Novak First-Team All-WVIAC, Miller Honorable Mention
02/25/13...Pitt-Johnstown senior guard Nick Novak (Murrysville, Pa.) was named First-Team All-WVIAC, and fellow senior guard Jordan Miller (Vinco, Pa.) was an Honorable Mention All-Conference selection by the league' coaches when the 2012-13 men's basketball awards were released on Monday... (Full WVIAC Release)
West Liberty (WV) University senior guard Alex Falk was named the WVIAC Player of the Year. Wheeling Jesuit (WV) University's guard Justin Fritts garnered Freshman of the Year honors, while West Liberty head coach Jim Crutchfield picked up his fourth consecutive Coach of the Year accolade and his fifth overall.
Novak, a First-Team All-WVIAC choice for the second straight year, leads the Mountain Cats in scoring (22.3 ppg.), assists (151), steals (59), field goals and field goal percentage (219-398, 55.0%), and free-throws and free-throw percentage (126-149, 84.6%). Nationally, he ranks 11th in assists per game, 12th in scoring, 24th in steals per game, 48th in free-throw percentage, and 55th in field goal percentage. Novak holds the Mountain Cat record for assists (535) and field goals-made (746) and is second on the all-time scoring list (1,988 pts.).
Miller leads Pitt-Johnstown in 3-pointers and 3-point field goal percentage (80-174, 46.0%), and is second in scoring (13.8 ppg.), assists (72), steals (26), and free-throw percentage (83.1%). He ranks 12th in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage and 17th in 3-point field goals per game. Miller is Pitt-Johnstown's all-time leader in 3-point field goals with 292 and is also 10th on both the scoring list (1,357 pts.) and assists list (322 assts.).
Falk, a 6’3” senior guard from Upper Sandusky, Ohio, guided the Hilltoppers to a 27-1 overall record on the season, including a 21-1 mark in WVIAC play. His stellar play led WLU to its fourth straight WVIAC regular-season championship and to a No. 3 national ranking heading into postseason play.
Falk leads the WVIAC in steals, averaging 3.11 a game. He is fourth in scoring by netting 20.7 points per game. He ranks seventh in assist-to-turnover margin and 11th in free throw percentage in the conference. Falk is second on his squad in offensive rebounds (48). He has helped the Hilltoppers win 13 consecutive games and a No. 1 ranking in the Atlantic Region heading into the WVIAC Tournament.
Fritts, a 6’1” guard from Mentor, Ohio, led the Cardinals to a No. 4 seed heading into the conference tournament. He accounts for 15.9 points per game and is second on the squad in assists. Fritts drains 50.2 percent of his shots from the floor and is second on the team with 48 three-point buckets. He is 14th in the league in scoring.
Crutchfield earned his fifth Coach of the Year accolade after leading the Hilltoppers to their fourth straight league title and a 27-1 overall mark. West Liberty finished WVIAC play with a 21.1 record. He guided West Liberty to a No. 3 spot in the NABC Coaches’ Poll. Now in his ninth season, Crutchfield has led the Hilltoppers to at least 20 wins every year. The Hilltoppers lead the nation in scoring at 105.5 points per outing. Collectively, his team hits 52.1 percent of their shots from the floor and outscore its opponents by 26 points per game.
Player of the Year:
Alex Falk, West Liberty
Freshman of the Year:
Justin Fritts, Wheeling Jesuit
Coach of the Year:
Jim Crutchfield, West Liberty
2012-13 First Team All-WVIAC
Kurklin Bohanon (Alderson-Broaddus, Sr., G, 6’3”, Cleveland, Ohio)
Alex Falk (West Liberty, Sr., G, 6’3”, Upper Sandusky, Ohio)
Cedric Harris (West Liberty, Jr., G, 6’0”, Zanesville, Ohio)
Terrell Lipkins (Charleston, Jr., G, 6’0”, Canton, Ohio)
Chad Moore (Shepherd, Sr., F, 6’5”, Winchester, Va.)
Nick Novak (Pitt-Johnstown, Sr., G, 6’0”, Murrysville, Pa.)
Ben Siefert (Wheeling Jesuit, Sr., G, 6’3”, Reynoldsburg, Ohio)
Isaac Thornton (Fairmont State, Sr., G, 6’3”, Martinsburg, W. Va.)
Kelsey Williams (West Virginia Wesleyan, Sr., F, 6’7”, Sandusky, Ohio)
2012-13 Second Team All-WVIAC
Brendan Cooper (Fairmont State, Jr., F, 6’7”, Parma, Ohio)
C.J. Hester (West Liberty, So., G, 6’4”, West Mifflin, Pa.)
Isaiah Hill (Fairmont State, Sr., F, 6’9”, Aylett, Va.)
D’Quan Lynch (Davis & Elkins, Sr., G, 5’10”, Virginia Beach, Va.)
Jamel Morris (Glenville State, So., G, Gahanna, Ohio)
Brantley Osborne (Shepherd, Jr., G, 6’2”, Sunbury, Pa.)
Malik Stith (Fairmont State, Sr., G, 5’11”, Hempstead, N.Y.)
Damien Tunstalle (Concord, Sr., F, 6’4”, Beckley, W. Va.)
2012-13 Honorable Mention All-WVIAC
Ashton Brown (Ohio Valley, Sr., G, 5’8”, Buffalo, N.Y.)
Evan Faulkner (Charleston, Sr., G, 6’1”, Sandyhook, Ky.)
Anton Hutchins (West Virginia State, Jr., G, 6’4”, Lima, Ohio)
Max Kenyi (Seton Hill, Jr., G, 6’4”, Rockville, Md.)
Malachi Leonard (Seton Hill, Jr., F, 6’7”, York, Pa.)
Lamar Mallory (Glenville State, Jr., F, 6’7”, Dayton, Ohio)
Jordan Miller (Pitt-Johnstown, Sr., G, 6’0”, Vinco, Pa.)
2012-13 WVIAC All-Freshman Team
DJ Blanks (Glenville State, G, 6’3”, Akron, Ohio)
Seger Bonifant (West Liberty, F, 6’7”, Berlin, Ohio)
Noah Cottrill (West Virginia Wesleyan, G, 6’4”, Logan, W. Va.)
Justin Fritts (Wheeling Jesuit, G, 6’1”, Mentor, Ohio)
Aleksander Kesic (Charleston, F, 6’8”, Belgrade, Serbia)