Date Published: 
02/28/2012
Hunt named SAC Player,  Newcomer of the Year

CHICKASHA – Two Drover men were given special All-Conference honors while two other Drovers were named All-SAC Honorable Mention.

Kyle Hunt was voted as being one of the best players in Sooner Athletic Conference basketball. He was named Co-Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year, while Ben Berry was named Freshman of the Year.

“Of course I’m very happy that Kyle was Co-Player of the Year. I know Kyle without question was one of the best two players in the league,” head coach Brisco McPherson said. “And I always thought when we recruited Ben that we had the best freshman in the SAC, and he proved that to be true. He deserved it.”

Norris Rumph and Phillip Harris were named All-SAC Honorable Mention.

Kyle Hunt
Leading the conference in rebounds and blocks and coming in third in the SAC in scoring, it’s no wonder Hunt was given such prestigious honors as Co-Player of the Year, Newcomer of the Year and to the All-Conference First Team.

“I was pretty excited when I found out,” Hunt said. “I just want to thank my coaches and teammates for giving me the opportunity and being there for me.”

Hunt, a 6-foot-10 senior, averages nearly 18 points a game, racking up a total of 485 on the season.

In addition to being first in the conference, Hunt is eighth in the division in total rebounds with 287 on the season — an average of more than 10 a game. In blocks, Hunt comes in 10th in the division with 54 for the season.

He also leads the conference in double-doubles with 15.

Hunt was named SAC Player of the Week twice this season.

Before coming to USAO, Hunt played for NCAA Division I Middle Tennessee State.

He is a criminal justice senior from Queens, N.Y. He is the son of Derrick and Marva Hunt.


Ben Berry
Berry was one of the biggest names coming out of Oklahoma high school basketball last year and immediately made an impact on the USAO squad, earning himself the Freshman of the Year honor.

Berry has played in nearly every game for the Drovers and saw 16 starts as a true freshman. With 219 points on the season, he averages more than eight points a game. Additionally, he’s second on the team in rebounds with 153.

He had a season-high 22 points in a recent game at No. 15 John Brown and a season-high 17 rebounds against Wayland Baptist in late January.

Berry is a freshman out of Mustang High School. He is the son of Howard and Penny Berry.


Phillip Harris
Coming in second on the team in scoring, junior Phillip Harris was named All-Conference Honorable Mention.

With 328 points on the season, Harris averages more than 12.5 points per game. He also leads the team in steals with 48 this season, putting him fourth in the SAC. Additionally, he’s second on the team in assists with 73.

This is Harris’ third season at USAO and his first All-Conference honor. In his career, he’s scored 753 points, had 164 assists and 110 steals. He’s third in the USAO record books in career steals as a junior.

Harris is a physical education junior from Spencer. He is the son of Phillip Harris, Sr.


Norris Rumph
Rumph was named All-Conference Honorable Mention after scoring 298 points — an average of 10.6 a game — for the Drovers this season.

At third on the team in scoring, he’s second to Harris in total steals with 36. Rumph is one of only two players to play in every game this season and has seen starts in all but two of them.

Rumph joined the Drovers this season from North Dakota State College of Science.

He is a physical education junior from Savannah, Ga. He is the son of Tyrone Jones and Josette Jenkins.

 

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