Southwest Baptist, the regular season men’s basketball champions of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association, picked up a pair of first-team selections on the All-MIAA team as selected by the conference’s coaches.
Junior C Matthew Rogers was only unanimous selection to the first team, the unanimous choice as league Most Valuable Player, winner of the Defensive Player of the Year for the second time in as many seasons and was a unanimous selection to the All-Defensive Team — his third appearance on that squad.
Rogers leads the MIAA in scoring entering the Bearcats’ MIAA Championship Tournament opener against Missouri Western Thursday (March 5) with an 18.9 points per game average. He leads NCAA Division II in blocked shots with 4.11 per game, and just barely missed leading the MIAA in rebounding through the end of the regular season (8.67 rpg).
Rogers was joined on the top squad by a teammate, senior G D’Ante Harris. He averages 15.6 points (8th in the MIAA) per game, making 48.4 percent of his field goal tries (fifth in the MIAA) and 75.8 percent from the free throw line (sixth in the MIAA). His 2.78 three-point goals per game is second-best in the conference.
Rounding out the first team are senior F Hunter Henry of Northwest Missouri State, senior G Michael Jenkins of Nebraska-Omaha and junior F Sanijay Watts of Central Missouri.