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March 4, 2010

Taylor tabbed SAC top defensive player

BETHANY — Rogers State junior Deveric Taylor was named the Sooner Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year in a vote of league coaches.

The Dallas native shared the award with Deonta Black of Southern Nazarene and A.J. Hawkins of Oklahoma Baptist.

Taylor also earned second-team all-conference honors for the second straight season. He averaged 12.7 points per game and poured in 59 3-point baskets while leading the Hillcats to a fifth place finish in the SAC.

Seniors Sylvester Spicer and Lance Sullivan picked up honorable mention all-conference accolades and junior Matt Kellogg earned academic all-conference recognition.

While there were several ties for many of the awards in the SAC, Oklahoma Baptist University’s Nate Brumfield stands alone as Sooner Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Year for 2009-10.

Brumfield, a senior forward from Rochester, N.Y., leads the SAC in scoring at 22.8 points per game and steals at 2.1 per game. The seven-time SAC Player of the Week also is the first Bison to lead his team in scoring, rebounding, steals and assists all in the same season.

Brumfield is third in the SAC in rebounding at 8.5 per game and fifth in assists at 4.1. He also leads the NAIA in field goal percentage at .690 and is second nationally in scoring average.

But while Brumfield held that honor by himself, only Freshman of the Year Fayzon Richey and Sportsmanship Award winner Jason Taylor didn’t have to share their spotlight.

OBU coach Doug Tolin and Southern Nazarene head coach Adam Bohac battled for to the top spot all season long and share Coach of the Year honors. Both led their teams to top 10 seasons.

OBU’s A.J. Hawkins and Southern Nazarene’s Xavier Alexander are Co-Newcomers fo the Years. Hawkins, a senior transfer from Wichita State, averaged 17 points, while Alexander, a transfer from George Washington, averaged 17.4 points.

Richey, a 6-foot-3 guard out of El Reno High School, played for St. Gregory’s and averaged a team-leading 17.6 points per game.

Taylor, a senior from Oklahoma Christian is the Sportsmanship Award winner.

Brumfield, Alexander, Jason Taylor and A.J. Hawkins were joined on the first-team by Oklahoma City’s Chris Brown and John Brown’s Devaughn Jackson.

The second team consists of Taylor, A.J. Thomas of Southern Nazarene, Brandon Dixon or Northwestern Oklahoma State, Kenny Hewitt of Lubbock Christian, Brandon Williams of Mid-America Christian and Jeff Crocker of Oklahoma Christian.

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