All-Conference Teams

Alright, we’re back. We know there’s plenty to discuss, but first and foremost:

Our GNAC Men’s Basketblog All-Conference teams. This year pretty much any guy that hit above our minimum for nomination got nominated because in there were tons of at-large spots available. The guys named below are truly a cut above:

1st Team:

Travante Williams -Alaska-Fairbanks; Sr.
Suki Wiggs -Alaska-Anchorage; Jr.
Bryce Leavitt -Seattle Pacific; Sr.
Andy Avgi -Western Oregon; Sr.

Yes. Only four guys are being named to our first team. We heavily debated whether or not to include Brian McGill, but ultimately came to the conclusion that these are collegiate athletics. He didn’t pay close enough attention to his schooling, missed half a season because of it, and it is what it is.

2nd Team:

Corey Hammell -Alaska-Anchorage; Jr.
Mitch Penner -Seattle Pacific; Sr.
Julian Nichols -Western Oregon; Sr.
Devon Alexander -Western Oregon; Sr.

Again: We only went with four. Because those four are so far above the rest of the guys that occasionally got nominated for POW. We have all of the numbers right in front of us and we couldn’t justify it; there just wasn’t enough separation outside of the eight you see above. There are guys from each team we love and believe in, but no one more so than those eight. We’re happy to be keeping Suki and Corey -UAA is going to be scaaaary- and while sad, feel blessed having gotten to watch the noted six amazing seniors so closely this season.

Honorable Mentions:

Bangaly Kaba, Almir Hadzisehovic, Spencer Svejcar, Brian McGill, Diante Mitchell, Michael Harper, Kyle Impero, Trey Drechsel, Ricardo Maxwell, Fred Jorg, Joe Stroud, Gary Jacobs, Mike Wright, Bouna N’Diaye, Drew Martin, Riley Hawken, and Tanner Omlid.

All-Conference Underclassmen:

Sjur Berg -Alaska-Anchorage Fr.
JJ Pankratz -Simon Fraser, RS Soph.
Trey Drechsel -Western Washington, RS Fr.
Riley Hawken -CU-Portland, Fr.
Tanner Omlid -Western Oregon, RS Soph.

There are honestly plenty of other underclassmen that we’re excited to keep watching, but those five had particularly good seasons this year and so we think you should keep an eye on them too.


Tomorrow at 10am we’ll look at Western Oregon’s incredible Final Four run.

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One comment

  1. Anonymous

    Just a little feedback on the Brian McGill thing. He had a 3.7 GPA the term before he was ineligible and has a 3.2 cumulative. The issue was not that he didn’t have enough credits. It’s that he was pursuing a minor in addition to his major, which does not count as credit “towards your degree” in the eyes of the NCAA. He was advised to do so by his academic advisor who thought the minor would strengthen his degree and who was ignorant to the rule, and the compliance office did not catch it until it was far too late to fix the situation before the season. The university did not make the details public “for his protection” but it was obvious they were trying to cover up any responsibility the public felt they may have in the issue. Not saying he is not responsible as it was his responsibility to know the rule that pursuing extra education in the form of a minor wouldn’t count, but you make it seem as if he was barely enrolled in class and not taking education seriously, which is almost the opposite from what really happened. No doubt he would have made a stronger case for himself if he was not such a stand up and team first guy and so loyal to his coaches, teammates and school.

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