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2000 Men's Team of the Year

The Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference placed three players on the first team of the D3hoops.com Team of the Year, the Web site’s All-America team, released March 16, 2000.

Final Four participant UW-Eau Claire placed center Jon Wallenfelsz on the first team, while UW-Platteville’s Merrill Brunson, the only underclassman on the 1999 first team, returns at guard. UW-Stevens Point forward Brant Bailey, Illinois Wesleyan guard Korey Coon and Calvin forward Aaron Winkle round out the first team.

The second team features William Paterson guard Horace Jenkins, an honorable mention pick in 1999, along with Hampden-Sydney guard T.J. Grimes, forwards Chad Kahle (Defiance) and Antoine Sinclair (Christopher Newport), and center Mo Davis (Rowan).

First Team

Pos.

Name

School

Yr.

Hometown

G

Korey Coon

Illinois Wesleyan

Sr.

East Peoria, Ill.

G

Merrill Brunson

UW-Platteville

Sr.

Richland Center, Wis.

F

Aaron Winkle

Calvin

Sr.

Lake City, Mich.

F

Brant Bailey

UW-Stevens Point

Sr.

Wisconsin Dells, Wis.

C

Jon Wallenfelsz

UW-Eau Claire

Sr.

Mosinee, Wis.

Korey Coon
Korey Coon's 550 points was the eighth-best single-season total in Illinois Wesleyan history. The 6'0 point guard averaged 22.0 points per game, and carried a team to CCIW contention that had lost three starters. Coon averaged 24.3 points in six games against NCAA Tournament teams. Coon led every level of organized basketball this season from the free throw line. His .963 percentage (157-for-163) set a Division III single-season record. Coon made his final 29 free throws of 1999, and started 2000 with 41 without a miss. The mark of 70 set a Division III record for consecutive free throws. Coon was named to the second team in 1999.

Merrill Brunson
Brunson helped lead his senior class at UW-Platteville to a record of 121-12 and two national titles and three WIAC championships. The 1999 Team of the Year first-teamer finished his career with more than 1,500 points, while average 17.6 points per contest in 2000. Brunson shot 49.8% from the floor and 42.1% from three-point range.

Aaron Winkle
The two-time Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association MVP is averaging 17.5 points and 7.6 rebounds per game in leading Calvin College to the Final Four. A Team of the Year third-teamer in 1999, Winkle is fifth on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,765 points. The senior shoots 46.4% from the floor and 35.8% from three-point range.

Brant Bailey
The WIAC Player of the Year lead UW-Stevens Point to a 25-5 mark, the WIAC title and a trip to the Elite Eight. Bailey eclipsed Terry Porter's single-season school records for points and field goals made. Also set school marks for free throws made and attempted in a game, season and career and twice tied school record with 39 points in each game against UW-La Crosse. The senior scored in double figures in every game and scored at least 20 points in 23 of the team's 30 games and 14 of team's 16 WIAC games. He entered the season with 783 points in first three seasons, but surged to fifth on all-time school scoring list with 1,506 career points.

Jon Wallenfelsz
The senior center averaged 17.5 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.5 blocked shots per game before his season ended with an ACL injury in the NCAA sectional semifinal win against Buena Vista. Wallenfelsz shot 61.6% (221-for-359) from the floor, while posting a season-high 29 points against 1999 NCAA Tournament participant Gustavus Adolphus and adding 28 against UW-River Falls and UW-Whitewater.


Second Team

Pos.

Name

School

Yr.

Hometown

G

Horace Jenkins

William Paterson

Jr.

Elizabeth, N.J.

G

T.J. Grimes

Hampden-Sydney

Sr.

Onancock, Va.

F

Chad Kahle

Defiance

Sr.

Defiance, Ohio

F

Antoine Sinclair

Christopher Newport

Jr.

Hampton, Va.

C

Mo Davis

Rowan

Sr.

Glassboro, N.J.

Horace Jenkins
Jenkins led William Paterson in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals in bringing the Pioneers to the New Jersey Athletic Conference title and a Sweet Sixteen appearance. The junior, who reached the 1,000-point mark in only two seasons on the court, averaged 21.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 3.2 steals while shooting 41.9% from the floor and 35.4% from three-point range.

T.J. Grimes
The 2000 ODAC Player of the Year, Grimes led the team in scoring (15.0) and was second in assists (3.5) and steals (1.6). The senior ranked in the ODAC Top 10 in seven different categories, including first in assist-turnover ratio, second in both free-throw and three-point percentage. He leaves as the Tigers’ career leader in three-pointers made with 264 and is among the program’s top six in scoring, assists, and steals.

Chad Kahle
Led Defiance in scoring (17.6 ppg), rebounding (10.1 rpg) field goal percentage (55.5 %) and blocked shots with 34 on the season. He finished second in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association in rebounds, third in scoring, fifth in field goal percentage, fifth in blocked shots and third in steals per game.

Antoine Sinclair
The junior Dixie Conference Player of the Year led Christopher Newport to a conference title and the second round of the NCAA Tournament, scoring 19.7 points and adding 11.5 rebounds. Sinclair posted a career-high 35 points against Averett in the Dixie Conference title game.

Mo Davis
The senior All-NJAC first-teamer shot 62% from the floor in averaging 19.4 points per game. The center added 6.8 rebounds and shot 72.7% from the free-throw line.


Third Team

Pos.

Name

School

Yr.

Hometown

G

Pat Britton

Ithaca

Sr.

Carthage, N.Y.

G

Josh Estelle

Wabash

Sr.

New Castle, Ind.

F

Sherm Carstensen

UW-Eau Claire

Jr.

Eau Claire, Wis.

F

Alex Kraft

Franklin & Marshall

So.

Lansdale, Pa.

C

Jason Wiertel

Carthage

So.

Buffalo Grove, Ill.


Fourth Team

Pos.

Name

School

Yr.

Hometown

G

Kareem Tatum

Connecticut College

Jr.

Worcester, Mass.

G

Daniel Martinez

McMurry

Sr.

El Paso, Texas

F

Elliott Broadnax

Colorado College

Sr.

Colorado Springs, Colo.

F

Ken Allen

Colby

Sr.

Monson, Maine

C

Greg Hardin

Hunter

Jr.

Far Rockaway, N.Y.


Honorable Mention

Pos.

Name

School

Yr.

Hometown

G

Rob Pisanelli

Hobart

Sr.

Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

G

Pat Maloney

Catholic

Jr.

Brant Beach, N.J.

F

Jeremy Veenstra

Calvin

Fr.

Kalamazoo, Mich.

F

Jaron Warner

Clarke

Sr.

Marrero, La.

C

Jeff Gibbs

Otterbein

So.

Columbus, Ohio

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