INDIANAPOLIS – Cleveland State senior Norris Cole was tabbed the Horizon League Player of the Year in voting of the League’s coaches, sports information directors and media. Cole also won Defensive Player of the Year honors, becoming the first player in League history to win both in the same season.
Detroit’s Ray McCallum earned Newcomer of the Year accolades, while Geoff McCammon gave Loyola its second consecutive Sixth Man of the Year winner. The freshman led the Titans with 13.5 points per game and handed out 4.9 assists per contest, while McCammon was instant offense off the bench, pacing the Ramblers with 14.5 ppg while setting the new single-season Loyola standard for three-pointers made with 83.
After leading Milwaukee to nine straight wins to close the League season, giving the Panthers a share of the regular season title and No. 1 overall seed in the Horizon League Tournament, Rob Jeter received Coach of the Year recognition.
Cole paced the Horizon League in scoring (21.6 ppg), assists (5.5 apg) and steals (2.2 apg), carrying Cleveland State to a share of its first regular season League title. The Dayton Dunbar H.S.-product is joins Darius Clemons (Loyola, 1980-81) as the only players to lead the League in all three categories in the same season. The senior became just the second player in the last 15 years to record a 40-point, 20-rebound performance on Feb. 12 with a virtuoso effort of 41 points, 20 caroms and nine assists.
Matt Howard earned First Team All-League honors for the third straight season, becoming the 12th player in League history to do so. The senior led Butler to a share of its record-setting fifth straight regular season title.
Howard was joined on the First Team by Wright State’s Vaughn Duggins, Anthony Hill of Milwaukee and Valparaiso’s Brandon Wood, all of whom earned first team honors for the first time in their careers.
Preseason Player of the Year Shelvin Mack led Second Team selections, teaming with Howard to help Butler secure the No. 2 seed for the League tournament. Green Bay’s Rahmon Fletcher capped his career by being named to an All-League team for the fourth straight year. Senior N’Gai Evans teamed with Duggins to give Wright State two All-League selections, while McCallum and Detroit teammate Eli Holman rounded out the team.
McCallum was one of two freshmen on the All-Newcomer Team, joined by Green Bay center Alec Brown. Kaylon Williams, who solidified the point at Milwaukee, earned a spot on the squad, while transfers Paul Carter and Damian Eargle both made an impact in the post in picking up all-newcomer ballots.
Cole paced the All-Defensive Team honorees, with his backcourt partner Trevon Harmon also earning a spot on the five-man roster. Howard returned to the team after a one-year absence and was joined by his teammate Ronald Nored, who earned a place on the team for the second consecutive season. Holman rounded out the squad, which was selected in voting of the League’s coaches.
The 2011 Horizon League Men’s Basketball Championship will tip-off on Tuesday, March 1, with four first round games on campus sites. Top-seeded Milwaukee and No. 2 seed Butler earned byes into the semifinals, where they will meet the winners of the second round games on Saturday, March 5. The Horizon League title game will be played at 9 p.m. ET on Tuesday, March 8, on ESPN.
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