Douse named AMC Newcomer of the Year, joined on AMC First Team by Sherwood
March 1, 2011
Pictured: Point Park forward Kris Douse. File photo by Chelsey Engel.
PITTSBURGH – Point Park University senior forward Kris Douse was named the American Mideast Conference Newcomer of the Year, and the NAIA Division II rebounding leader was joined on the All-AMC first team by his teammate, senior guard Jimmy Sherwood.
Douse, a 6-7 forward from Toronto, Ont., who transferred from Delaware State, finished third in the voting for AMC Player of the Year. Douse led the Pioneers (15-12) with 20.1 points and a national-leading 12.6 rebounds per game.
Douse tied for second in the country with 19 double-doubles in 27 games and shot 43 percent from the field. He ranked third in the AMC in scoring and first in rebounding. Over the final 14 games of the season, he averaged 24.5 points per game to lead the Pioneers to the playoffs after a two-year absence.
Sherwood, a 6-2 senior guard who started his career at Duquesne, was named All-AMC first team with a scoring average of 17.8 points per game. The Sharon, Mass., native who transferred to Point Park this year from NCAA Division II power Arkansas Tech shot 48 percent from the field and 37 percent from long range.
Sherwood ranked fifth in the AMC in scoring and sixth in field-goal percentage. He was a key part of Point Park’s playoff run as he hit the game-winning shot for two of his 23 points in an 88-87, playoff-clinching win over Daemen Feb. 19. He followed that up by being one point shy of his career high with 32 points in a postseason loss at Cedarville.
The All-AMC teams were released by the league office Monday night after a vote of the conference’s coaches. The AMC Player of the Year award went to Jeremy Shardo, an NAIA DII All-American last year and the point guard for second-ranked Walsh (28-1). Finishing second in the AMC Player of the Year race was Matt Harner, the leading scorer for Cedarville (20-11), which is Walsh’s opponent in Tuesday’s AMC Championship Game.
Walsh, the AMC regular season champ and the NAIA DII runner-up from a year ago, was the only other team besides Point Park to have two players selected to the All-AMC first team. Douse and Sherwood were the highest-scoring duo in the AMC as they accounted for a combined 37.9 points per game.
Douse had one of the best statistical seasons of any post player ever to play at Point Park. He is the first Point Park player to lead the country in rebounding since DeVaughn Halsel did so as part of the Pioneers run to the NAIA DI Final Four in 1996-97. His career rebounding average of 12.6 is third in school history with only NAIA All-Americans Halsel (13.4) and Kenny Walls (13.1) ahead of him.
Douse turned in some of the best single-game performances this year when it comes to points and rebounds. He tied a school record with 45 points at Mt. Vernon Nazarene Jan. 21. His season-high of 24 rebounds at Buffalo State was just three shy of Walls’ record of 27. Douse had five games of 18 rebounds or more, which account for five of the top-nine single-game performances in school history.
Douse is the first Point Park player to be named the AMC Newcomer of the Year since Chivas Whipple (2005-06) and Gavin Prosser (2004-05) won the award in back-to-back years. Douse and Sherwood are the first Point Park tandem to make the All-AMC first team since Whipple and Prosser did so in 2006-07.
The top 10 vote-getters made up the All-AMC first team while the next 10 were second team. Ten players were All-AMC honorable mention. Roberts Wesleyan’s Rob McCoy was named AMC Coach of the Year while Notre Dame (OH)’s Taylor Rieger was named AMC Freshman of the Year.