King Named PAC Player of the Year; Cooper Named PAC Coach of the Year

King Named PAC Player of the Year; Cooper Named PAC Coach of the Year

(GREENVILLE, Pa.) - The Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) announced its 2017-18 All-PAC Men's Basketball teams and yearly award winners Tuesday afternoon. The all-conference teams and yearly award winners are determined by a vote from the league's 10 head coaches.

Thomas More College junior guard Damion King (Winchester, Ky./George Rogers Clark) collected PAC Player of the Year honors to become the Saints' second player of year since entering the league in 2005.

King, now a two-time All-PAC First Team selection, has totaled a league-best 120 assists this season. He is fourth among PAC players in minutes per game (32.2), seventh in scoring average (15.4) and 13th in rebounding average (5.9). His .821 free throw percentage (92-of-112) and .409 three-point field goal percentage (38-of-93) ranks fourth and seventh in the PAC this season, while his .464 field goal percentage (150-of-323) ranks 11th. King also scored his 1,000th career point February 10 in a 65-50 victory over Waynesburg University.

In nine career PAC Championship Tournament games (8-1), King averaged 16.7 points, 6.8 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game while shooting 47.9 percent (58-of-21) from the floor. He totaled 23 points, 13 rebounds and five assists in last Saturday's 78-73 title game win over Bethany College.  

Thomas More fifth-year head coach Drew Cooper was selected as the PAC's Coach of the Year for the second-straight year.  Cooper led top-seeded Thomas More to its third PAC Championship Tournament title this season and has had his program in the league's title game in four of the last five years.

Junior guard Brandon Horne (Louisville, Ky./Male) was named honorable mention All-PAC.  He is second on the team in scoring and rebounding with 10.7 points and 5.9 rebounds per game.  Horne also has dished out 38 assists, blocked six shots and recorded 37 steals.

Senior guard Michael Griffin (Crestwood, Ky./South Oldham) was named to the PAC Sportsmanship Team.  The PAC Sportsmanship Team was established to recognize student-athletes who have distinguished themselves through demonstrated acts of sportsmanship and ethical behavior.

The Saints are currently 23-5 and finished their regular season schedule 16-2, which included a perfect 9-0 record at the Connor Convocation Center in Crestview Hills, Ky. for the second-straight year.  Thomas More men's basketball team will travel to University Heights, Ohio Friday night to face John Carroll University (23-5) in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Championship.