When the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference named its Men’s Basketball All-Conference teams on Thursday there were some familiar names from the Grand Rapids area among the bunch.
Cornerstone University’s Kyle Steigenga was named the WHAC Player of the Year and coach Kim Elders was named Coach of the Year. Miles Robinson (Indiana Tech) and Kevin Rich (Davenport) were named to the All-Conference First-Team.
Steigenga, a 6-foot-6 junior forward who starred for three years at Holland Christian HS, is a two-time NAIA First-Team All-American and was honored as the NAIA Tournament MVP during his freshman year with the Golden Eagles. This season, Steigenga has again excelled on the court, averaging 22.2 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game while leading Cornerstone to the WHAC semifinals. The Golden Eagles will host UM-Dearborn at Mol Arena on Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m.
Golden Eagles coach Elders, in his 24th season at the helm, was again named WHAC Coach of the Year for a seventh time in his career. Due to his continued success, Cornerstone saw a total of eight players honored by being named to Conference year-end teams in 2017. A three-time NAIA Division II National Champion (1999, 2011, 2015), Elders holds a record of 616 wins-227 losses on the sidelines at Cornerstone, who are currently ranked #2 overall in NAIA.
Indiana Tech’s senior guard Robinson, a 5-foot-11 senior guard from East Kentwood HS who played at Grand Rapids Community College for two seasons, was named to the First-Team for the second straight season. Robinson led the Warriors to a 20-11 record (15-7 in the WHAC) while averaging a team-high 20.9 points, 4.5 assists and 1.4 steals per game. In 2015-16 as a redshirt junior, the former Falcon and Raider was named WHAC Newcomer of the Year scoring 19.9 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game.
Another addition to the WHAC All-Conference First-Team is Davenport University’s Rich. The 6-foot-6 senior averaged 17.9 points and 6.7 rebounds per game this season for the 8th-ranked Panthers while helping them to a 24-7 record. Rich and his Davenport teammates will host Aquinas College at 3 p.m. tomorrow in the WHAC tournament semifinals. Rich may be best known, though, for his Senior Day proposal to his girlfriend Taylor. After hearing her say, “Yes”, Rich went on to score 19 points in a win over Lourdes University.