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Three Bobcats Honored by Mid-American Conference

March 9, 2011

ATHENS, Ohio - D.J. Cooper, DeVaughn Washington and Nick Kellogg all received postseason awards from the Mid-American Conference league office this morning. Cooper was named All-MAC First Team, Washington was named Honorable Mention All-MAC and Kellogg was named to the All-Freshman Team.

Cooper was also named All-District by the National Association of Basketball Coaches. The 245 student-athletes, the finest basketball players across America from 24 districts, are eligible for the State Farm Coaches’ Division I All-America teams, to be announced on Saturday, April 2.

Since 2004, Ohio has placed multiple players on MAC postseason teams every season. Cooper earned league recognition for the second-consecutive season after being named Honorable Mention All-MAC last season.

Cooper was named the MAC's Eastern Division Player of the Week three times this season and was named the Preseason Player of the Year by the league after being named the 2010 MAC Freshman of the Year. He currently sits third nationally in assists and has surpassed 10 assists seven times this season, including a career-best 15 assists in a win at Akron. Cooper broke his own school record for assists in a single season. Last year, he dished out 218 assists and this season, he has doled out 239. Cooper also sits second in the league in steals and fourth in scoring. He has a very good chance at becoming only the fifth player in Bobcat history to reach 2,000 points (Dave Jamerson, Paul Graham, Gary Trent and Brandon Hunter) after hitting the 1,000-point plateau in just his second season.

Washington has been a real force for the Bobcats in MAC play. The senior big man reached double figures in all but one league contest this season, averaging 13.4 points and shooting 55 percent from the field. Washington recently matched his career-high with 25 points and grabbed eight rebounds in an overtime win at Winthrop. Since that game, a span of five contests, Washington is averaging almost 16 points and 7.5 rebounds. Last night, he recorded his eighth double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds in a MAC Tournament game against Toledo, while also surpassing the 1,000-point mark for his career.

Kellogg led the league in three-point field goal percentage at 45.3 percent and was 10th in the league in three-pointers made. The freshman and son of Clark Kellogg, scored a career-high 23 points on 8-of-12 shooting, hiting a career-high six three-pointers, in a win at Akron earlier this season. He is also one of the team and league's best free-throw shooters, connecting on 77 percent of his tries at the charity stripe.

 The Bobcats face No. 4 seed Ball State in Quicken Loans Arena on Thursday night. Ohio and the Cardinals play in the final of four quarterfinal games at approximately 9:30 p.m.

All-MAC First Team
Justin Greene, Kent State
Julian Mavunga, Miami 
D.J. Cooper, Ohio
Xavier Silas, Northern Illinois
Jarrod Jones, Ball State

All-MAC Second Team
Brandon Bowdry, Eastern Michigan
Nikola Cvetinovic, Akron
Rod Sherman, Kent State
Byron Mulkey, Buffalo
Demetrius Ward, Western Michigan

Honorable Mention
Zach Filzen, Buffalo
Javon McCrea, Buffalo
Austin Calhoun, Bowling Green
Scott Thomas, Bowling Green
Trey Zeigler, Central Michigan
Jalin Thomas, Central Michigan
Michael Porrini, Kent State
Nick Winbush, Miami
DeVaughn Washington, Ohio
Flenard Whitfield, Western Michigan

All-Freshman Team
Chris Bond, Ball State
Javon McCrea, Buffalo
Trey Zeigler, Central Michigan
Nick Kellogg, Ohio
Juwan Howard Jr., Western Michigan


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