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Carter, Preston, Vander Plas Earn All-MAC Honors

Carter, Preston, Vander Plas Earn All-MAC Honors

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CLEVELAND, Ohio– Three members of the Ohio men's basketball team earned spots on the 2019 All-Mid-American Conference Teams, the league announced today (March 11). In a vote of the league's coaches and media members, redshirt sophomore forward Jason Carter was named to the All-MAC Third Team, while freshman guard Jason Preston and redshirt freshman forward Ben Vander Plas were named to the All-Freshman Team. 

Carter earns the all-conference third team honor after being named to the all-freshman team in 2017. Vander Plas and Preston gives the Bobcats four-straight MAC All-Freshman Team selections under fifth-year head coach Saul Phillips, following Jordan Dartis in 2016, Carter in '17 and guard Teyvion Kirk in '18. 

After missing the 2017-18 season, Carter (Johnstown, Ohio), a Management and Strategic Leadership major, returned to the Bobcats and picked up where he left off in 2016-17. Cater led the Bobcats this season averaging 16.5 points per game – which placed him seventh in the MAC in scoring. He also added 6.7 rebounds per game, while also shooting 48.6 percent from the field, 34.9 percent from three-point range and 72.2 percent from the free throw line. In MAC play, Carter led Ohio against league opponents, averaging 15.6 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. Carter shot 47.1 percent from the field, 40.4 percent from three-point range and 70.7 percent from the free throw line. This season, Carter scored in double figures 24 times this season and led the Bobcats in scoring 20 times. He also recorded five double-doubles and grabbed double digit rebounds six times, and led Ohio in rebounds 10 times this season. 

Carter is coming off a career-high 26 points against Miami on March 8. On the game against Miami, he also hit a career-high of 11 free throws. This season he also recorded a career-high in three-pointers made with five against Bowling Green on Jan. 8.

Carter was named MAC East Player of the Week on Dec. 3 for his performance the week of Nov. 26 in which he averaged a team-high 22.5 points per game. He shot 53.1 percent (17-of-32) from the floor and sank 69.2 percent (9-of-13) of his free throw attempts. Carter also averaged 9.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.5 steals per game.

Preston (Orlando, Fla.), an undecided freshman, has been spectacular for the Bobcats, playing in 29 games and starting 21 of them over the course of the season. Preston finished the regular season averaging 6.0 points per game, while shooting 43.7 percent from the field and 76.5 percent from the free throw line. He also averaged 3.6 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. Preston finished the regular season eighth in the MAC in assists and second in assist/turnover ratio. In conference play, Preston averaged 6.4 points per game to go along with 4.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. 

Preston scored in double figures seven times this season, while also leading Ohio in assists 15 times. Preston scored a career-high 12 points against Campbell on Nov. 12, while registering nine rebounds on March 2 against Akron and dished out nine assists on Jan. 22 against Western Michigan. 

Vander Plas (Ripon, Wis.), a Communications Studies major, finished his first season in the Green and White third on the team in scoring, averaging 8.8 points per game. He also added 5.3 rebounds per game, while shooting 41.5 percent from the field, 31.4 percent from three-point range and 70.7 percent from the free throw line. In MAC play, Vander Plas averaged 7.7 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. He shot 38.3 percent from the field, 27.5 percent from three-point range and 57.9 percent from the free throw line. Vander Plas scored in double figures 11 times this season, while recorded two double-doubles. He also had two 20-point games and led the Bobcats in scoring three times this season. 

Vander Plas scored a career-high 24 points on Feb. 12 against Central Michigan, where he went 10-for-15 from the field. He also grabbed 13 rebounds against CMU, while also dished out four assists in the same game. On March 2 at Akron, Vander Plas was a three-point shooting machine, draining a career-high six from beyond the arc in 10 attempts. 

No. 10-seeded Ohio (14-16) looks to make a run at a seventh MAC Tournament crown when it visits No. 7-seeded Northern Illinois (15-16) in a first-round matchup at the NIU Convocation Center on Monday (March 11). Tip-off of is set for 9 p.m. ET.

Monday's contest will be broadcast on the WatchESPN App where Dave Bernhard and Carl Armato will have the call. The game will also be on the Ohio Sports Network from Learfield IMG College, the 'Voice of the Bobcats' Russ Eisenstein and Rob Cornelius on the call. Radio pregame coverage is set to begin at 8:30 p.m. ET with 'Countdown To Tipoff.'

The winner of Monday's matchup between Ohio and NIU will punch its ticket to Cleveland to square off with No. 2-seeded Toledo (25-6) on Thursday (March 14) at 6:30 p.m. ET at Quicken Loans Arena. The game will be streamed live on WatchESPN and the ESPN app.

2018-19 Men's Basketball All-MAC Selections

All-MAC First Team
Justin Turner, Bowling Green
C.J. Massinburg, Buffalo
Nick Perkins, Buffalo
Jaylin Walker, Kent State
Jaelan Sanford, Toledo

All-MAC Second Team
Demajeo Wiggins, Bowling Green
Jeremy Harris, Buffalo
Larry Austin Jr., Central Michigan
James Thompson IV, Eastern Michigan
Eugene German, Northern Illinois

All-MAC Third Team
Tayler Persons, Ball State
Shawn Roundtree, Central Michigan
Nike Sibande, Miami
Jason Carter, Ohio
Seth Dugan, Western Michigan

All-MAC Honorable Mention
Daniel Utomi, Akron
Paul Jackson, Eastern Michigan
Elijah Minnie, Eastern Michigan
Nate Navigato, Toledo
Marreon Jackson, Toledo

All-Freshman Team
Anthony Roberts, Kent State
Mekhi Lairy, Miami
Ben Vander Plas, Ohio
Jason Preston, Ohio
AJ Edu, Toledo

All-Defensive Team
Dontay Caruthers, Buffalo
Davonta Jordan, Buffalo
Larry Austin Jr., Central Michigan
James Thompson IV, Eastern Michigan
Darrian Ringo, Miami

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