WACO, Texas (March 7, 2013) – Oklahoma Christian center Will Reinke, the most dominant post player in the Heartland Conference this season, was named Thursday to the league’s first-team honor list.
Reinke, a 6-foot-10 senior from Lawton, joined teammate Kendre Talley, who received honorable mention, on the league’s all-conference squad. OC players were eligible to appear on the Heartland honor lists but not to receive individual awards, as the university is in the first year of the NCAA Division II membership process.
Because of that, Reinke wasn’t considered for the player of the year honor, which went to forward-center Kevin Kotzur of St. Mary’s (Texas). But Reinke did become a two-time first-team all-conference pick, having also achieved that honor as a junior in the Sooner Athletic Conference. He was a second-team All-SAC pick as a sophomore after transferring to OC from NCAA Division I Stephen F. Austin.
“Will is the player on our team that every opponent designed their game plan to stop,” OC coach Dan Hays said. “He is one of the most skilled small-college post players in the country. I’m glad that he was named to the first-team all-conference list.”
Entering OC’s first-round game late Thursday in the National Christian College Athletic Association Central Region tournament, Reinke was averaging 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 was a four-time conference player of the week winner this season.
Talley, a 5-foot-9 junior from Spencer, entered the NCCAA regional averaging 10.4 points, 5.3 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game while shooting 79 percent from the line. He also received honorable mention on last season’s All-SAC list.
Joining Reinke on the Heartland’s first-team honor list were Kotzur, guard-forward Shamar Acuay of Newman (Kan.), forward Nick Fox of Dallas Baptist (Texas) and forward Djordje Stojanovic of Arkansas-Fort Smith.
Matthew Culliver Jr. of Texas A&M International was named as the conference’s defensive player of the year. Freshman of the year honors went to Jonathan Perry of Dallas Baptist, while Mark Potter of Newman was named as the coach of the year.