from ASN-affiliated men’s basketball teams this season:
ALL-ASN TEAM CAPTAIN
DERRICK COLTER | Duquesne
The 5-11 senior (above) is an inspirational leader both on and off the court. He battled cancer with grace and perseverance, enduring 20 consecutive weekday radiation treatments at Shadyside Hospital in Pittsburgh during the summer of 2014. “It’s like, anything is possible,” Colter told ASN in January. “If you can beat that, you can beat anything, even a little game. You can do anything.” He went on to finish his career by averaging 17.9 points and 4.6 assists per game this season while leading Duquesne (17-17) to the CBI quarterfinals in the Dukes’ first postseason appearance since 2011.
THOMAS WALKUP | Stephen F. Austin
Walkup is a two-time Southland Conference MVP and the only three time Southland Conference Tournament MVP. He led the Lumberjacks to the round of 32 of the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three years. The 6-4 senior averaged 18.1 points, 6.9 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game while shooting 59% from the field and 82% from the line leading SFA to a 28-6 overall record and 18-0 conference record. Walkup torched West Virginia and Notre Dame in the NCAA Tournament, averaging 27.0 PPG as the ’Jacks beat the Mountaineers, 70-56, before losing to the Irish at the buzzer, 76-75.
DEANDRE’ BEMBRY | Saint Joseph’s
Bembry dominated the tough Atlantic 10 averaging 17.4 points, 7.8 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game as the A10 Player of the Year. He led Saintt Joseph’s to conference tournament championship and NCAA Tournament first-round win against Cincinnati posting 23 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks. In five postseason games he averaged 19.8 PPG, 7.2 RPG and 4.6 APG.
EVAN BRADDS | Belmont
Bradds, the Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year, led the nation in field-goal percentage (.720) after pacing the country in that category a year ago. In fact, through 99 career games, his field-goal percentage (.692, 505 of 730) ranks first in NCAA Division I men's basketball since the category was first tracked in 1948. This season Bradds led Belmont to another OVC regular-season title. The 6-7 junior averaged 17.6 points and 9.2 rebounds per game, and he was named a CoSIDA Academic All-American with a 3.53 GPA in finance.
NIC MOORE | SMU
In helping SMU to a 25-5 record the 5-9 senior averaged 16.1 points per game, 5.2 assists per game and 1.3 steals per game and was named American Athletic Conference MVP for the second consecutive year. Moore is the first SMU player to win back-to-back Player of the Year awards since 1971. Moore was known for his late-game heroics throughout his career. He led the Mustangs to a No. 24 ranking in the final regular-season AP Top 25 Poll.
ALEC PETERS | Valparaiso
Capping off a brilliant junior season, Alec averaged 26.6 points per game and 9.7 rebounds per game in the seven games leading up to the NIT championship game. His season averages of 18.5 PPG and 8.4 RPG earned him a spot on the All-ASN Team. He led the Crusaders to school records in wins (29), home wins (17) and postseason wins in the NIT while posting 13 double-doubles and shooting 51% on field goals, 45% on 3-pointers and 85% on free throws. Peters, who is reminiscent 2014 consensus National Player of the Year Doug McDermott, will be on everyone’s preseason All-American radar next season.
PASCAL SIAKAM | New Mexico State
The 6-9 sophomore forward averaged 20.2 points, 11.6 rebounds per game (No. 6 NCAA) and 2.2 blocks per game. He also knocked down 54% of his field-goal attempts in leading the Aggies (23-11 overall, 13-1 conference) to the WAC regular-season championship. In posting 27 double-doubles, tied for first in the NCAA, Pascal was named the WAC Most Valuable Player. He was also selected to the WAC All-Defensive Team and All-District Team.
ALL-ASN COACH OF THE YEAR
BRAD UNDERWOOD | Stephen F. Austin
The new head coach at Oklahoma State led the Lumberjacks to their third consecutive Southland Conference Tournament championship and NCAA Tournament appearance. Underwood complied an 89-14 overall record (53-1 conference), including a 28-6 overall and 18-0 conference ledger this season. In the NCAA Tournament, Underwood guided his 14th-seeded ’Jacks to a win over No. 3 seed West Virginia, 70-56, before losing to Notre Dame, 76-75.
- Kermit Davis, Middle Tennessee
- Bryce Drew, Valparaiso
- Dana Ford, Tennessee State
- James Jones, Yale
- Dave Loos, Austin Peay
Photo credits: Derrick Colter courtesy Clyde Click; Thomas Walkup courtesy Hardy Meredith/SFA Athletics; DeAndre’ Bembry courtesy Sideline Photos; Evan Bradds courtesy Belmont Athletics; Nic Moore courtesy Vladimir Cherry; Alec Peters courtesy Valparaiso Athletics; Pascal Siakam courtesy New Mexico State Athletics; Brad Underwood courtesy SFA Athletics.