ELMHURST, Ill. IUPUI's duo of senior Leroy Nobles and junior Alex Young have been voted First Team All-Summit League by the league's coaches, media and sports information personnel as the 2010-11 basketball awards were announced on Thursday afternoon. In addition, IUPUI junior guard Stephen Thomas was selected to the five-player All-Newcomer Team.
Oakland senior center Keith Benson was voted Player of the Year for the second straight season and was joined on the first team by Reggie Hamilton (Oakland), Nobles (IUPUI), Dominique Morrison (Oral Roberts), Nate Wolters (South Dakota State) and Young (IUPUI). The second team consisted of Ben Botts (IPFW), Jay Couisnard (UMKC), Will Hudson (Oakland), Clint Sargent (South Dakota State) and Michael Tveidt (North Dakota State).
Benson was also selected Defensive Player of the Year while Oakland Head Coach Greg Kampe was voted Coach of the Year and Golden Grizzlies senior guard Larry Wright was pegged Sixth Man of the Year. ORU freshman Steven Roundtree rounded out the major awards by being picked Newcomer of the Year.
It marks the second straight year that IUPUI had two first team nominees as Young and Robert Glenn were awarded in 2010.
"I'm really happy for Alex and Leroy," IUPUI Head Coach Ron Hunter said. "They worked their butts off all summer and both had really good years. You're not going to meet more deserving kids either ? they've worked for everything they're getting."
Young led The Summit in scoring (19.8 ppg) during the regular season and was second in the league in steals (44) defensively. The 6-foot-6 lefty also ranked among the league's top 10 in rebounding (8th ? 6.5 rpg), blocked shots (9th ? 0.8 bpg) and was tops in minutes played (36.6 mpg). Against Summit League foes, Young upped his scoring output to 20.8 points per game while helping the to a 12-6 mark and a third-place finish.
Young enters the postseason at No. 5 on the school's all-time scoring list and recently cracked the top 25 on The Summit's career scoring list. He becomes just the second player in IUPUI history to earn two First Team All-League ballots, joining current San Antonio Spurs standout George Hill, who was honored in 2006 and 2008.
Nobles was awarded the First Team ballot after averaging 17.6 points and 3.9 rebounds per game during his senior campaign. The 6-foot-5 sharpshooter hit a team-high 56 threes and 146 free throws at a 81.1 percent clip. He was the only player in The Summit to score at least 14 points in every league game this past season and increased his scoring load to 19.6 points per game in league. He shot 49.1 percent from the field and 83.2 percent at the foul line in Summit League play.
Nobles currently ranks eighth on the program's all-time scoring list at 1,406 points and also ranks among the career leaders in free throws made (339) and free throws attempted (430). He's also sixth in school history with 177 threes made.
Thomas was pegged to the All-Newcomer Team after averaging 10.9 points per game and finishing the regular season ranked second on the squad with 81 assists. The Dayton-transfer closed the regular season shooting a team-high 40.6 percent from three and 85.5 percent from the charity stripe. The 6-foot-1 guard started 25 of 31 games and scored in double-figures 18 times. In Summit League play, he averaged 11.5 points per game.
"I'm excited Stephen was on the All-Newcomer Team," Hunter said. "He kind of gets overshadowed at times because of the numbers Alex and Leroy put up, but he's just a terrific basketball player. He does a lot of good things on the floor for us and is responsible for a lot of our success this season."
The Jaguars will begin tournament play on Sunday (Mar. 6) night when they take on No. 6 UMKC in the fourth quarterfinal matchup at 9:30 p.m. Eastern.
The full list of Summit League awards are below.
Name, School, Pos., Yr., Hometown
Keith Benson, Oakland, C, Sr., Farmington Hills, Mich.
Reggie Hamilton, Oakland, G, Jr., Harvey, Ill.
Leroy Nobles, IUPUI, G/F, Sr., Louisville, Ky.
Dominique Morrison, Oral Roberts, F, Jr., Kansas City, Mo.
Nate Wolters, South Dakota State, G, So., St. Cloud, Minn.
Alex Young, IUPUI, F, Jr., Indianapolis, Ind.
Ben Botts, IPFW, G, Sr., Muncie, Ind.
Jay Couisnard, UMKC, F, Sr., Houston, Texas
Will Hudson, Oakland, F, Sr., Madison, Wis.
Clint Sargent, South Dakota State, G, Sr., South Sioux City, Neb.
Michael Tveidt, North Dakota State F Sr. Pierre, S.D.
Damen Bell-Holter, Oral Roberts, F/C, So., Hydaburg, Alaska
Frank Gaines, IPFW, G, So., Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Spencer Johnson, UMKC, F, Sr., Champaign, Ill.
Matt Lander, Western Illinois, G, Sr., Evansville, Ind.
Warren Niles, Oral Roberts, G, So., Cincinnati, Ohio
Travis Bader, Oakland, G, Fr., Okemos, Mich.
Reggie Chamberlain, UMKC, G, Jr., Kansas City, Mo.
Jordan Dykstra, South Dakota State, F, Fr., Rock Valley, Iowa
Steven Roundtree, Oral Roberts, F, Fr., Jacksonville, Fla.
Stephen Thomas, IUPUI, G, Jr., Indianapolis, Ind.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Keith Benson, Oakland
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
Steven Roundtree, Oral Roberts
SIXTH MAN OF THE YEAR
Larry Wright, Oakland
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Keith Benson, Oakland
COACH OF THE YEAR
Greg Kampe, Oakland
IUPUI's Nobles, Young picked First Team All-summit; Thomas named to All-Newcomer Squad
Oakland senior center Keith Benson was was joined on the first team by Reggie Hamilton (Oakland), Nobles (IUPUI), Dominique Morrison (Oral Roberts), Nate Wolters (South Dakota State) and Young (IUPUI). The second team consisted of Ben Botts (IPFW), Jay Couisnard (UMKC), Will Hudson (Oakland), Clint Sargent (South Dakota State) and Michael Tveidt (North Dakota State).
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