Men's basketball achieves many OCCAC & NJCAA awards and honors

Men's basketball achieves many OCCAC & NJCAA awards and honors

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Columbus State men's basketball team received many accolades this season. Below is a list of the academic and athletic achievements of the team. The list will be updated as other awards are given.

Academic All-OCCAC (Autumn Semester)

Grant Dierksheide, 3.83 GPA

OCCAC Player of the Week

Dec. 11 - Matthew Gierhart

Dec. 18 - Mario Young

Jan. 1 - Mario Young

Jan. 15 - Matthew Gierhart

Jan. 29 - Mario Young

Feb. 5 - Matthew Gierhart

Feb. 12 - Rodney Willis

Feb. 19 - Rodney Willis

Feb. 26 - Rodney Willis

March 5 - Rodney Willis

OCCAC All-Conference Awards

All-Defensive Team: Johnnie Robinson

1st Team: Rodney Willis

2nd Team: Mario Young

Honorable Mention: Matthew Gierhart

All-Freshmen Team: Mario Young, Matthew Gierhart

National Player of the Week

Dec. 19 - Jan. 1: Mario Young                                                                                                    

Jan. 30 - Feb. 5: Matthew Gierhart          

Feb. 20-26: Rodney Willis                             

Feb. 27-Mar. 5: Rodney Willis                    

School Records

Rodney Willis: Scored 41 points in a game, breaking the previous single-game record of 40.

Sophomore Career Highlights

Juwan Demmings: Averaged 8 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and 1 steal per game; missed 16 games this season due to injury – participated in 10 games and scored double-digits in three of them.

Grant Dierksheide: Averaged 7 points, 2 assists, 1 rebound, and 1 steal per game; holds the highest free throw shooting percentage on the team (88.9%) and lowest number of turnovers per game (0.5); scored double-digit in six games this season

Johnnie Robinson III: Averaged 14 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals per game; as starting point guard dished out the highest number of assists per game and holds the highest 3-point shooting percentage on the team (36.6%); accumulated 394 total points, 169 rebounds, 155 assists, and 63 steals; scored double-digits in 19 of 26 games this season.

Rodney Willis: Averaged 18 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 1 steal per game; accumulated 743 total points, 289 rebounds, 106 assists, 74 steals, and 22 blocks; scored double-digits in 32 of 40 games over two seasons; 12 20+ point games.