KANSAS CITY, Mo. (March 21, 2012) - Oklahoma Christian center Will Reinke has been named to the NAIA Division I Men's Basketball All-America second-team list, the NAIA announced Wednesday.
The 6-foot-10 junior from Lawton averaged 16.5 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 2.1 blocked shots per game this season for the Eagles while shooting 58.3 percent from the field and recording 11 double-doubles.
Reinke finished seventh in NAIA Division I in blocks per game, eighth in defensive rebounding (6.32 per game), 13th in overall rebounding, 12th in field-goal percentage and 11th in double-doubles. He was fifth in the Sooner Athletic Conference in scoring.
"I'm very happy for Will," OC coach Dan Hays said. "This is a tremendous honor. Will's improvement from his first season to his season was significant. His passing improved so much, and it was impressive that was able to shoot that high percentage, especially with all the double teams he got this year. He cut down on his turnovers as the year went on.
"It's just a really nice honor for him. It's an honor for our whole team, because they got him the ball."
Reinke also was an All-SAC first-team selection and made the All-Tournament team at the SAC tournament after helping the Eagles - seeded seventh - beat then-No. 10 Rogers State, then-No. 13 John Brown (Ark.) and then-No. 1 Oklahoma Baptist on successive days. It was OC's first postseason tournament championship in 30 years.
The SAC tournament win earned OC (20-13) a berth in the NAIA Division I tournament in Kansas City, Mo. In a first-round game, the Eagles led fourth-seeded Concordia (Calif.) in the final 90 seconds before falling 81-74. Concordia went on to breeze through the tournament before edging Oklahoma Baptist 72-69 in Tuesday night's championship game.
Two SAC players, Kyle Hunt of USAO and Emmanuel Wilson of Oklahoma Baptist, received NAIA All-America first-team honors, with Wilson named as the NAIA player of the year. Reinke and Adrian Miller of John Brown represented the SAC on the second team.
Six other SAC players - Rashad Sample of Lubbock Christian (Texas), Kendrell Thompson of Rogers State, Charlie Shorter of Mid-America Christian, Fayzon Richey of St. Gregory's, Jon West of Southern Nazarene and DeAngelo McIntosh of Oklahoma Baptist - received honorable mention.
As a sophomore in 2011, Reinke received honorable mention on the NAIA All-America list after being named as the SAC's defensive player of the year and setting a single-season school record for blocked shots with 85. Reinke spent his freshman season at NCAA Division I Stephen F. Austin.