Men’s Basketball 2013-2014 Recap
The Oakton Community College men’s basketball team wrapped up the 2013-14 campaign as co-champions of the competitive Illinois Skyway College Conference (ISCC) with a 9-5 mark (tied with Morton College and Prairie State College). Along the way, the ISCC named Oakton’s head coach Mick Reuter as its Men’s Basketball Conference Coach of the Year. Reuter joined Oakton as an assistant coach for the basketball program in 1998, and was named head coach in 2008.
In addition, the conference named sophomore guard Jake Hill (LaLumiere) and sophomore forward Sam Mitchell (Glenbard South) to its first team. Hill led his team, delivering 19.0 points per conference game while the steady Mitchell could be counted on for 13.5 points and 6.1 rebounds per ISCC contest. The league also honored sophomore guards Chris Freeman (Champaign Central) and Najee Bailey (Wheeler, Indiana) as second team selections.
While Oakton ended its season with a 71-61 loss to South Suburban College in the semifinals of the NJCAA Region IV Division II (District B) Tournament on March 2, 2014, the College finished with an overall record above .500 (16-15) and boasted an 11-2 record on its home floor.
“The team continued to grow together and improve as the year progressed,” said Reuter. “We moved ever closer to where we want to be as a program thanks to the character and ability of all the young men. In particular, the leadership of our veterans – players who came to Oakton three years ago – Najee Bailey, Theo Bailey (Morgan Park), Gabe Chavarria (Burlington, Wisconsin), Samuel Dussey (Bome, Togo), and Mitchell set the tone for the newcomers.”
The NJCAA Region IV Division II (District B) bestowed postseason honors on several players, naming Mitchell (12.9 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 3.6 assists per game) to its first team and Hill (14.7 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game) to the squad’s second team, as well as the NJCAA Region IV Division II (District B) all-tournament squad.
During the course of the season, three players were named NJCAA Region IV Division II (District B) Players of the Week. Najee Bailey was a three-time recipient, while Mitchell and Hill were both honored once.
Reuter is already optimistic about the 2014-15 season. “We hope to build off the success of this year by continuing to recruit young men of high character and ability.”