INDIANAPOLIS – The 2016-2017 Men's Basketball All-Crossroads League Teams were announced recently by the league office, with Taylor's Mason Degenkolb, Keaton Hendricks and Tim Fleming all garnering recognition.
Degenkolb claimed a trio of awards from the league coaches, highlighting the list by being tabbed the Crossroads League Freshman of the Year, in addition to earning Second-Team All-Crossroads League and Crossroads League All-Freshman Team honors. The play-making guard led TU and ranked third in the CL with 17.6 points per game during the regular season, while adding 4.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.2 steals per outing. Degenkolb connected on a 44.1-percent rate from the field, a 39.3-percent clip from deep and an 82.4-percent mark from the charity stripe.
The Tipton High product ranked third among all NAIA Division II freshmen in scoring and netted double figures in 21-of-28 outings for the Trojans. Degenkolb added 12 games of at least 20 points and was TU's first freshman to lead the squad in scoring since Casey Coons did so with 15.6 points per night during the 2009-2010 campaign.
Hendricks earned an Honorable Mention All-Crossroads League nod in his third season with Taylor. The junior forward set personal-bests across the board, tallying 13.1 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, while shooting 47.9 percent from the field and 41.6 percent from beyond the arc. Hendricks started all 31 games for the Trojans and led the team with 29.7 minutes per game, 72 three-point shots made and 181 rebounds, while rating third in the CL with 2.3 made triples per outing with the 10th-best percentage in the league.
Fleming also took home his first postseason honor in his third season as the starting point guard for the Trojans, earning a spot on the Crossroads League All-Defensive Team. Fleming joined Hendricks in the starting lineup in all 31 contests, setting career-highs with 116 assists and 49 steals. Fleming rated third among all CL performers and 49th in the nation in total thefts and was No. 30 among all NAIA Division II individuals with a 2.58 assist-to-turnover ratio.
The All-Crossroads League standouts of Degenkolb, Hendricks and Fleming are all set to return next season, as TU is poised to return all five starters and 11 lettermen for 2017-2018 with the hopes of building on its 20-win showing from the current campaign.