Friday, March 3, 2017

Mid-South Conference Announces 2016-17 Men's Basketball Awards

The Mid-South Conference announced its award winners for the 2016-17 season on Thursday night.

Here's a release from the league:

FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Mid-South Conference announced its award winners for the 2016-17 men's basketball season at its annual banquet on Thursday night at the Capital Plaza Hotel in Frankfort, Ky.

The announcement comes prior to the start of the 2017 Mid-South Conference Men's Basketball Tournament, presented by Johnny Carino's, at the Frankfort Convention Center.

Life's (Ga.) Dalarian Williams was voted the MSC Player of the Year by the conference coaches, while head coach of the Running Eagles, Keith Adkins, was voted as the MSC Coach of the Year by his peers.

Jordan Perry of Pikeville (Ky.) was selected as the MSC Freshman of the Year and Lindsey Wilson's (Ky.) Nic Brown earned the first Randy Vernon MSC Defensive Player of the Year honor. Campbellsville's (Ky.) Elliott Young was named the MSC Champions of Character recipient to conclude the individual honors.

Williams led the Mid-South Conference in scoring with 20.72 points per game on 56.8 percent shoot for the season – which is second best in the conference. His 601 total points this season ranks fifth overall in NAIA Division I. Williams finished the regular season with a team-high 7.2 rebounds a game and 34 blocks. He led the Running Eagles to the programs first MSC regular season title.

In his first collegiate season, Perry finished second on Pikeville scoring 9.7 points per game and shot 33.3 percent from beyond the arc. He finished the season shooting 76.7 from the free throw line. Perry made 18 starts during the regular season, compiling 46 rebounds and 24 steals.

Brown earned the inaugural Randy Vernon MSC Defensive Player of the Year award after leading the conference with 2.31 blocks per game and 60 total blocks. He also grabbed 171 rebounds this past season.

Adkins led Life to its first MSC regular season title in program history, during his first season as head coach of the program. The Running Eagles finished 12-2 in the MSC to grab the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament and posted a regular season mark of 19-10. This is the third time Adkins was named MSC Coach of the Year, and first time as head coach of Life.

Young was selected as the MSC Champions of Character recipient based on his academic and athletic achievement, campus and community leadership, future ambition and demonstration of the five core character values of the NAIA.

Williams highlighted the 10-player all-conference first team selected by the conference coaches. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players. An additional 10 players were named to the All Mid-South Conference Second Team.

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