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All-MIAA Men¹s Basketball Team

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Missouri Southern center Keane Thomann was selected as MIAA Player of the Year, and Northwest Missouri head coach Ben McCollum was chosen as MIAA Coach of the Year to headline the 2011-12 all-conference men's basketball team released Tuesday by the league office. The selections were made by the league's 11 head coaches, and coaches were not permitted to vote for their own players.

Thomann was namedplayer of the year after a season in which he led the MIAA in scoring (21.5ppg) and field goal percentage (.632), while finishing fourth in the league in rebounding (7.9 rpg) and third in the conference in blocked shots (1.3 bpg). The senior from Olney, Ill., was also one of two unanimous All-MIAA First Team selections along with Washburn junior guard Will McNeill.

McCollum was voted coach of the year for the first time after leading Northwest Missouri to a share of the MIAA regular season championship, the 12th regular season conference title for Northwest and first since 2006-07. The Bearcats finished 15-5 in league play (21-5 overall) and will be the No. 3 seed in the MIAA Tournament.

Fort Hays State senior center Matt Simmons was selected as the MIAA Defensive Player of the Year. The Great Bend, Kan., native led the conference with 53 blocked shots (2.0 per game) and 198 defensive rebounds (7.6 per game). Simmons was also an All-MIAA Second Team selection.

Truman guard Seth Jackson is the MIAA Freshman of the Year after finishing 16th in the league in scoring with 11.9 points per game. The St. Louis, Mo., product was also All-MIAA Honorable Mention.

Missouri Southern and Northwest Missouri led the league with four All-MIAA selections apiece, followed by Central Missouri, Fort Hays State, Pittsburg State and Washburn with three each, Missouri Western, Southwest Baptist and Truman with two each, and Emporia State and Lincoln with one apiece.

The MIAA Centennial Basketball Championships begin Thursday at Municipal Auditorium in Downtown Kansas City, with the men taking the floor on Friday. Men's award winners and All-MIAA First Team selections will be recognized prior to the 6 p.m. game Friday evening.

 

2011-12 ALL-MIAA MEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Keane Thomann, Sr., C, Missouri Southern

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Matt Simmons, Sr., C, Fort Hays State

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Seth Jackson, G, Truman

COACH OF THE YEAR
Ben McCollum, Northwest Missouri

FIRST TEAM
Keane Thomann, Sr., C, Missouri Southern**
Will McNeill, Jr., G, Washburn**
Deshaun Cooper, Jr., G, Northwest Missouri
Ryan Dougherty, Sr., G, Southwest Baptist
Jason Adams, Sr., G/F, Missouri Southern [r1]

**Unanimous Selection
[r1] - Repeat first team selection from last season

SECOND TEAM
Dominique Long,Jr., F, Central Missouri
Boo Hunter, Sr., G, Central Missouri
Jake Reinders, Sr., F, Northwest Missouri
Andra Bailey, Sr., F, Pittsburg State
Matt Simmons, Sr., C, Fort Hays State

 

THIRD TEAM
Karron McKenzie, Sr., G/F, Fort Hays State
Lavonte Douglas, Sr., F, Missouri Western
Moses Dayee, Sr., G/F, Fort Hays State
Marquis Addison, So., G, Missouri Southern
Eric Ray, Sr., G, Pittsburg State

 

HONORABLE MENTION

Widgett Washington, Jr., G, Central Missouri

Tola Lawal, Sr., G, Emporia State

Cedric Ridle, Jr., G, Lincoln

Jordan Talbert, So., F, Missouri Southern
TJ Johnson, Sr., G, Missouri Western

Kyle Haake, Sr., G, Northwest Missouri
DeAngelo Hailey, Jr., G, Northwest Missouri
Javon McGee, Jr., C, Pittsburg State
Robson Memnon, Sr., F, Southwest Baptist
Seth Jackson, Fr., G, Truman
Tom Norton, Jr., G, Truman
Martin Mitchell, Jr., G, Washburn
Bobby Chipman, Jr., F, Washburn

ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM

Matt Simmons, Sr., C, Fort Hays State
Ryan Dougherty, Sr., G, Southwest Baptist
Will McNeill, Jr., G, Washburn
Jake Reinders, Sr., F, Northwest Missouri
Andra Bailey, Sr., F, Pittsburg State

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