Senior Mike Carlson was named the Great Lakes Valley Conference's co-Player of the Year on Tuesday afternoon, becoming the first Truman men's basketball player in program history to earn conference Player of the Year accolades. In addition, juniors Seth Jackson and Reed Mells picked up second-team honors. Carlson's senior season was one for the record books, as the Superior, Wis.-native led the Bulldogs at 21.3 points and 7.2 rebounds per game while shooting 54.4 percent from the field.
He started all 27 games en route to finishing the season second all-time on the program's single-season scoring chartGLVC First Team Player Team Year MIKE CARLSON TRUMAN SR KAMERON BUNDY Drury SO BRYCE FOSTER Mo. S&T SR Aaron Nelson Southern Ind. SR Keisten Jones Bellarmine SR Asa Toney Maryville SR Tylor Wimbish Mo.-St. Louis JR Reece Cheatham Indianapolis SR Joe Lawson Indianapolis JR Ryan Jackson Lewis JR Ziggy Riauka UW-Parkside JR
with 575 points. Carlson also signed his name to eighth all-time in career scoring at Truman with 1,326 points in 82 contests.
He was among the GLVC leaders all season in scoring, rebounding, free throw percentage, and blocked shots while also averaging 32.4 minutes per game. In addition, Carlson recorded two of the top-four single-game scoring totals in Truman history this season, including a program-record 48 points against Missouri S&T on Jan. 30, 2014.
He added six double-doubles, led the Bulldogs in scoring in 15 of the team's 27 games, and was the league's Player of the Week on two occasions â?? Jan. 20 and March 3. Having helped guide the Bulldogs to just their sixth 20-win season in program history, Carlson becomes Truman's first conference Player of the Year honoree and the first, first-team selection since 2005-06 when Andy Calmes was last named to the first-team in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA).
Carlson shares the 2013-14 top billing with Southern Indiana's Aaron Nelson, who averaged 19.8 points and 13.2 rebounds per game for the 22-5 Screaming Eagles.Furthermore, both Carlson and Mells were listed to the league's all-defensive team during the program's first season as members of the GLVC. For Carlson, the all-conference honor marked a step forward after being listed to the all-MIAA third-team last season, while Jackson jumps to the GLVC second-team after picking up all-MIAA honorable mention honors each of the past two seasons. After being named the MIAA Freshman of the Year in 2011-12 and picking up honorable mention all-conference recognition in each of his first two seasons, Jackson made the leap to the all-GLVC second-team this season after averaging 14.6 points and 4.3 rebounds per game.
He shot 54.3 percent from the field and moved into the top-25 of Truman's career scoring chart after finishing the season with 1,032 points. Jackson topped the 20-point mark seven times, and in GLVC-only competition, the St. Louis-native raised his scoring and rebounding averages to 16.2 and 4.5, respectively. During his first season as a Bulldog following a two-year stint at Missouri Western, Mells played his way onto the all-GLVC second-team after spending much of the season as the nation's leader in assist-to-turnover ratio. The Des Moines, Iowa-native started all 27 games and averaged 11.9 points, 5.2 assists, and 4.0 rebounds per game.
Mells ranked amongst the GLVC's top ten in assists per game, steals per game, assist-turnover ratio, and minutes per game, while earning the conference's Player of the Week award on Feb. 10, 2014.
He played nearly 36 minutes per game in GLVC-only contests, improving his averages to 12.4 points and 5.7 assists per game. This is the first time since the 1984-85 season that the Bulldog program landed three players on all-conference teams (not counting honorable mention), with Carlson and Mells representing the Truman program on an all-defensive team for the first time since 2005-06. Under the direction of third-year head coach Matt Woodley, Truman's three all-conference selections matched Indianapolis and UW-Parkside as the most for a single team on this year's award list. Carlson and Mells were also joined by two others from UIndy, UWP, and Drury on the all-defensive team, with three other programs landing one each on that squad. Along with Carlson and Nelson sharing the Player of the Year honors, William Jewell's D'Vante Mosby picked up the GLVC Freshman of the Year award. Stan Gouard of Indianapolis was named the league's Coach of the Year after guiding the Greyhounds to a share of the East Division title.
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