From Staff reports
Bryton Hobbs and Jermaine Bransford were both selected to MIAA All-Conference Teams, the league announced on Monday.
In his first year as a member of the RiverHawks, Hobbs, a junior guard, averaged 18.2 points per game and was named to the All-MIAA First Team. Bransford, a senior forward, led the league in rebounding and was named to the All-MIAA Second Team.
Hobbs is third in the league in scoring and fifth in assists (5.0 assists per game), while leading the conference in minutes played 34.3. He has scored in double figures in all but two games this season and is coming off arguably his best game as a RiverHawk. He recorded 22 points, nine rebounds and eight assists in NSU’s 83-71 overtime victory over Central Oklahoma. He outscored the Bronchos 8-3 in the extra session and played all 45 minutes.
Joining Hobbs on the league’s first team was Will McNeil (Washburn), Dominique Long (Central Missouri), Josh Gibbs (Central Oklahoma) and Dwayne Brunson (Fort Hays State).
Bransford is eighth in the league in scoring (16.0 points per game) and 14th in the nation with 9.7 rebounds per contest (10.8 in conference games). He also leads the MIAA and is ninth in the NCAA in double-doubles (13). In NSU’s 67-62 win at Emporia State Feb. 27, Bransford dropped 23 points and recorded career highs with 20 rebounds and five steals. The 20 rebounds were the most by any player in the MIAA this season and were two shy of tying the most by anyone in the country.
Player of the Year in the MIAA went to McNeil. Fort Hays State’s Craig Nicholson named the top freshman while his coach, Mark Johnson, was tabbed as the MIAA Coach of the Year.
Next up for the RiverHawks will be a game against Northwest Missouri State in the quarterfinals of the MIAA tournament in Kansas City. The RiverHawks and Bearcats will tip off at 2:25 on Thursday at Municipal Auditorium.