Indianapolis, Ind. -- Mark Miller, a senior from the University of Illinois at Chicago has been named the Midwestern Collegiate Conference men's basketball Player of the Year, in a vote of the league's coaches, sports information directors and media. In the vote, Detroit's Perry Watson was voted the MCC Coach of the Year for leading his team to a first-place tie with a 12-2 MCC mark and an overall record of 23-4. Rashad Phillips, the 5-8 Titan point guard, was named Newcomer of the Year.
Miller, who led the MCC in scoring with a 20.3 points-per-game average, was also in the top 10 in rebounding (5.6 rpg), assists (2.68 apg) and steals (1.76 spg). Miller was also a four-time MCC player of the week honoree this season. Miller is joined on the first team by teammate Bryant Lowe (Sr., F), Javan Goodman of Loyola (Jr., F) and Brian Alexander (Sr., F/C) and Derrick Hayes (Sr. G/F) of Detroit.
Phillips was joined on the All-Newcomer team by Theo Dixon of Cleveland State, Damion Ninkovic of UW-Milwaukee, Otis Frazier of Butler and Konstantine Stavropolis of UIC. Phillips, the Newcomer of the Year, averaged 10.5 points and 3.5 assists per game - both in the top 10 in the MCC. Phillips was also third in the league in free throw percentage, nailing 85.9 percent.
1997-98 All-MCC First Team Mark Miller, UIC, Sr., G, 6-2, 185, Chicago, Ill. Bryant Lowe, UIC, Sr., F, 6-5, 190, Cairo, Ill. Derrick Hayes, Detroit, Sr., G/F, 6-5, 205, Detroit, Mich. Brian Alexander, Detroit, Sr., F/C, 6-9, 230, Detroit, Mich. Javan Goodman, Loyola, Jr., F, 6-8, 215, Racine, Wisc. 1997-98 All-MCC Second Team Anthony Coomes, UIC, Sr., G, 6-1, 165, Champaign, Ill. Jermaine Jackson, Detroit, Jr., G, 6-4, 198, Detroit, Mich. James Madison, CSU, So., G, 6-2, 170, Port Angeles, Wash. Keion Brooks, WSU, Jr., G, 6-3, 160, Ft. Wayne, Ind. Wayne Walker, UWGB, Sr., 6-6, 190, Quincy, IL 1997-98 All-Newcomer Team Rashad Phillips, Detroit, So., G, 5-8, 160 Theo Dixon, CSU, Fr., F, 6-6, 205, Cleveland, Ohio Damion Ninkovic, UWM, Fr., F, 6-9, 235 Otis Frazier, Butler, Jr., F, 6-3, 195 Konstantine Stavropoulos, UIC, Jr, F, 6-6, 190 1997-98 All-Defensive Team (selected by Coaches) Brian Alexander, Detroit, Sr., F/C, 6-9, 230, Detroit, Mich. Rolf van Rijn, Butler, Sr., C, 7-2, 250, Best, Netherlands Kevin Olm, UWGB, Sr., G., 6-4, 160, Green Bay, Wisc. Jerry Carstensen, UWGB, So., F, 6-7, 210, Eau Claire, Wisc. Earl Brown, Loyola, So., G, 6-1, 160, Chicago, IL
Player of the Year - Mark Miller, UIC
Newcomer of the Year - Rashad Phillips, Detroit
Coach of the Year - Perry Watson, Detroit
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