ELMHURT, Ill.--Senior forward Caleb Green (Tulsa, Okla.) has been named Mid-Continent Conference Player of the Year for a conference-record third consecutive season, becoming just the 15th player in NCAA history to win three conference player of the year awards (see list below).
Senior guard Ken Tutt (Garland, Texas) joined Green as a first-team all-conference selection, and sophomore forward Marchello Vealy (Oklahoma City, Okla.) was tabbed Sixth Man of the Year, while junior center Shawn King (Bequia, St. Vincent) was named to the All-Newcomer team in voting by league coaches, SID?€™s and media members the conference office announced on Thursday.
The NCAA?€™s active career scoring leader with 2,412 points, Green also won Mid-Con Player of the Year in 2005 and 2006. Green currently leads the conference in both scoring (20.2) and rebounding (9.5), while ranking in the league?€™s top 10 in field-goal percentage (9th-.503) and steals (4th-1.47/gm). The Mid-Con?€™s all-time leading rebounder, Green is the only player in league history with over 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. He enters Mid-Con Tournament play 77 points shy of becoming the league?€™s career leading scorer.
Tutt is a first-team honoree for the third time in his career after averaging 16.2 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. Tutt ranks fourth in Mid-Con history -- and third at ORU -- with 311 career 3-pointers, and with 1,953 points enters the Mid-Con Tournament 47 points shy of becoming the 9th player in conference history to reach 2,000 points. If he does, he and Green will become just the seventh duo in NCAA history to reach 2,000 points together. Tutt ranks among league leaders in scoring (3rd), steals (10th-1.1/gm), 3-point field goal-percentage (10th), and 3-pointers per game (3rd).
Joining Green and Tutt on the all-conference first team are: Southern Utah?€™s Steve Barnes; UMKC?€™s Quinton Day; Oakland?€™s Vova Severovas; and Centenary?€™s Alexander Starr.
Vealy captures ORU?€™s first Sixth Man of the Year award by excelling off the bench. In 28 games (one start), Vealy averages 8.1 points and 5.9 rebounds per game, while shooting 37.5 percent from 3-point range and 48.3 percent overall. He ranks among league leaders in rebounding (4th) and blocked shots (5th).
King was named to the league?€™s all-newcomer team after leading the conference with 65 blocked shots and averaging 8.8 points and 6.0 rebounds in conference play. For the season, King is shooting 63.6 percent from the field.
Oakland?€™s Greg Kampe was named Mid-Con Coach of the Year, while Southern Utah?€™s Justin Allen was named Defensive Player of the Year. IUPUI?€™s Austin Montgomery was tabbed Newcomer of the Year.
Three-time Conference Player of
the Year Winners
Taylor Coppenrath, Vermont, 2003, 2004, 2005
Tony Dunkin, Coastal Carolina, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993*
George Evans, George Mason, 1999, 2000, 2001
Caleb Green, Oral Roberts, 2005, 2006, 2007
Clem Haskins, Western Kentucky, 1965, 1966, 1967
Willie Jackson, Centenary (A-Sun), 1982, 1983, 1984
Larry Krystkowiak, Montana, 1984, 1985, 1986
Reggie Lewis, Northeastern, 1985, 1986, 1987
Pete Maravich, LSU, 1968, 1969, 1970
Chris Mullin, St. John?€™s, 1983, 1984, 1985
Ralph Sampson, Virginia, 1981, 1982, 1983
David Thompson, NC State, 1973, 1974, 1975
Gary Trent, Ohio, 1993, 1994, 1995
Keith Van Horn, Utah, 1995, 1996, 1997
David West, Xavier, 2001, 2002, 2003
*Only player in NCAA history to be named Conference Player of
the Year all four years