University of Arkansas at Monticello men’s basketball student-athletes Derylton Hill, Cobe Goosby, and Karim Mawuenyega, along with head coach Kyle Tolin, all earned various end of the season Great American Conference Awards.
Head coach Kyle Tolin was named the GAC Coach of the Year after leading the Weevils to a 21-5 (17-5 GAC) regular season record, and a share of the GAC Regular Season Title. The Weevils, who were picked last in the GAC in pre-season, finished in a tie for first, and secured the number two overall seed in this years GAC Championship Tournament. UAM is also just the fifth NCAA Division 2 men’s basketball program in the last eight years to win 20 games just one year after losing 20 games in the previous season.
Hill, a junior from Palm Bay, Florida, was selected as the GAC Newcomer of the Year, as well as earned a First-Team All-GAC selection. Derylton led the Weevils in multiple categories including points per game (17.3), rebounds per game (7.5), field goal percentage (60 percent), free throws made (114), total points (450), and blocks (11).
Derylton also ranked in the top ten of multiple GAC categories as well which included scoring (T-6th), rebounding (7th), field goal percentage (3rd), and steals (6th).
Goosby, a junior from Elba, Alabama, earned a Second-Team All-GAC selection after finishing the regular season averaging 14.9 points per game, and 6.2 boards per match-up as well. Cobe led UAM in total assists with 128 on the year and recorded 36 steals during the season as well. He also ranked 10th overall in the GAC in scoring, 15th in rebounding, 6th in steals, and 4th overall in assists per game with 4.9.
Mawuenyega, a junior from New Orleans, Louisiana, earned a Second-Team All-GAC selections as well finishing the year averaging 14.5 points per contest, and leading UAM in steals with 47, and three-pointers made with 67. Karim was second on the team with 118 assists, and also averaged 4.8 rebounds per game. He ranked 13th overall in scoring in the GAC, 6th in assists, 3rd in steals, and 7th in three-pointers made in the conference.
The Weevils will look to the GAC Championship Tournament where UAM will take on number seven seed Harding University, Thursday, March 2, in the first round of play in Bartlesville, Oklahoma with tip-off scheduled for 2:15 p.m.