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MAC announces postseason awards

The Mid-American Conference has handed out its Player of the Year and Coach of the Year selections.

Mid-American Conference coaches and media have selected Antonio Campbell as Player of the Year and Keith Dambrot as Coach of the Year.

Antonio Campbell paced the Ohio Bobcats as its leading scorer and rebounder, putting up a stat line of 17.5 points per game and 19.1 ppg in MAC-play. He averaged 10.5 rebounds per game in conference play. Campbell topped the MAC in boards per contest in conference play, ranked third in field goal percentage in MAC-play and shot well enough from beyond the arc (44.6 percent) to be sixth in the MAC.

All of this comes in Coach Saul Phillips' second year, a year removed from a 10-win campaign. Campbell has grown mightily in that time, and can boast a remarkable improvement in his three years on Ohio's campus.

Campbell emerged victorious over the selections of Nathan Boothe (18 votes to Boothe's 16) and Thomas Wilder, who garnered two votes.

Keith Dambrot picked up hardware for MAC Coach of the Year, his second time doing so. Dambrot led the Zips to a conference regular season title with a 13-5 record. The Zips are 24-7 overall.

According to the MAC, Akron's 13-2 start is the best for a Dambrot-coached Zips squad. He has done this while coaching a remarkably-balanced Akron squad that, when playing to its strengths, was observably the best team in the conference.

Dambrot (14 points) edged out Ball State's James Whiftord in terms of total points despite having the same amount of votes (14). Saul Phillips (4), Nate Oats (3) and Rob Senderoff (1), followed.