Reinke 1st-team NCCAA all-region pick, but denied top honor

OC senior center Will Reinke was named to the NCCAA Central Region first-team  honor list.
OC senior center Will Reinke was named to the NCCAA Central Region first-team honor list.

OKLAHOMA CITY (March 3, 2013) – Oklahoma Christian center Will Reinke has been named to the National Christian College Athletic Association Central Region first-team honor list, but wasn’t named as the player of the year in voting by region coaches.

OC point guard Kendre Talley was a third-team all-region selection. The Central Region includes 14 NCCAA-member schools in Oklahoma, Texas, Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska and Arkansas.

Reinke, a 6-foot-10 senior center from Lawton, received 175 points in the balloting, while Mid-America Christian guard Charlie Shorter and Dallas Baptist (Texas) center Nick Fox each received 178 points and were named as the co-players of the year. OC went 2-0 against Dallas Baptist and beat Mid-America Christian by 24 points in the teams’ only meeting this season.

Reinke averaged 19.0 points, 9.6 rebounds, 2.5 blocked shots and 2.3 assists per game while shooting 57.3 percent from the field and 74.3 percent from the free-throw line. He ranked in the top five in the Central Region in scoring (third), rebounding (first), blocked shots (second) and field-goal percentage (first). Shorter ranked in the top five in scoring (first) and steals (fifth), while Fox ranked in the top five in scoring (second) and field-goal percentage (third).

“The top three are deserving,” OC coach Dan Hays said. “I wish it could have been a three-way award. Will Reinke is very deserving of his regional honor and he should be a strong candidate for NCCAA national player of the year.”

Fox and Shorter weren’t listed on the all-region first-team list. Joining Reinke on that list were Thadd Varmall of York (Neb.), Dominique Rambo of Southwestern Assemblies of God (Texas), Chris Jones of Central Christian (Kan.) and Devin Harris of Oklahoma Wesleyan.

Talley averaged 10.4 points and 5.3 assists during the regular season for the Eagles, who will take a 16-10 record into this week’s NCCAA regional tournament in Bartlesville. He ranked third in the region in assists per game.

“Kendre has had another outstanding season and it’s good to see him honored,” Hays said.

Southwestern Assemblies of God coach Donnie Bostwick was named as the region’s coach of the year.