WICHITA — The Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference has announced its all-league men’s basketball selections and special award winners for the 2017-2018 season and a pair of McPherson players have received recognition from the league’s coaches.
Senior guard Aaron Bachura was named to the All-KCAC Second Team while freshman Frederick Watts received All-KCAC Honorable Mention and was named to the KCAC All-Freshman Team as a result of voting conducted at the coaches’ annual postseason meeting Monday.
Bachura started all 30 games for the Bulldogs, averaging career-highs with 18.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.1 steals and 0.3 blocks per game. He also shot 42.5 percent from the field and 36.3 percent from behind the arc.
Bachura had 20 points or more in 14 games, scoring a season-high 31 twice - Dec. 12 against York and Feb. 10 against Kansas Wesleyan on Senior Day. He also had a pair of double-doubles - Nov. 1 against Manhattan Christian (17 points, 11 rebounds) and Jan. 17 against Bethany (30 points, 10 rebounds).
In KCAC play, Bachura averaged 19.8 points per game to rank fourth in the league in scoring while shooting 44.3 percent from the field.
Through the end of the regular season, he ranks second in NAIA Division II with 99 made 3-pointers. Bachura also ranks fifth in NAIA Division II in 3-pointers made per game (3.3).
Bachura finished his career with 1,322 points, good for 11th place on McPherson’s all-time scoring chart. He has also posted the two highest single-season totals for made 3-pointers, setting a new mark this year with 99 after draining 92 a year ago.
Watts broke into the starting lineup in his second career game and never left, starting 29 of 30 games played while averaging 10.0 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.4 blocks per outing. He led the team in rebounding (189), while ranking second in total points (301) and blocks (12) and third in steals (25).
Watts also shot 47.6 percent (108-of-227) from the field.
In league play, Watts averaged 6.23 rebounds per game to rank ninth. He pulled down a season-high 14 rebounds against Kansas Wesleyan on Feb. 10 and had nine double-doubles overall.
McPherson finished 11-19 overall, placing ninth in the KCAC with an 8-14 mark. After a slow start, the Bulldogs won seven of its last nine games, including four in a row overall and the last five at home.