MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — The 2019-20 All-River States Conference Men’s Basketball Teams & Awards have been selected by the league’s 12 head coaches. The honorees are announced at RiverStatesConference.com with WVU Tech senior guard Junior Arrey chosen as the RSC Men’s Basketball Player of the Year to lead the honorees.
Arrey, a 6-0 point guard from Blacklick, Ohio, led No. 15-ranked WVU Tech to the RSC regular-season championship by averaging 16.4 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 2.1 steals per game. He shoots 49 percent from the field, 37 percent from beyond the arc and 71 percent from the foul line.
Arrey was the top vote-getter among the polling of the RSC head coaches. He leads an All-RSC First Team that includes 10 players. There are also 10 players on the All-RSC Second Team. Also named was the RSC Men’s Basketball Champions of Character Team.
James Long, the first-year coach from WVU Tech, was chosen as the RSC Men’s Basketball Coach of the Year. Coming over from Bob Huggins’ staff at his alma mater WVU, Long has led the Golden Bears to a record of 23-8 overall and 15-1 RSC as the overall RSC regular-season champion and RSC East Division champion. The Golden Bears have locked up an automatic bid to the NAIA Division II National Championship.
Asbury (Ky.) University junior guard Leander Ridgeway was chosen as the RSC Men’s Basketball Newcomer of the Year. The 6-4 native of Lexington, Ky., earned a spot on the All-RSC Second Team and was the top vote-getter among players who are new to the conference this year. He averaged team-highs of 17.6 points and 7.4 rebounds per game.
IU East senior guard Bishop Smith came up second in the RSC Player of the Year voting. He is averaging 21.8 points per game with a conference-high 124 made 3-pointers. Alice Lloyd (Ky.) senior guard Blake Smith was also high on the list as the RSC scoring leader at 27.0 points per game. IU Southeast junior forward David Burton (17.9 ppg, 8.5 rpg) and IU Kokomo junior forward Desean Hampton (11.1 ppg, 10.5 rpg) rounded out the top half of the first team.
IU Kokomo was the only school with two on the first team with senior guard Akil McClain (15.4 ppg) joining teammate Hampton. Also on the All-RSC First Team were Ohio Christian sophomore forward Justin Barksdale (16.1 ppg, 9.0 rpg), Midway (Ky.) University junior forward Kwon Evans (16.9 ppg, 8.0 rpg), WVU Tech junior forward Tamon Scruggs (13.5 ppg, 7.2 rpg) and Brescia (Ky.) University senior forward Kayode Daboiku (17.4 ppg, 8.8 rpg).
The 10 players on the All-RSC Second Team had two from IU East and two from Point Park (Pa.) University to tie for a league high. The other six players came from six different schools, and there are no seniors on the second team. For the complete listing of the first and second teams, see below.
The RSC Men’s Basketball Champions of Character Team featured players nominated by their head coaches for best exhibiting the NAIA’s Champions of Character values of respect, responsibility, integrity, servant leadership and sportsmanship.
2019-20 ALL-RIVER STATES CONFERENCE MEN’S BASKETBALL TEAMS & AWARDS
RSC Player of the Year: Junior Arrey, Sr., G, WVU Tech
RSC Coach of the Year: James Long, first year, WVU Tech
RSC Newcomer of the Year: Leander Ridgeway, Jr., G, Asbury (Ky.)
2019-20 ALL-RSC MEN’S BASKEBALL FIRST TEAM
|Junior Arrey||G||Sr.||WVU Tech|
|Bishop Smith||G||Sr.||IU East|
|Blake Smith||G||Sr.||Alice Lloyd|
|David Burton||F||Jr.||IU Southeast|
|Desean Hampton||F||Jr.||IU Kokomo|
|Akil McClain||G||Sr.||IU Kokomo|
|Justin Barksdale||F||So.||Ohio Christian|
|Tamon Scruggs||F||Jr.||WVU Tech|
2019-20 ALL-RSC MEN’S BASKEBALL SECOND TEAM
|Gunner Short||G||So.||Rio Grande|
|Garrett Silcott||G||So.||IU East|
|Jocobi Hendricks||G||Fr.||IU Southeast|
|Trequan Spivey||G||Jr.||IU Kokomo|
|Sherron Schifino||G||So.||Point Park|
|Jehu Lafeuillee||F||Jr.||IU East|
|Garret McHenry||F||Jr.||Point Park|
|Andreas Jonsson||G||Jr.||WVU Tech|
2019-20 RSC MEN’S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS OF CHARACTER TEAM
|Alice Lloyd College||Ian Lee|
|Asbury University||Blaine May|
|Brescia University||Noah Cunningham|
|Carlow University||Hunter DeStefano|
|Indiana University East||Brady Smith|
|Indiana University Kokomo||Billie Webster|
|Midway University||Ridge Hall|
|Ohio Christian University||Allen Mattam|
|Point Park University||Garret McHenry|
|University of Rio Grande||Hadith Tiggs|
|WVU Tech||Andreas Jönsson|