, FHSU

All-MIAA Third Team
Devon Branch, Jr., G, PSU
Mike Dentlinger, Sr., C, UNK
Jordan Talbert, Sr., F, MSSU
Daylen Robinson, Sr., G, UCM
Connor Beranek, So., F, UNK

All-Defensive Team
Paul Bunch, Sr., C, ESU
Bryston Williams, Sr., G, NWMSU
Jordan Talbert, Sr., F, MSSU
Terrence Moore, So., G, ESU
Slim Magee, Sr., C, MSSU

Honorable Mention All-MIAA
Charles Hammork, Sr., G/F, UCM
Aaron Anderson, So., G, UCO
Paul Bunch, Sr., C, ESU
Terrence Moore, So., G, ESU
Carson Konrade, Sr., G, FHSU
Josh Buie, Jr., G, LU
Mike Smith, Jr., G, LU
Tyler Ressel, Sr., G, LWU
Darris Smith, Jr., G, LWU
Ethan Brozek, So., F, UNK
Conner Crooker, So, G, NWMSU
Bryston Williams, Sr., G, NWMSU
Slim Magee, Sr., C, MSSU
Ryan Devers, Jr., G, MWSU
DJ Barmore, Jr., F, SBU
Kyle Wiggins, Jr., G, WU

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