The University of St. Thomas men's basketball team is getting ready for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Tournament on March 13-14 in Kansas City, Mo. Shortly after the team's Red River Athletic Conference win on March 4, the men found about other team awards coming its way.
The RRAC named five men's basketball players to their 2012-13 RRAC Men's Basketball All-Conference Team. Topping the list is Defensive Player of the Year Deric Dudley. Dudley, a sophomore guard from Fort Bend, Texas, helped St. Thomas stack numbers to be both the No. 1 scoring defense and field goal percentage defense in the RRAC.
Both senior guard Travis Lampley and junior forward Bryan Kaase made First Team All-Conference. Lampley, from Houston, has led the NAIA for most of the season in assists. He is currently the assist leader with 9.66 per game and 309 total. He is far ahead of the competition by 2.03 assists. Lampley holds the fourth spot in the RRAC in steals per game with 2.31.
Kaase, from Spring, Texas, had his best game on Dec. 15 against Texas Wesleyan University when he scored 28 points while shooting 60 percent. Also a defensive threat, he is sixth on the RRAC rebounds per game list and 12th on the NAIA list with 7.56.
Senior forward Caleb Williams made Second Team All-Conference. Williams is leading the team in points per game with 15.38. He is also eighth in the NAIA in 3-point percentage and 16th in rebounds per game in the RRAC.
Senior guard Adrian Morales received Honorable Mention. From Deer Park, Texas, Morales had his best scoring game on Nov. 16 against Lubbock Christian University. He is also very efficient in both field goal and 3-point attempts.
The team will play will play Georgetown College in Kentucky at 9 am. on March 14. Georgetown, a No. 13 seed, ended its season 23-8. UST ended its season 28-5.
For a full list of UST's team and individual rankings, visit the NAIA website.