FRANKFORT – Three of the 10 First Team All Mid-South Conference selections came from the University of Pikeville men’s basketball team as Macari Brooks, Christian Leach and K.K. Simmons all made the list on Thursday night at the annual awards banquet.
Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players. Ten additional players were also named second-team selections.
Among the trio of senior award winners from UPIKE, Brooks and Simmons are making an appearance on the first team for the second straight season, while Leach earns his first postseason honor.
Simmons led the Bears in scoring this season at 16.3 points per game, connecting on an NAIA 15th best 82 3-pointers at 40.8 percent. He also became the 27th player in program history to score 1,000 points for a career.
Brooks added 14.3 points per contest while also finishing second on the team with 6.3 rebounds per game. The senior was also a consistent performer from the free-throw line, hitting at an NAIA 25th best 81 percent.
Leach, who was named MSC Player of the Week in January, tallied an efficient 13.8 points per game while shooting 57.5 percent, good for seventh in the NAIA. He also pulled down 5.2 rebounds per game and finished third on the team with 66 assists.
Georgetown’s Deondre McWhorter was named player of the year, Shawnee State University’s Jeff Hamilton was named the league’s top coach and Campbellsville’s Hagen Tyler was named the freshman of the year. SSU’s Seth Young received the MSC’s Champions of Character award.