HUNTINGTON, Ind. - The Mid-Central Conference (MCC) announced its post-season awards for the 2011-12 basketball season and topping the list was Huntington University senior Caleb Kennedy who earned MCC Player of the Year honors as voted on by the coaches.
Kennedy (Charlottsville, Ind., Eastern Hancock HS) leads the Foresters in scoring (20.2 ppg) and rebounding (8.5 rpg) while ranking second on the team in assists (69) and blocks (24). The 6-6 forward currently ranks 9th in NAIA Division II in defensive rebounds/ game (6.69) and 14th in total scoring (579).
A two-time All-MCC honoree, Kennedy has saved his best for last. He scored a career high 43 points against Saint Xavier University on December 10 and ripped down a career best 19 rebounds in a 76-67 decision over Mount Vernon Nazarene University on January 5. He also earned NAIA National Player of the Week honors for the week of January 9-15.
He currently leads the MCC with his 8.45 total rebounds/game and 6.69 defensive rebounds/game and is second in scoring/game (20.23), field goal percentage (.538) and double doubles (8). Kennedy was also one of five players to earn a spot on the MCC All-Defense Team.
Kennedy is the fifth Forester to earn MCC Player of the Year honors in the past decade. For his career, he has scored 1,444 points and grabbed 809 rebounds.
Sophomore forward Shane Merryman and freshman point guard Ryan Boester were also recognized by the MCC for their outstanding play this season.
Named to the MCC All-Newcomer Team last year, Merryman (Fort Wayne, Ind., Carroll HS) was an MCC Third Team pick this season. He currently tosses in 14.2 points and grabs 8.3 rebounds per game. He sits atop the conference in offensive rebounds/game (2.86) and double doubles (9) and ranks third in total rebounds/game (8.31) and defensive rebounds/game (5.45).
Boester (Auburn, Ind., DeKalb HS) has been HU's floor general this year and for his efforts earned a spot on the MCC All-Newcomer Team. He has started in 24 of the Foresters’ 30 games and is averaging a team-best 3.5 assists to go along with 9.2 points and 3.2 rebounds. He is shooting .389 behind the arc (6th in the MCC) and has knocked down 51 threes this season.