Randy Payton Special to OVP
March 6, 2014
COLUMBIA, Ky. — Two University of Rio Grande men’s basketball players were honored for their accomplishments on the court, while two others were recognized for their work in the classroom as the Mid-South Conference announced its award winners for the 2013-14 season on Wednesday.
Junior forward Josh Reagan (Cleveland, OH) was among the 11 players named to the All-Conference First Team, while senior guard Jermaine Warmack (Orange, NJ) was named to the 10-man All-Conference Second Team.
Additionally, junior guards Evan Legg (Piketon, OH) and Travis Elliott (Ironton, OH) were named to the Academic All-Mid-South Conference Team.
Reagan is averaging 20.5 points and 5.7 rebounds per game for the RedStorm, shooting 57.1 percent from the field, 40 percent from three-point range and 70.9 percent from the free throw line.
A two-time MSC Player of the Week selection, Reagan scored a season-high 46 points in a win at Bluefield on Jan. 25 and enjoyed a career-best 13-rebound performance against Campbellsville one week earlier.
Warmack is Rio’s third-leading scorer this season at 11.2 points per game, while also leading the team in assists (4.8) and steals (2.2). He also ranks 10th nationally in free throw shooting percentage at 86 percent.
Warmack, the school’s all-time steals leader based on available records, also established a pair of career-highs this season with 28 points in a win over Campbellsville on Jan. 18 and 14 assists in a win at Bluefield on Jan. 25.
Joining Reagan on the All-MSC First Team were Chris Cantino, Elisha Justice, Keala King and Bruce Reed of the University of Pikeville; Lindsey Wilson College’s Daronte’ Clark; Eric Gaines of Campbellsville University; Bluefield College’s Kearsten Marion; R.J. Scott of the University of the Cumberlands; St. Catharine College’s William Tolefree; and Monty Wilson of Georgetown College.
Reed was named the league’s Player of the Year, while Campbellsville Miles Rice was tabbed Freshman of the Year and Pikeville’s Kelly Wells was named Coach of the Year.
Reed, a three-time MSC Player of the Week this year, concluded the regular season ranked in the conference’s top five in seven statistical categories. He leads the Mid-South in total blocks (56) and blocks per game (1.9) and is second in the conference in scoring (18.5).
Reed ranks fourth in field goal percentage (55.1 percent) and fifth in free throw percentage (79.3) and double-doubles (5). Nationally, Reed is sixth in total blocks and is 15th in field goal percentage.
Rice averaged 12.6 points — tops in the conference among freshmen — and 2.9 rebounds per game. His 58 3-pointers during the regular season are fourth most in the MSC.
Wells led the No. 2-ranked Bears to a 17-1 conference record and the regular season conference title.
The awards were selected based on balloting of the league’s 10 coaches, who were not permitted to vote for any of their own players or themselves.
Legg and Elliott were among a group of 18 student-athletes to earn Academic All-MSC honors.
In order to be nominated by an institution, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved at least sophomore academic status.
Legg is an Information Technolgy major, while Elliott is a Middle Childhood Math Education major, who is minoring in Middle Childhood Science.
On the court, Legg averages 8.0 points per game and has connected on a team-best 41 three-point goals, while Elliott averages 5.6 points and 2.2 rebounds per outing.
Cumberland (Tenn.) and Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) tied for the most men’s basketball academic honorees from one school with three each. Cumberlands (Ky.), Rio Grande (Ohio), Shawnee State (Ohio) and St. Catharine (Ky.) each had two.
All award winners will be recognized prior to their respective games in the 2014 Mid-South Conference Basketball Championships presented by GoJohnnyGo 5K/10K Run/Walk, which begins Thursday at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center on the campus of Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tenn.