The Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) has announced its 2016-17 men's basketball end of the year awards, as voted upon by the league's 9 head coaches. The awards include the Dave Wells Player of the Year, Newcomer and Coaching Staff of the Year, the Ted Ducey Award and First Team and Second Team.
Michael Scarlett was named the David Wells Player of the Year as he led Claremont-Mudd-Scripps to a high of a No. 14 national ranking at D3hoops.com as the Stags started conference play 10-0. The junior ranked second in the SCIAC in scoring (19.3) and fourth in both three-point percentage (45.7) and assists per game (2.9) despite shifting to point guard due to a teammate's injury. The difference between his scoring average and his next-closest teammate was over six points, which was the highest of any team in the conference, highlighting his importance to the regular-season and post-season champions.
Junior guard Caleb Richey took home Newcomer of the Year honors as he brought a unique element to the conference in his debut season, dishing out 8.1 assists – nearly five more than the second-ranked player – and pacing everyone in steals (2.1). His passing was a major contributor to CLU earning the #2 seed in the Postseason Tournament behind the sharpshooting duo of Wolfgang Wood and Kyle Ferreira, who both hit over 50 percent from beyond the arc.
Jay Miller was named the Ted Ducey award recipient as he has been an outstanding Occidental men's basketball player, team leader and member of the Occidental community. On the court in his career, Jay's been a two-time All-SCIAC selection and the SCIAC's leading scorer in 2015-16. He broke his left hand in Oxy's first game of the season this year against Caltech on Nov. 15, but proceeded to start and play the next five games. Miller had surgery on his hand in December and was able to make it back for 13 of 16 SCIAC games, finishing 15th in the conference in scoring in 31 mpg. Off the court, he's been much more impressive. Jay is in many ways the face of the Oxy men's basketball team, the Oxy athletic program and the Occidental student body. During a time of turmoil on campus he spearheaded Oxy's Project Safe Program to combat sexual violence on campus.
Ken Scalmanini and his staff were named Coaching Staff of the Year after guiding the Stags to a SCIAC regular season championship and postseason tournament title this season. Scalmanini is in his 19th season as Head Coach of the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Men's Basketball Program and captured his ninth SCIAC Championship this year finishing with a 13-3 SCIAC record. The Stags finished the season 22-4 and will play Whitworth in the first round of the NCAA tournament as CMS was last in the NCAA Tournament in 2015 and defeated Texas Lutheran 79-55 in the first round before falling to regional host, East Texas Baptist in the second round.