CLEVELAND, Ohio– Three members of the Ohio men's basketball team were named Academic All Mid-American Conference, the league announced today (April 5). Senior Gavin Block, redshirt sophomore Jason Carter and redshirt freshman Ben Vander Plas all earned the honor.
This is the second time that Block (Lincoln, Ill.), a Specialized Studies major, has been named Academic All-MAC. Block finished the season averaging 6.3 points per game and 2.1 rebounds per contest while playing in all 31 games, making 14 starts. Block shot 37.1 percent from the field, led Ohio with a 35.4 three-point field goal percentage and dished out 2.3 rebounds per game. In MAC play, Block averaged 6.4 points per game while starting 13 games. He also averaged 1.9 rebounds, while shooting 38.5 percent from the field and 35.1 percent from three-point range. He also dished out a total of 40 assists.
Block scored a season high 18 points against Marshall on Dec. 1, while also hitting a season and career-high six three-pointers against the Herd in the same game. Block also hit the game-winning three on Jan. 26 against Ball State.
Carter (Johnstown, Ohio), a Management and Strategic Leadership major, was named Third Team All-MAC following the season. 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 48.1 percent from the field, 34.3 percent from three-point range and 71.8 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 scored 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.
Vander Plas (Ripon, Wis.), a Communication Studies major, was named the MAC Freshman of the Year and was named to the MAC All-Freshman Team. He finished his first regular season with Ohio 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.
The Academic All-MAC honor is for a student-athlete who has excelled in athletics and academics. To qualify, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA and have participated in at least 50 percent of the contests for that particular sport.