NewsThree Cougars Named to Academic All-District Teams
written by Dave Parsons, Sports Information Director
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio - For the second straight year, three members of the Mount Vernon Nazarene University men’s basketball team have been selected to the ESPN The Magazine® Academic All-District IV College Division First or Second Teams as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). No other school had more than one player selected, and no other NAIA players made the list.
For the first time in school history, MVNU landed two players on the five-person All-District IV First Team as junior point guard Alan Bock and sophomore center Mark Hess were each selected along with seniors Matt Schlingman from the College of Wooster, Scott Jamison from Lake Superior State (Mich.) University, and Jonathan Martin from Carson-Newman (Tenn.) College.
Bock, a native of Tallmadge, Ohio, is averaging 7.0 points and 4.1 rebounds per game and ranks third in NAIA Division II in assists per game (6.9) and eleventh in steals per game (2.8). A member of the All-District IV Second Team in 2004, Bock is a Biology (Pre-Medicine) major with a 3.993 grade point average.
Hess, a native of Ashland, Ohio, leads the Cougars in scoring (17.1 points per game) and rebounding (7.5 rebounds per game) to go with 56 assists, 25 steals, and 13 blocked shots. Hess is an Integrated Math Education major with a 3.753 grade point average.
Andrew Thompson, a junior guard from Mount Vernon, Ohio, rounded out the MVNU honorees as he was selected to the five-person All-District IV Second Team. Thompson, who is an Integrated Social Studies major with a 3.748 grade point average, is averaging 14.8 points per game and leads the Cougars with 85 three-pointers.
"Our school can be very proud to be the only institution with three individuals on this prestigious team,” said MVNU head coach Scott Flemming. "This is two years in a row we have had three of our players honored. This is a reflection of the outstanding young men we have in this program.”
The Academic All-District IV College Division Teams are selected by CoSIDA members. Eligible student-athletes are nominated by their school’s sports information director and must have at least a 3.20 grade point average and be at least in their sophomore year. The District IV College Division consists of NCAA Division II and III and NAIA schools in Alabama, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee.
MVNU is currently 20-9 overall and in third place in the American Mideast Conference South Division with a 10-7 mark. The Cougars will close out the regular season with a 4:00 p.m. game at Urbana University on Saturday. A win over the Blue Knights or a loss by Shawnee State University, who plays Walsh University, will give MVNU a home game in the first round of the AMC Tournament on Tuesday, February 22.