Schwarz, Marion recognized as All-NAC
Athletics - posted on 3/3/2010
Sophomore Jake Schwarz and freshman P.J. Marion of the Lakeland men's basketball team have been recognized by the Northern Athletics Conference for their play during the 2009-10 season, as the league announced its all-conference teams Wednesday.
Schwarz, a 6-foot-5 forward, was one of six players named to the NAC's first team. The Sheboygan, Wis., native is sixth in the nation in scoring at 23.1 points per game, a mark that led the conference. He also finished second in the league in rebounding with 9.3 per game and fifth in field goal percentage (.539). Schwarz's 82.5 percent shooting from the free throw line was best on the team.
Before going down with a knee injury to miss the last four games, Schwarz presented match-up problems on the offensive end with his ability to shoot from the outside, score on the block or drive to the rim.
"Offensively, Jake expanded his range out to the arc, so he created some match-up difficulties for our league's post players," Lakeland coach Aaron Aanonsen said. "He felt confident in his abilities after feeling things out last year as a freshman."
Marion, a guard from Milwaukee, Wis., became the Muskies' third player named to the All-Freshmen team in the last two years. As Lakeland's sixth man, Marion played in 25 games and averaged 5.7 points and 2.6 rebounds per contest. He also finished second on the team in assists (57) and steals (31).
Marion used his quickness to his advantage on both ends of the floor, creating for teammates offensively and pressuring the opposing point guard on the defensive end.
"P.J. was probably our best on-ball defender," Aanonsen said. "He did a nice job adapting to his role and got his teammates involved. He made aggressive mistakes trying to make plays at times, which I can live with ... I think he has a great future ahead of him if he keeps working."
Lakeland was represented on the All-Sportsmanship team by junior forward Trevor McKown. The Hot Springs, S.D., native played in all 26 games, shot 53.3 percent from the floor and averaged 7.0 points and 4.6 rebounds per game.
"Trevor is a great student and a great person," Aanonsen said. "He's always doing the right things regardless of who's watching."
Senior guard Lance Robinson of NAC Tournament champion Aurora was named the league's Player of the Year, while his coach, James Lancaster, received Coach of the Year accolades. Maranatha's Joel Borchardt captured Freshman of the Year honors.
To see the complete list of 2009-10 All-Northern Athletics Conference award winners, click here
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