Brits in College: Hoopsfix Annual Awards -

Brits in College: Hoopsfix Annual Awards

The season is all but over for most of our Brits, with very few still standing in their post-season tournaments.

So it is at this time we bring you our annual awards.

Player of the Year

Ovie Soko | Duquesne | Senior | Forward

In his three seasons at UAB, Ovie Soko never averaged ten points or more per game. In fact his best individual season was his sophomore year where he averaged 9.1 points and 5.8 rebounds.

Then following his junior year his coach gets sacked and Soko transferred to Duquesne. After his redshirt year he takes the stage, averaging 18.4 points, 8 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game.

He attempted 289 free throws, sixth in the whole of NCAA division one, of which he made 195, making him top twenty overall in that category.

He led the Atlantic Ten, which placed a record six teams in the NCAA tournament, in scoring and was fifth in rebounding.

He was also named to the A10 All Third Team.

Freshman of the Year

Luke Nelson | UC Irvine | Guard | Freshman

UC Irvine won the most games in the Big West conference, making them the conference champions, but a loss to Cal Poly in the conference tournament meant they received a place in the NIT, where they lost the opener to SMU.

But that shouldn’t put a damper on the season Nelson had. He led his team in scoring and was honoured as the Conference Freshman of the Year.

Nelson averaged 11.8 points, 2.9 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game.

The All Hoopsfix Team

Will | Neighbour | UALR | Senior

Will Neighbour’s senior season was derailed after he dislocated his left shoulder in late February.

Prior to the injury his team was second the Sun Belt conference standings and he was in the running for conference player of the year, no doubt.

Neighbour finished the season seventh in the conference in scoring (16.3 ppg) and fifth in rebounding (7 rpg).

He was named to the ALL Conference Second Team.

Ovie Soko | Duquesne | Senior | Forward

The player of the year automatically gets a spot on the all Hoopsfix team. He graduated with a degree in communications back in December so he has that to fall back on if a professional career in basketball doesn’t prove as fruitful as he desires.

Luke Nelson | UC Irvine | Guard | Freshman

Nelson had an unbelievable season and no doubt he regrets how it ends but he gets to start all over again next season with a good team behind him. Not to mention that they are the regular season champions of Big West conference.

Ben Mockford | St Francis (NY) | Guard | Senior

The highlight of Ben Mockford’s season is probably when he made eight three pointers to score a career high 30 points in a game against his school’s main rival, LIU Brooklyn.

The senior guard averaged 12 points per game and his team didn’t qualify for any postseason tournament as they finished middle of the Northeast conference standings, but he will always have that game against LIU, a team that proved tricky to beat during his time at St Francis.

Will Saunders | Charleston Southern |Forward | Junior

Saunders averaged 10.1 points per game and made 40% of his three point attempts, making him one of the best shooters amongst our Brits.

Charleston Southern finished at the bottom of the Big South standings but the good news is that Saunders should be back for his senior year.

Honourable Mention

Gabe Olaseni, junior, Iowa.

Jesse Chuku, sophomore, Lehigh

Prince Ibeh, sophomore, Texas

Alex Young, sophomore, UC Irvine

Congratulations to all our award winners, and we look forward to seeing more Brits flying the flag in college!

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