Three members of the Mount Vernon Nazarene College men's basketball team were recently honored when the American Mideast Conference awards were announced.
Kenny Chaffin, a 6-foot-6 junior forward from Marysville, Ohio, earned AMC First Team honors as the top forward. The former All-Ohioan at Marysville High School leads the Cougars in scoring (22.0 points per game), rebounding (7.2 boards per game), blocked shots (52), and steals (44). He is shooting 55.8 percent from the field (265-of-475), 43.3 percent from the three-point arc (39-of-90), and 75.7 percent from the free throw line (112-of-148).
Chaffin is among the conference leaders in numerous categories including second in scoring and blocked shots, third in field goal percentage, seventh in rebounding, and 12th in free throw percentage.
Matt Keller, a 6-foot senior point guard from Oak Harbor, Ohio, was an AMC Honorable Mention selection. The former star at Oak Harbor High School leads MVNC with 176 assists and an 89 percent free throw shooting accuracy (73-of-82). He has recorded 35 steals and 77 rebounds, and he is shooting 42 percent from the field (68-of-162) and 31.7 percent from three-point land (20-of-63).
Keller leads the conference in assist-to-turnover ratio for the second straight year, and he ranks second in assists per game (5.7).
Phil Argento, a 6-foot-2 sophomore guard from Grafton, Ohio, joined Keller on the AMC Honorable Mention list. The former All-Ohioan at Lutheran West High School leads the Cougars with 99 three-pointers. He is averaging 15.9 points and 3.5 rebounds per game, and he has recorded 76 assists and 38 steals. He is also shooting 45.5 percent from the field (175-of-385), 40.9 percent on three-point attempts (99-of-242), and 68.3 percent at the charity stripe (43-of-63).
Argento ranks among the AMC leaders in numerous categories including third in three-pointers made per game (3.19), seventh in three-point accuracy, 11th in scoring, and 12th in field goal percentage.
MVNC is currently 18-13 overall on the season. The Cougars will return to action on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. when the team will travel to top-seeded University of Rio Grande for an AMC Tournament semifinal contest. MVNC is the fifth seed in the tournament and advanced with an 81-64 upset win at fourth-seeded Geneva (Pa.) College on Thursday night.