Wright State men’s basketball team earns multiple Horizon League honors

Five players from the Wright State men’s basketball team and head coach Scott Nagy have been honored by the Horizon League as the conference announced its annual awards today.  Nagy was named the Coach of the Year while Loudon Love was voted to the first team, Bill Wampler to the second team, Malachi Smith to the Freshman Team and both Parker Ernsthausen and Mark Hughes were selected to the Defensive Team.

“All of the individual honors our players received this season are really team awards,” Nagy said. “Our guys worked really hard all season and are humbled for being honored.  All five of them made significant contributions to our basketball team and are very deserving.”

Nagy, in his third year at Wright State, led the Raiders to a 19-12 and 13-5 record as WSU finished in a tie with Northern Kentucky for first place and received the number-one seed for the tournament.  Raider coaches have received this honor five times now as Nagy has won the distinction two years in a row.  The Raiders started league play at 2-3 but finished the regular season winning seven of the last eight games.

Love, a 6-8 sophomore from Geneva, IL has led the Raiders in scoring most of the season and currently has a 15.6 points per game average, ranking seventh in the Horizon League.  His 8.1 rebounds per game ranks him third overall in conference.  A second-team and Freshman of the Year selection last year, he posted 11 double-doubles this season and an average of 16.6 points in league-only contests.  On January 28, the center was named the Horizon League Player of the Week.

Wampler, a 6-6 junior from Eau Claire, WI, holds an average of 14.6 points overall and 14.4 against League foes.  The first-year WSU player, he collected 23 double-figure scoring games with six games of 20 or more points.  He had his career-high 29 points in the Feb. 15 game against Northern Kentucky and 26 points in his Raider debut against Western Carolina.  He has connected on 65 threes in 31 games played.  A valuable sixth man, Wampler started the first 14 of the season before finding a niche coming off the bench.  He was also one of six players named to the All-Academic Basketball Team by the Horizon League.

Smith, a 6-3 freshman from Belleville, IL, has averaged 5.3 points and 2.7 rebounds overall but 6.8 points and 3.7 rebounds against Horizon League foes.  He collected his career-high 17 points and nine boards to help the Raiders win at Youngstown State on Jan. 17.  For that performance, he was named the Freshman of the Week by League officials.  Over the final seven games of the regular season, the guard has averaged 9.1 points.

Ernsthausen, a 6-11 senior from Bowling Green, OH, started 27 games while playing in all 31, averaging more than 24 minutes a game. He has nine blocks and 24 steals with averages of 5.0 points and 3.2 rebounds for the Raiders.  Ernsthausen, who will receive his MBA this spring, was named the All-Academic Team for the second-straight year.

Hughes, a 6-4 senior from Youngstown, OH, receives this honor for the second-straight year as he started all 31 games for WSU this year.  He had 41 steals to lead the Raiders and averaged 9.3 points and 4.0 rebounds while playing 30.5 minutes per game.

The Raiders, 19-12 and 13-5, will be the number one seed in the upcoming Little Caesars Horizon League Tournament, which tips off Tuesday night at the Nutter Center as WSU will host IUPUI at 8:00 PM.  The winner will advance to the semifinals at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit next Monday night.  The championship game will be played next Tuesday in Detroit.

2019 Horizon League Men’s Basketball Award Winners
Player of the Year: Drew McDonald, Northern Kentucky
Defensive Player of the Year: D.J. McCall, IUPUI
Freshman of the Year: Antoine Davis, Detroit Mercy
Sixth Man of the Year: Jaylen Minnett, IUPUI
Coach of the Year: Scott Nagy, Wright State

All-League First Team (alphabetical by school)
Antoine Davis, Detroit Mercy
Sandy Cohen III, Green Bay
Drew McDonald, Northern Kentucky
Xavier Hill-Mais, Oakland
Loudon Love, Wright State

All-League Second Team (alphabetical by school)
Tyree Appleby, Cleveland State
Camron Justice, IUPUI
Tarkus Ferguson, UIC
Bill Wampler, Wright State
Darius Quisenberry, Youngstown State

All-Freshman Team (alphabetical by school)
Rashad Williams, Cleveland State
Antoine Davis, Detroit Mercy
Braden Norris, Oakland
Malachi Smith, Wright State
Darius Quisenberry, Youngstown State

All-Defensive Team (alphabetical by school)
D.J. McCall, IUPUI
Jalen Tate, Northern Kentucky
Parker Ernsthausen, Wright State
Mark Hughes, Wright State
Garrett Covington, Youngstown State

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