Rose-Hulman’s Julian Strickland Headlines All-HCAC Basketball Selections

Rose-Hulman’s Julian Strickland Headlines All-HCAC Basketball Selections

GREENWOOD, IN – Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology's Julian Strickland (Indianapolis, Ind./Pike) has been named the 2012-2013 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Most Valuable Player and headlines the 12-member All-HCAC 1st and 2nd teams. The junior guard led the Engineers to their first HCAC men's basketball title and second straight HCAC tournament crown.  Rose-Hulman holds a 24-3 overall record heading into NCAA tournament play Saturday evening.            

Strickland ranked sixth among the conference leaders in scoring (14.8 ppg), third in three-point field goal percentage (41.7%), and sixth in free throw percentage (80.3%), while adding 3.7 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game during conference play this season.  Overall for the season, Strickland averaged 14.5 points per game, 4.4 rebounds per contest, shot 46.5% from the field, and anchored the nation's top scoring defense (51.0 ppg). 

Rose-Hulman compiled a 16-2 conference mark, claiming the regular season title by a two game margin.  RHIT will tangle with Calvin in the first round of the NCAA tournament at Hulbert Arena in Terre Haute Saturday night.

College of Mount St. Joseph's Joel Scudder (Greendale, Ind./South Dearborn) has also received special recognition by the conference.  The freshman guard has been named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year.  Scudder led the Lions in scoring during conference play, averaging 14.1 points per game.  He finished fifth in the HCAC in free throw percentage (81.1%) and ranked among the conference leaders in three-point field goal percentage (38.9%) during league play.

Rose-Hulman head coach Jim Shaw has been named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year for the first time.  Shaw led the Engineers to their first HCAC men's basketball title and a second consecutive HCAC tournament title.  Rose has compiled a 24-3 overall record this season and will host Calvin in the first round of the NCAA tournament at Hulbert Arena in Terre Haute Saturday evening.

Strickland is one of 12 players named to the All-HCAC first or second team. There are nine seniors, two juniors, and one sophomore on the team this season. The seven-member Honorable Mention All-HCAC team and All-Sportsmanship team has also been named.  A complete list of the recipients of conference awards follow:

 

HCAC Awards:


Player of the Year:  Julian Strickland, Rose-Hulman, Jr., G

Freshman of the Year:  Joel Scudder, College of Mount St. Joseph, G

Coach of the Year:  Jim Shaw, Rose-Hulman

 

1st Team All-HCAC:

Phil Hogan, Anderson, Sr., G

Logan Wolfrum, Defiance, Sr., G

Austin Weatherford, Rose-Hulman, Sr., G

Julian Strickland, Rose-Hulman, Jr., G

Brandon Rash, Transylvania, Sr., F

Ethan Spurlin, Transylvania, Sr., F

 

2nd Team All-HCAC:

Gunner Erwin, Franklin, Sr., F

Bailey Howard, Franklin, Jr., G

Tim Bass, Hanover, So., G

Ryan Nowicki, Hanover, Sr., G

Brian Gunter, Hanover, Sr., F

Barrett Meyer, Transylvania, Sr., G

 

Honorable Mention All-HCAC:

Will Pope, Bluffton, Jr., C

Ryan Hicks, Defiance, Jr., F

Drake Hendricks, Hanover, Sr., G

David Mann, Mount St. Joseph, Jr., F

Joel Scudder, Mount St. Joseph, Fr., G

Jon Gerken, Rose-Hulman, Sr., F

Nate Gissentanner, Rose-Hulman, Sr., F

 

All-Sportsmanship Team:

Phil Hogan, Anderson, Sr., G

Matt Gerdeman, Bluffton, Sr., F

Travis Schomaeker, Defiance, So., G

Joe Adams, Earlham, So., F

Patrick Ellis, Franklin, So., G

Kyle James, Hanover, So., G

David House, Manchester, Sr., F

Ken Kunkel, Mount St. Joseph, So., F

Jon Gerken, Rose-Hulman, Sr., F

Nick Fudge, Transylvania, Sr., G