The 2013-14 Great Midwest Athletic Conference Men's Basketball season has come to close with Alderson Broaddus University claiming the regular-season title in its first season in the league. The 2013-14 G-MAC Men's Basketball Championships will begin on Thursday in Philippi, West Virginia, and as the teams prepare, the conference office has released the 2013-14 All-Conference Teams and individual awards winners.
The coaches submitted nominations and selected the five-member First and Second All-Conference teams, and identified a six-member Honorable Mention squad. In addition to the All-Conference teams, the coaches named a Freshman of the Year, Coach of the Year, and a Player of the Year.
Great Midwest Athletic Conference: Men's Coach of the Year
GREG ZIMMERMAN - Alderson Broaddus University
Coach of the Year honors go to the top seeded team, as the Battlers head coach Greg Zimmerman helped guide his squad to its first G-MAC regular-season title.
Zimmerman, who recently earned his 300th career victory at ABU, is in his 13th season at Alderson Broaddus and holds a career record of 301-98. The team finished with an overall record of 21-5 on the season, finishing the season winning 19 of its last 20 games. It's only loss since December 4 was the Battlers only conference loss of the season to Central State. The loss ended a 12-game winning streak, but AB immediately began another streak as they have closed the season on a seven game winning streak.
Alderson Broaddus will be looking to capture the G-MAC Tournament Championship in the hopes of earning an NCAA Division II tournament bid. Under Zimmerman, AB has made nine tournament appearances, all coming from 2002-2010.
Great Midwest Athletic Conference: Men's Player of the Year
ADAM KLINE - Center
Senior - Alderson Broaddus University
Adam Kline, the three time Men's Basketball Athlete of the Week, finished the season as one of the best all-around players in the league and the nation. He averaged 14.4 points per game, which was tenth in the conference, just behind teammate Malcolm Tatum. However, Kline did a majority of his damage down low, recording 44 more field goals made than Tatum. In fact, his 158 field goals made is fifth in the conference. He is the only player in the top ten in scoring without a three point basket made and his 58 free throws made are less than half of almost everyone in the top ten in scoring.
Kline's game revolves around his energy and strength in the paint. The AB center led the conference in rebounding with 10.9 per game. He was the only player in the league to average a double-double, pulling down 3.1 more rebounds than anyone in the conference. He was also proficient on the offensive end, shooting a conference best 67.5% from the floor.
Nationally, Kline finished the regular-season ranked in the top ten in Division II in double-doubles (sixth with 16), field goal percentage (sixth with 67.5%), and rebounds per game (tenth with 10.9).
Great Midwest Athletic Conference: Men's Freshman of the Year
KEN-JAH BOSLEY - Guard
Freshman - Kentucky Wesleyan College
Ken-Jah Bosley, who was named G-MAC Athlete of the Week on December 9, averaged 16.7 points per game this season, which ranked seventh in the league and led all freshman. He actually averaged more points than any sophomore as well, as the conference was guided by the experience of its student-athletes.
Bosley helped Kentucky Wesleyan turn around a rough start to the season. The Panthers started the season 1-6, but concluded the season going 19-2, including a 12-2 conference mark in the team's first year with the G-MAC, finishing as the #2 seed in the G-MAC Championship tournament.
Bosley, who hit the game-winning shot in the Kentucky High School State title game a year ago, began his college career averaging only 12.5 points per game over the first six games. At the end of November, he scored 24 points against Wilberforce, beginning a stretch of five-straight games of scoring 20 or more points per game - averaging 23.6 points per game. He had nine games in which he scored 20 or more points. He led the team in scoring 12 times this season, the team was 10-2 in those contests.
The Great Midwest Athletic Conference also announced the All-Conference First, Second, and Honorable Mention teams prior to the start of the Men's Basketball Championships. Below is a list of the All-Conference honors, which were nominated and voted upon by the G-MAC coaches.
Great Midwest Athletic Conference: All-Conference First Team
ADAM KLINE Alderson Broaddus University Center Senior
KEN-JAH BOSLEY Kentucky Wesleyan College Guard Freshman
LeDONTE BODY Central State University Guard Junior
DEVIN MILLER Davis & Elkins College Guard Senior
MALCOLM TATUM Alderson Broaddus University Guard Sophomore
Great Midwest Athletic Conference: All-Conference Second Team
WALTER BROCK Salem International University Forward Senior
MARCUS REINEKE Cedarville University Guard Junior
LONNIE HAYES Kentucky Wesleyan College Guard Senior
SEQUAN LAWRENCE Ohio Valley University Forward Senior
DOMINIQUE DAWSON Kentucky Wesleyan College Center Senior
Great Midwest Athletic Conference: All-Conference Honorable Mention
RICHARD LEMON Alderson Broaddus University Forward Sophomore
THYLAS PERKINS Alderson Broaddus University Forward Sophomore
DEVIN LANGFORD Kentucky Wesleyan College Forward Sophomore
ANTHONY ADAMS-RULE Central State University Forward Junior
DAVID WOODWARD Trevecca Nazarene University Guard Junior
MASCEO HARMON Central State University Guard Junior