BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. – UVa-Wise men's basketball redshirt junior forward Taiwo Badmus has been named to the All-Mountain East Conference Second Team after an impressive regular season in his first year as a Cavalier. Voted upon by the league's head coaches, the All-MEC teams and annual individual accolades were announced by the conference office Tuesday afternoon.
Badmus, a native of London, England, averaged a team-best 21.6 points and 10 rebounds per game this season, ranking second in the MEC in scoring and fourth in rebounding. His rebound average 20th-best in all of NCAA Division II. He scored in double figures a total of 26 times in 28 game starts and recorded 13 double-doubles, 19th-most of any Division II player. The 6-foot-7 forward shot 53.2 percent from the field, good enough for the seventh-best shooting percentage in the conference, and averaged the fourth-most steals per game in the MEC at 1.7.
Playing 32.9 minutes per contest, Badmus has scored a total of 604 points and grabbed 281 total rebounds this year, ranking in the top 25 nationally in both of those categories. The Fairmont State University transfer knocked down 153 free throws in 202 total attempts (75.7 percent) to lead the MEC and rank 16th in the nation in made foul shots. Badmus shot 39.5 percent from beyond the arc this season and connected on 47 3-pointers, tying for the second-most made treys of any Cav.
Badmus scored 20 points or more 18 different times this year and had three games with over 30 points. The redshirt junior earned MEC Player of the Week honors twice this season and claimed the weekly plaudit on Jan. 23 after scoring a career-high 42 points on a career-high 14 made field goals in a 98-70 road win at Concord University on Jan. 19. His 42 points tied for the third-most points scored in a single game in the MEC this season.
Fairmont State forward Matt Bingaya was selected as the MEC Player of the Year, while West Virginia Wesleyan forward Luke Layhew was tabbed as the league's Freshman of the Year. Fairmont State fifth-year head coach Jerrod Calhoun rounded out the conference's individual awards by earning MEC Coach of the Year honors.
The Cavs have earned the No. 10 seed in the 2017 MEC Men's Basketball Tournament and take on seventh-seeded Glenville State College in the first round Wednesday at 6 p.m. inside the Charleston Civic Center in Charleston, West Virginia. Tickets for Wednesday's MEC Tournament first round game can be purchased here. Fans can listen to live play-by-play of Wednesday evening's game on WDIC 92.1 FM The Wolf or online via wdicradio.com.
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|2017 All-MEC First Team|
|Matt Bingaya||Fairmont State||Sr.||F||6-4||Delaware, Ohio|
|A.J. Carr||Shepherd||Jr.||F||6-6||Fairfax, Va.|
|Devin Hoehn||West Liberty||Sr.||G||6-2||Parkersburg, W.Va.|
|Dan Monteroso||West Liberty||Jr.||G||6-3||St. Clairsville, Ohio|
|Brett Morris||Glenville State||Sr.||F||6-5||Cowen, W.Va.|
|Pat Moseh||Wheeling Jesuit||Jr.||G||6-6||Springfield, Va.|
|Will Vorhees||Notre Dame||Jr.||F||6-8||Columbus Grove, Ohio|
|Thomas Wimbush||Fairmont State||Sr.||F/G||6-7||Lorain, Ohio|
|2017 All-MEC Second Team|
|Taiwo Badmus||UVa-Wise||Jr.||F||6-7||London, England|
|Mo Berchie||W.Va. Wesleyan||Sr.||G||6-1||Leesburg, Va.|
|Elliott Cole||Charleston||Sr.||G||5-11||Chicago, Ill.|
|Justin Coleman||Charleston||Sr.||F||6-8||Nashville, Tenn.|
|David Dennis||West Liberty||So.||G||6-1||Canal Winchester, Ohio|
|Haywood Highsmith||Wheeling Jesuit||Jr.||F||6-6||Baltimore, Md.|
|Aaron Miller||Concord||Sr.||G||6-1||Stephens City, Va.|
|Kyauta Taylor||Notre Dame||Jr.||G||6-2||Cleveland, Ohio|
|2017 All-MEC Honorable Mention|
|Steffen Davis||Shepherd||Jr.||G||6-0||New Market, Md.|
|Jahmere Howze||Urbana||So.||F||6-6||Warrensville Hts., Ohio|
|Naim Muhammad||Shepherd||Sr.||G||6-4||Waldorf, Md.|
|Shammgod Wells||Fairmont State||Sr.||G||5-9||Harlem, N.Y.|
|Player of the Year: Matt Bingaya (Fairmont State)
Freshman of the Year: Luke Layhew (West Virginia Wesleyan)
Coach of the Year: Jerrod Calhoun (Fairmont State)