What a way to bring in the NCAA post season than with the American Southwest Conference’s best coach and four of their top players. Head Coach Bert West was named the ASC Coach of the Year while three players were given All-ASC awards.
West, a former ETBU basketball player, was voted the coach of the year for what he did with his team that was picked to finish seventh in the preseason poll. Also making All-ASC were Jamil Samuel, Erby Thompson, Junior Mitchell, and Dylan Augustine.
Samuel was voted onto the second team and All-Defensive team as this is the second year in a row he has received the awards. He led the ASC in rebounding at 9.1 per game and was second in blocked shots.
Augustine earns his first award being named to the All-ASC third. He is fourth in the ASC in three-point field goals made (66). He is second on the team in scoring at 10.8 ppg.
Thompson and Mitchell were named All-ASC honorable mention. It is the second award for Mitchell as he was named the ASC Tournament MVP and the third time that Thompson has been given an honorable mention award.
Finishing out her career at ETBU, senior Amanda Rucker was named to the American Southwest Conference second-team. Rucker was a four-year starter for ETBU and recorded over 1,000 points in her career.
She was the second leading scorer in all of the ASC averaging 19.8 points per game. She had two 30-point games with 32 vs. Louisiana College and 30 against Howard Payne. She scored 20 or more points in 12 games and recorded four double-doubles on the year.
Last year she was an All-ASC third team selection and has made the All-ASC East player of the week twice in her career.