Rebsom and 3 Players Garner NAC Awards
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
Posted by: Regents Sports Information
ROCKFORD, IL – The 2008-09 Rockford college men’s basketball team was a far cry from the product on the court during the 2007-08 campaign. Rockford finished the 2008-09 with a record of 17-10 and an appearance in the Northern Athletics Conference semifinals. The Regents’ efforts on the court were recognized on Tuesday, as head coach Ryan Rebsom was named Northern Athletics Conference Coach of the Year and three of his players were named to all-conference teams.
“This is such an honor for me and our program. It is a testament to the hard work of our coaches and student-athletes,” said Rebsom, the Regents’ fourth year head coach. “Our student-athletes have worked very hard over the past few months to buy into our system and perform on the court and in the classroom. Our coaching staff and lone senior Rennell Taylor set great examples for our team.”
Senior Rennell Taylor (Chicago, IL/ Hales Franciscan) was the lone Regent to be named to the conference’s first team. The senior physical education major ranked sixth in the NAC in scoring with 17.4 points per game. Taylor’s 4.6 assists per game were also good for second in the conference. Taylor’s 40 point outburst against Dominican was the second best scoring performance in the conference’s history. In January 2009, Taylor became the first Regents men’s basketball player to be named NAC Student-Athlete of the Week, an honor he received twice during the season.
Junior Danny Armelin (Gonzales, TX/ Gonzales) was named to the All-NAC second team after his first season with the Regents. Armelin was fourth in the NAC with a 17.7 points per game average. He also ranked among the conference’s best in assists (2.7 per game), steals (1.5), free throw percentage (82.0%) and three-point percentage (39.1%). Armelin was also named NAC Student-Athlete of the Week in mid-February.
Andrew Weber (Roscoe, IL/ Boylan) was named to the inaugural NAC Men’s Basketball All-Sportsmanship Team. The junior math major statistically was one of Rockford’s most all-around players, averaging 12.8 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 3.0 steals per game. Weber’s 81 steals during the season broke Steve Leathers record for steals in a season (59 in 1995-96).