Akron and Ohio may have both lost in the opening rounds of their respective tournaments, but that hasn't stopped the teams' best players from continuing to bring in the accolades. CollegeInsider.com released their Lou Henson Mid-Major All-American team Monday and Akron's Zeke Marshall and Ohio's D.J. Cooper made the cut.
The 25-man team includes the best-of-the-best from the Mid-Major ranks, along with the two stars of the MAC. Rather than naming a first- second- and third-place team, CollegeInsider.com says they name a single squad, all on equal footing.
Marshall and Cooper earned the honors after dominating the MAC for their respective teams. Cooper finished No. 6 in the nation in assists-per-game with 7.2, finished his career ranked in the Top-25 in NCAA craeer assists and steals, broke the MAC career assists record and became the only player in Division I history to have more than 2000 points, 900 assists, 500 rebounds and 300 steals.
Marshall finished No. 4 in the nation in blocked shots with 3.7 per game and broke the MAC single-season record for blocked shots. He elevated the Zips to a Top-25 ranking earlier this season and lead them to a MAC Tournament title (the Zips second in his four years) despite losing his side-kick Alex Abreu. The Zips were blown out in the opening round of the NCAA tournament but Marshall had 11 points, five rebounds and four blocks in the loss.