Evin Graham and Ronnell Ross Earn ICAA Postseason Honors

Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for External Operations

Evin Graham (Pictured, Left) and Ronnell Ross (Pictured, Right) Were Each Named to the All-ICAA Teams. Photos Courtesy of: Neil Hayes.Evin Graham (Pictured, Left) and Ronnell Ross (Pictured, Right) Were Each Named to the All-ICAA Teams. Photos Courtesy of: Neil Hayes.

TIFFIN, Ohio- The Independent Collegiate Athletic Association (ICAA) announced on Tuesday the naming of three All-ICAA teams for men’s basketball with juniors Evin Graham and Ronnell Ross each named to the honorary listing. Both in their first seasons with the Sailfish, Graham was named to the All-ICAA first-team while Ross takes home All-ICAA third-team honors.

All seven schools were represented on the All-ICAA men’s basketball team.  The ICAA members for men’s basketball are Bluefield State University, Palm Beach Atlantic, Oakland City University, University of South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Spring Hill College, Union University and Washington Adventist University.  The team was picked by ICAA Coordinator Mike Bond.

A transfer from Jacksonville University coming into this season, Graham proved to be the team’s best all-around player for much of the season as he ended up leading the team in scoring, assists, steals and minutes played per game. He also finished second on the team in rebounding narrowly trailing Ross in that department.

A native of Fort Myers, Fla. Graham stepped into the PBA starting lineup and finished his first campaign with the ‘Fish by posting a team-best 12.8 points per game, 6.3 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.0 steals per game.

Ross seemed to gain steams as the season went along and eventually pushed his season average to 8.5 points and a team-high 6.8 rebounds per contest. The Harlem, N.Y. product also added in 1.1 steals per game while leading the squad with 2.5 offensive rebounds per contest.

After a relatively slow start to the season from a statistical standpoint Ross began to turn it on down the stretch. Over the course of his final six games Ross scored in double-figures each time and averaged 17.5 points per game over that span while posting double-digit rebounds twice in that span as well.
Coach of the Year was Patrick Carey of Washington Adventist.  He led the Shock to a 19-8 record and a second place finish in the ICAA after going 9-19 last year.  Carey is 52-59 in four years at WAU.

Player of the Year was Ryan Helfert of Oakland City.  He averaged 16.24 points, 7.57 rebounds, 4.52 assists and 2.33 steals per game while shooting 51.3% from the floor.

Freshman of the Year was shared by Ashanti Day of Union and Matt Lucas of Oakland City.  Day averaged 11.15 points and 7.77 rebounds a game.  Lucas averaged 10.81 points and 2.62 assists a game while hitting 40 triples and shooting 42.1% from behind the arc and 78.7% from the line.

2013-14 ICAA MEN’S BASKETBALL AWARDS
Coach of the Year – Patrick Carey – Washington Adventist
Player of the Year – Ryan Helfert – Oakland City
Co-Freshmen of the Year – Ashanti Day – Union & Matt Lucas - Oakland City


2013-14 ALL-ICAA MEN’S BASKETBALL


FIRST TEAM
 Treon Claiborne G Bluefield State Sr. Prince George, Virginia
 Shakir Dunning G Bluefield State So. Columbus, Ohio
 Evin Graham G Palm Beach Atlantic Jr. Fort Myers, Florida
 Ryan Helfert F Oakland City Jr. Boonville, Indiana
 Corieon Pearson G Union Jr. Memphis, Tennessee
 # - ICAA Second Team – 2012-13

SECOND TEAM
 Michael Dietz F South Dakota Mines Sr. Casper, Wyoming
 Jawaun Lockhart G Washington Adventist Sr. Temple Hills, Maryland
 Brandon Morton F Oakland City Jr. Boonville, Indiana
 A.J. Roberts G Union Sr. Fresno, California
 Kendall Wittmer G Oakland City Sr. Odon, Indiana

THIRD TEAM
 Anthony Berry F Washington Adventist Sr. Detroit, Michigan
 Ashanti Day G Union Fr. Snellville, Georgia
 Frederick Gatson G/F Spring Hill Jr. Riverdale, Georgia
 Matt Lucas G Oakland City Fr. Seymour, Indiana
 Ronnell Ross F Palm Beach Atlantic Jr. Harlem, New York

ALL-FRESHMAN
 Charles Allen G Washington Adventist Fr. Washington, D.C.
 Dominique Carter G Bluefield State Fr. Columbus, Ohio
 Erron Collins G South Dakota Mines Fr. Mandan, North Dakota
 Ashanti Day G Union Fr. Snellville, Georgia
 Matt Lucas G Oakland City Fr. Seymour, Indiana
 Lucas Nolan G South Dakota Mines Fr. Casper, Wyoming

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