Monday, March 11, 2019

Turner First Team All-MAC, Wiggins Second-Team

The MAC announced the all-conference teams, and I think it was a fair shake for everyone involved.  From the BG perspective, Justin Turner deserved to be a first-team player and he is.  Note that he's the only non-senior on the first team and there are no juniors.  

It's well deserved.  He's the second most efficient player in the MAC among players who use at least 24% of their team's possessions.  (Side note, you can rack up big efficiency numbers without making a big impact with a few shots.  Combining the measures allows you to make sure you are talking about impact players.  It basically means that he scores a lot without using a lot of possessions through missed shots or turnovers.)

Massinburg and Perkins have to be there.  I'd expect Massinburg to be POTY.  The only first-team guy I have quibbles with is Walker, who led the league in scoring but did it through jacking up a shload of shots.  He was the #42 shooter in the MAC.  To me, that's not a first-team player.  I would have elevated Thompson or German ahead of him.

Wiggins was on track through December to be first-team as well, but his conference play was just not as good.  He was third in rebounding and first in tempo-free rebounding, but only averaged 10.3 PPG in conference play.  He had a great year and certainly earned second-team honors, which he got for the second straight year.

I had hoped Caleb Fields would be all-FR, and I thought he had a better case than Edu, but that would be it.  He is a very solid player who I think will develop at BG and become a really good player.

All-MAC First Team
Justin Turner, G, Bowling Green, R-So.
C.J. Massinburg, G, Buffalo, Sr.
Nick Perkins, F, Buffalo, Sr.
Jaylin Walker, G, Kent State, Sr.
Jaelan Sanford, G, Toledo, Sr.
All-MAC Second Team
Demajeo Wiggins, F, Bowling Green, Sr.
Jeremy Harris, G, Buffalo, Sr.
Larry Austin Jr., G, Central Michigan, Sr.
James Thompson IV, F/C, Eastern Michigan, Sr.
Eugene German, G, Northern Illinois, Jr.
All-MAC Third Team
Tayler Persons, G, Ball State, R-Sr.
Shawn Roundtree Jr., G, Central Michigan, Sr.
Nike Sibande, G, Miami, So.
Jason Carter, F, Ohio, R-So.
Seth Dugan, C, Western Michigan, Sr.
All-MAC Honorable Mention
Daniel Utomi, F, Akron, Jr.
Paul Jackson, G, Eastern Michigan, R-Sr.
Elijah Minnie, F, Eastern Michigan, R-Sr.
Nate Navigato, F, Toledo, Sr.
Marreon Jackson, G, Toledo, So.
All-Freshman Team
Anthony Roberts, G, Kent State, Fr.
Mekhi Lairy, G, Miami, Fr.
Ben Vander Plas, F, Ohio, Fr.
Jason Preston, G, Ohio, Fr.
AJ Edu, F, Toledo, Fr.
All-Defensive Team
Dontay Caruthers, G, Buffalo, Sr.
Davonta Jordan, G, Buffalo, Jr.
Larry Austin Jr., G, Central Michigan, Sr.
James Thompson IV, F/C, Eastern Michigan, Sr.
Darrian Ringo, G, Miami, Sr.

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