Former Titan - Zach Kirschbaum Named Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year
CHICAGO --- A Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference men's basketball season filled with parity extended to the postseason awards, as well, when the league office announced its 2016-17 honor roll following the CCAC Tournament championship game Monday night.
Fourteen of the conference's 15 members gained at least one spot on the 20-member all-league team with regular-season co-champion and tournament winner Robert Morris University Illinois edging out the rest of the field with three selections. The Eagles were also the only team to have two players make the five-member first team with their third recipient being an honorable mention pick.
Trinity International University, the league's other regular-season co-champion, was the only program to have one player named to both the first and second teams. Olivet Nazarene University, Saint Xavier University and Purdue University Northwest also had a pair of all-conference selections with the former two having a first-team and honorable mention choice and the latter having a second-team and honorable mention pick.
The 20-member squad was broken down into a five-member first team, a five-member second team and a 10-member third team.
CCAC Player of the Year honors went to Trinity International senior Zach Kirschbaum (Las Vegas, Nev.), who was also the only repeat selection on the first team. The 6-10 forward led the league in both rebounding (11.2 boards per game) and blocked shots per contest (2.6) in 20 conference contests. He also was seventh in the league in scoring, averaging 18.4 points per game.
Kirschbaum was a two-time conference Player of the Week pick, as well.
The other top individual award went to Olivet Nazarene's Nic Reed (New Albany, Ind.). A NAIA National Player of the Week on one occasion and a three-time league Player of the Week, Reed was recognized as the CCAC Freshman of the Year after leading the league in scoring, averaging 23.7 points per conference affair. The 6-5 forward also ranked sixth-best in rebounding (8.7 rpg) and was third in free throw shooting (.861).
As for top coaching honors, Robert Morris' Al Bruehl and Trinity International's Boomer Roberts were named CCAC Co-Coaches of the Year after leading their teams to a share of the regular-season conference crown, 18-2 league marks and NAIA Top 15 national rankings. Robert Morris currently sits at No. 7 in the nation with Trinity International at No. 11.
The final honor went to University of St. Francis, which was recognized as the CCAC Champions of Character Team.
For the complete list of award winners, go to Awards.