Ohio Wesleyan junior post Claude Gray (Avon,
OH/Avon) has been named the Player of the Year to
highlight the 2015 All-North Coast Athletic Conference men's
basketball squad, announced on March 4th after voting by the
conference's head coaches.
Gray, who elevated to the top team after earning honorable-mention accolades a year ago, led all league scorers in conference games this season with 342 points (19.0 ppg) and finished second overall in three pointers made with 45. In addition, Gray finished 11th in the league in rebounding with 109 boards (6.1 rpg), 10th overall in steals with 24 (1.3 spg) and was also the seventh-best free throw shooter in the NCAC after connecting on 63-of-82 (.768) attempts from the charity stripe. Gray also led the Battling Bishops to their first NCAC championship since the 1987-88 National Championship season, and OWU's first outright league championship since the 1986-87 campaign. Gray and the Battling Bishops did earn one of the 20 possible at-large bids into the 2015 NCAA Division III Tournament and will travel to Whitewater, Wisconsin, on Friday, March 6, for an opening-round contest against St. Olaf.
Wooster senior guard Xavier Brown (Bowling Green, OH/Bowling Green) caps off his collegiate career as just the second player in league history to earn four-straight All-NCAC first-team selections. OWU's Travis Schwab '04, currently the Associate Head Coach at Wittenberg, was the first league player to achieve the feat from 2001-04.
DePauw senior center Tommy Fernitz (Northbrook, IL/Glenbrook North) was the only other repeat selection on the first team from last winter.
Four players make their All-NCAC debuts as members of the 2015 top squad, including Ohio Wesleyan freshman Nate Axelrod (Dublin, OH/Coffman), Wooster sophomore Dan Fanelly (Uniontown, OH/Green), Wooster senior forward Evan Pannell (Akron, OH/Archbishop Hoban) and Wabash junior forward Daniel Purvlicis (Noblesville, IN/Noblesville).
Axelrod was also tabbed as the 2015 NCAC Men's Basketball Newcomer of the Year after leading the league in assists with 109 (6.1 apg) and finishing third overall in both scoring (317 - 17.6 ppg) and three pointers made (37-of-82 - .451).
Ohio Wesleyan head coach Mike DeWitt was voted the NCAC Coach of the Year for the third time in his career after guiding the Bishops to their first league title in 27 years with a 16-2 mark against league foes. In 16 years at the helm of the OWU men's basketball program, DeWitt owns an overall record of 260-173 and has led the Bishops to the NCAA Division III Tournament on five different occasions (2008, '12, '13, '14, '15).
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