Capping off a 21-win season and the American Southwest Conference East Division Championship, the East Texas Baptist University men’s basketball team had five players earn All-ASC awards along with Bert West being named the coach of the year. Bret Atkins, Dylan Augustine, Jay McKnight, Junior Mitchell, and Jordan Quillian all earned awards.
Atkins (Sr.; Croatia) took home several pieces of hardware being named the ASC East “Defensive Player of the Year”, was one of five players to make the All-ASC team from both the East and West Division, All-ASC East first-team, and on the All-ASC East defensive team. During the year, he was twice named the ASC East Division player of the week and he finished averaging 12 points per game. He made 53 three-pointers shooting 38 percent from the arc and shot 45 percent from the floor. He started and played in all 27 games and scored 458 points in two years at ETBU.
Augustine (Jr.; Hathaway, La.) earned All-ASC East second-team honors and was also named to the All-ASC East Defensive team and the ASC All-Tournament team. This is his fifth All-ASC award in his career as last year he was All-ASC third team and he was a member of the ASC All-Freshman team in 2013-14. He earned three awards this year to bring his total to five. He finished with 12.8 points per game and then lead the ASC in three-point field goal percentage (47 percent) and made three-pointers (78). In three years, he has made 201 three-pointers and has 879 points.
McKnight (Fr.; Marshall, Texas) became the 14th player under coach West to make the All-ASC East Freshman team. He played in 21 games and hit nine three-pointers and scored 38 points.
Mitchell (Sr.; Marshall/Houston, Texas) earns his fifth ASC award in his four-year career at ETBU being voted honorable mention All-ASC. Playing three full years with one another medical redshirt year, he made the All-ASC East honorable mention team. Last year he was named ASC All-Tournament and was the ASC Tournament MVP and was twice before named All-ASC honorable mention. This year, he averaged 10.2 points per game and had 87 assists while shooting 42 percent from the floor. He finishes his career with 896 points and 258 assists.
Quillian earns his first ASC award being on the honorable mention team. He averaged 9.6 points per game and 4.9 rebounds per game. He started 18 games playing in 27 and made 55 percent of his shots from the floor and scored 10 or more points in 15 games.
Rounding out the awards is head coach Bert West as he earns the “Coach of the Year” award for the second straight year. He was named the ASC East Division “Coach of the Year” for guiding ETBU to the program’s second ASC East Division championship. This is also the second year in a row that ETBU has had a 20-win season.
ETBU finished the year at 21-6 and won the ASC East Division. The 21 wins is the second most in the NCAA Division III era behind the 26 wins last season.