Men's Basketball Sweeps Top Conference Basketball Honors
Athletics - posted on 2/28/2006
The Lakeland College men's basketball team swept all three top All-Lake Michigan Conference awards as the LMC announced its postseason honors on Tuesday.
Senior Germayne James was named LMC Player of the Year, freshman Matt Rogers was named LMC Rookie of the Year and Gary Grzesk received Coach of the Year honors. The awards are selected by the league's coaches.
James, a guard from Richmond, Ind., is the third Lakeland player to earn LMC Player of the Year honors in the past four seasons, joining Ricky Davis in 2003 and Cory Nickel in 2004. James averaged 14.6 points, 3.2 assists and 1.7 steals per game this season, and shot just under 50 percent from the field. James' averages were all in the LMC top 10. James also had a 1.9 assist/turnover ratio - second-best in the conference behind teammate Aaron Regal (2.6).
"I'm really happy for Germayne," said Grzesk. "Not only was it his senior year, but he was consistent from the first game of the year to the last, and he was our leader. Germayne made everyone else around him better.
"Germayne created a lot of good scoring opportunities for his teammates. As a point guard, he rarely turned the ball over, rarely took bad shots and rarely made bad decisions. Knowing what we were going get out of him in every game was pretty comforting."
Sophomore guard Kris Saiberlich (Fond du Lac/Fond du Lac) received All-LMC honors for the second straight season. Saiberlich, who averaged 13 points per game for the Muskies, ranked 23 in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage (43.8).
"The second half of the year, Kris shot the ball as well as anybody I can remember," said Grzesk. "It was almost a surprise to us when he missed, that's how well he shot. Not only is Kris a great shooter, but he rarely takes bad shots."
Rogers (Rochelle, Ill. /Rochelle), a freshman forward, was named to the LMC All-Rookie team in addition to earning the league's top freshman honor. Rogers averaged 10.9 points per game, and made 56.9 percent of his shots, second best in the LMC.
"For Matt to shoot 56 percent on the year is pretty amazing for a freshman," said Grzesk. "He has great hands and a great feel for the game. His defense really improved from the beginning of the year to the end of the year. I expect a lot of great things from Matt in the future, and he will have an expanded roll for us next year."
Freshman Peter Worth (Sheboygan/North) joined Rogers on the All-Rookie team. Worth appeared in all 27 games for the Muskies, averaging 3.2 points and 2.6 rebounds per game.
"Although Peter only averaged 11 minutes, he got so much done while he was on the floor," said Grzesk. "Besides Nick Howard, he was our best on the ball defender and really provided a lot of energy and enthusiasm coming off the bench. Once he earned our trust, he had a great year for a freshman. "
Grzesk, who wrapped up his third season with the Muskies, led the 21-6 Muskies to the program's first 20-win season in over a decade, and the first LMC regular season title since the 2002-03 season. The Muskies also returned to the NCAA's Midwest Region poll for the first time since the 2002-03 season.
"It's a tribute to the players on the team and the assistant coaches," Grzesk said. "As a coach, you try and put the players in the best position you can for them to be successful, but ultimately it's up to them out on the floor to execute it. It's a credit to our guys and a great staff who work hard and put a lot of time into what we do."
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