AWARDS: Five @UTTylerMBB players earn postseason honors

Tuesday, February 27, 2018
by Wes Bloomquist | wbloomquist@uttyler.edu

TYLER – UT Tyler sophomore Emeka Obukwelu has earned American Southwest Conference All-Conference Team honors after setting a new all-time ASC shooting percentage record, while Davis Moore was named the East Division Sportsmanship Athlete of the Year and Josh Tatum and Skyler Hadden are East Division All-Defensive Team selection by the coaches. Tatum, Hadden and Johnell Lane also received ASC East honorable mention in the postseason awards that were announced on Tuesday by the league office.

UT Tyler finished the season with a 17-9 overall record and were fourth in the ASC East Division after going 10-8 in conference play. The Patriots advanced to the postseason for the second straight season and finished the regular season leading the conference with a 50.1 shooting percentage, 19.4 assists per game and established a new program single-season record with 505 assists.

A Plano native, Obukwelu finished his second season with the Patriots averaging 19.6 points and 7.8 rebounds per game and is also a member of the ASC East Division First Team. He recorded nine double-double, including going off for a UT Tyler single-game record with 43 points and 17 rebounds in a non-conference win over Rhodes College. He would score in double digits in 24 of 26 games and went for 25 or more in eight games. His 67.8 shooting percentage for the season broke the ASC record of 67.6 percent by Tracy Phillips from Mississippi College in 2003. He also set the UTT record by scoring 510 points in a season to top Brandon Weasby who scored 505 points in the 2004-05 season.

“We played through Emeka the entire year,” UT Tyler coach Jamon Copeland said. “Any time we went to him he was ready to perform. His efficiency was ridiculous. He took the responsibility that we gave him and produced for us. I think he can be an All-American in the next two years if he continues to work hard and progresses like he has the past two years. The sky really is the limit for him.”

Obukwelu is sixth the NCAA with his shooting percentage and ninth with 227 field goals made.

Tatum and Hadden each had strong senior seasons and helped the Patriots limit opponents to 43.6 percent shooting.

“Offense can come and go, so having two senior leaders like Josh and Skyler who are committed to playing great defense every night was really important for us,” Copeland said. “They were invested in defense every game and that was huge for us.”

A point guard from Keller, Tatum finished his career as the all-time program leader with 228 assists after smashing the single-season record and leading the ASC with 151 assists this season. Defensively, he led the Patriots with 39 steals including having seven steals against Rhodes.

“His wingspan is really good and he caused havoc for other point guards,” Copeland said. “He’s quick and always did a great job of keeping the ball in front of him and not fouling. He really was the main cog of our defense.”

Hadden earn ASC East All-Defensive honors after a season where he had 29 steals and 13 blocked shots for the Patriots. A Waco native, Hadden was a versatile player throughout the year where he averaged 12.3 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. He finished his two-year career with the Patriots with 483 points and with 198 rebounds.

“Skyler has great length and did a great job for us in defending the other team’s best shooters,” Copeland said. “He did a great job running guys off the line and making it tough for them to get good looks.”

Moore was named the ASC East Division Sportsmanship Athlete of the Year for his

A sophomore from Martin’s Mill, Moore finished the season averaging 4.6 points per game after knocking down 32 3-pointers. He has hit 71 3-pointers and is shooting 41.0 percent on 3-pointers through 50 games at UT Tyler.

“Davis is the most incredible kid I’ve ever coached,” Copeland said. “He’s in the gym every day at 6 a.m. whether we’re practicing that day or not. He’s a great teammate and is always positive. His minutes varied throughout the year, but he was always the same guy for us with a positive attitude that made his teammates better. His mindset is just incredible. Davis is everything you’d want out of a student-athlete.”

A sophomore from Gonzales, Louisiana, Lane earned an ASC East Division honorable mention selection after leading the Patriots with 65 3-pointers in his first season with the program. He shot 39.2 percent from beyond the arc and finished the season averaging 13.1 points per game. Lane had two games where he hit six 3-pointers, including the regular-season finale where he matched a career-high with 26 points at Louisiana College.  

“I was really please with Johnell’s season,” Copeland said. “The first year for any player is always a tough transition, but he came in ready to be coached and to learn. He’s an incredible shooter but he was also a great rebounder from the guard position. He’s got a bright future in our great sophomore class.”

All-Conference Team

Name Cl. Pos. School Hometown
Caleb Thomasson 2 Sr. F Sul Ross State Ackerly, Texas
Khyce Randall 2 Sr. G Howard Payne Beaumont, Texas
Dimitrius Underwood So. G UT Dallas Mesquite, Texas
Nate West So. G LeTourneau Houston, Texas
Alec Colhoff Sr. G LeTourneau Katy, Texas
Emeka Obukwelu So. F UT Tyler Plano, Texas

Two-Time All-Conference2
 
All-Division Teams
East Division
Player of the Year – Nate West, LeTourneau
Freshman of the Year – Justin Moore, LeTourneau
Newcomer of the Year – Devon Washington, Louisiana College
Defensive Player of the Year – Caleb Loggins, LeTourneau
Sportsmanship Athlete of the Year – Davis Moore, UT Tyler
Coach of the Year – Dan Miller, LeTourneau 2
Two-Time East Division Coach of the Year2
 
First Team

Name Cl. Pos. School Hometown
Nate West So. G LeTourneau Houston, Texas
Dimitrius Underwood So. G UT Dallas Mesquite, Texas
Emeka Obukwelu So. F UT Tyler Plano, Texas
Alec Colhoff 3 Sr. G LeTourneau Katy, Texas
Robby Dooley So. G East Texas Baptist Bossier City, La.

 
Second Team

Name Cl. Pos. School Hometown
Caleb Banks 3 Sr. G UT Dallas Fort Worth, Texas
Caleb Loggins Jr. F LeTourneau Lewisville, Texas
Devon Washington So. F Louisiana College Houston, Texas
Landin Brown So. G East Texas Baptist Houston, Texas
Jordan Gosey Sr. F East Texas Baptist Manor, Texas

Three-Time East All-Division2
 
All-Freshman Team

Name Pos. School Hometown
Justin Moore G LeTourneau Houston, Texas
Westin Riddick F East Texas Baptist Benton, Ark.
Zach Bobo G Ozarks Jacksonville, Ark.
Kelden Pruitt F UT Dallas Heath, Texas
Lashard Powell G Louisiana College Atlanta, La.

 
All-Defensive Team

Name Cl. Pos. School Hometown
Caleb Loggins 2 Jr. F LeTourneau Lewisville, Texas
Reagan Keogh 3 Sr. F UT Dallas San Antonio, Texas
Josh Tatum 2 Sr. G UT Tyler Keller, Texas
Landin Brown So. G East Texas Baptist Houston, Texas
Skyler Hadden Sr. G UT Tyler Waco, Texas

Three-Time East All-Defensive Team/ Two-Time East All-Defensive Team2
 
Honorable Mention

Name Cl. Pos. School Hometown
Dylan Gray Sr. F Ozarks Siloam Springs, Ark.
Jon Hatcher Sr. G UT Dallas Keller, Texas
Reagan Keogh Sr. F UT Dallas San Antonio, Texas
Skyler Hadden Sr. G UT Tyler Waco, Texas
Johnell Lane So. G UT Tyler Gonzales, La.
Isiah Brown So. G Belhaven Pearl, Miss.
Lashard Powell Fr. G Louisiana College Atlanta, La.
Josh Tatum Sr. G UT Tyler Keller, Texas

 
West Division
Player of the Year – Caleb Thomasson, Sul Ross State
Freshman of the Year – Timothy Aguero, Howard Payne
Tri-Newcomer of the Year – LaKendric Hyson, Mary Hardin-Baylor
Tri-Newcomer of the Year – Tristen Licon, Sul Ross State
Tri-Newcomer of the Year – Keilyn Nance, Hardin-Simmons
Defensive Player of the Year – Caleb Thomasson, Sul Ross State
Co-Sportsmanship Athlete of the Year – Braden Hammond, Mary Hardin-Baylor
Co-Sportsmanship Athlete of the Year – Caleb Thomasson, Sul Ross State
Coach of the Year –Clif Carroll, Sul Ross State 3
Three-Time West Division Coach of the Year3
 
First Team

Name Cl. Pos. School Hometown
Caleb Thomasson 3 Sr. F Sul Ross State Ackerly, Texas
Khyce Randall 3 Sr. G Howard Payne Beaumont, Texas
Ephriam Price III 2 Jr. G Concordia Texas Lake Charles, La.
Brian Long Jr. F Mary Hardin-Baylor Killeen, Texas
Ben Page Sr. F Concordia Texas Cypress, Texas

 
Second Team

Name Cl. Pos. School Hometown
Caleb Spoon Sr. G Hardin-Simmons Breckenridge, Texas
Demarius Cress Jr. G Mary Hardin-Baylor Killeen, Texas
Joe Hoeup Jr. G Hardin-Simmons Santa Rosa, Calif.
LaRandall Scroggins Sr. F McMurry Carrollton, Texas
Tristen Licon Fr. G Sul Ross State El Paso, Texas

Three-Time West All-Division/ Two-Time West All-Division2
 
All-Freshman Team

Name Pos. School Hometown
Timothy Aguero G Howard Payne San Angelo, Texas
Maluw Deng F Concordia Texas Grand Prairie, Texas
Elijah Johnson G McMurry Abilene, Texas
Matthew Gregory F Concordia Texas El Paso, Texas

All-Defensive Team

Name Cl. Pos. School Hometown
Caleb Thomasson Sr. F Sul Ross State Ackerly, Texas
Ben Page 2 Sr. F Concordia Texas Cypress, Texas
LaKendric Hyson Jr. G Mary Hardin-Baylor Hearne, Texas
Keenan Holdman So. G Hardin-Simmons Tulsa, Okla.
C.J. Ross 2 Sr. G Sul Ross State Austin, Texas
Stephen Walker Jr. G Sul Ross State Houston, Texas

Two-Time West Division All-Defensive Team2
 
Honorable Mention

Name Cl. Pos. School Hometown
Aubrie King Sr. F Mary Hardin-Baylor Milano, Texas
Chris Barrett So. G Hardin-Simmons Arlington, Texas
Stephen Walker Jr. G Sul Ross State Houston, Texas
Shaq Martin Jr. F Mary Hardin-Baylor Killeen, Texas
C.J. Ross Sr. G Sul Ross State Austin, Texas
Joshua Samuels Sr. G Concordia Texas Cypress, Texas
Zacc Carter So. G McMurry Dallas, Texas
B.J. Hollis So. F Sul Ross State Brady, Texas