NewsFour Cougars Recognized with AMC South Division Awards
written by Dave Parsons, Sports Information Director
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio - Four members of the Mount Vernon Nazarene University menís basketball team were honored for their performances this season when the American Mideast Conference South Division awards were announced recently.
Headlining the list for the Cougars was sophomore center Mark Hess, who was named to the 10-player AMC South Division First Team as the only sophomore and the fourth highest votegetter overall. Hess, who is a native of Ashland, Ohio, leads MVNU in scoring (17.5 points per game) and rebounding (7.8 rebounds per game). The former Ashland High School standout is shooting 55.0 percent from the field (225-for-409) and 68.2 percent from the free throw line (90-for-132). He has also recorded 58 assists, 16 blocked shots, and 26 steals.
Andrew Thompson, a junior guard from Mount Vernon, Ohio, was named to the AMC South Division Second Team. The former Mount Vernon High School star is averaging a career-high 14.5 points per game this season and leads the Cougars with 89 three-pointers made. Thompson is shooting 42.5 percent from the field (154-for-362), 38.5 percent from three-point range (89-for-231), and 73.0 percent at the free throw line (54-for-74). He has also compiled 66 assists and 15 steals.
Alan Bock, a junior point guard from Tallmadge, Ohio, was also an AMC South Division Second Team selection. The former Tallmadge High School standout is among the nationís leaders in assists per game (6.8) and steals per game (2.8), and he averages 7.1 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. Bock is just three steals shy of the schoolís single-season record of 84 that was set in 1983-1984 by Jerry Hawes.
Ryan Seesholtz, a sophomore wing from Georgetown, Ohio, was an AMC South Division Honorable Mention pick. The former Georgetown High School star is averaging 11.5 points per game and is second on the team in rebounding (7.4 per game). He has also compiled 49 assists, 39 steals, and six blocked shots. Seesholtz is shooting 46.9 percent from the field (119-for-254) and 74.0 percent from the free throw line (57-for-77).
MVNU is currently 21-10 overall and is awaiting word on who the teamís opponent in the NCCAA East Region Tournament will be. The winner of the NCCAA East Region Tournament receives an automatic berth in the NCCAA National Tournament in Frankfort, Kentucky, on March 17-19.