ASUN Freshman of the Year:
6’3 Guard Rob Perry, Stetson University
Stats: 15.8 ppg/5.0 rpg
Rob has been the staple of a Hatter offense that is much improved. Perry doesn’t play like a freshman and has a the intangibles of a 4 year leader for Coach Donnie Jones. His shot is tough to defend because he gets rid of the ball so fast.
ASUN Player of the Year:
6’10 SO C Ahsan Asadullah, Lipscomb University
Stats: 16.4 ppg/9.2 rpg
Asadullah is a complete beast at Center and has made substantial leaps in his 2nd season in Nashville. With the roster turnover at Lipscomb, we weren’t sure who would return but Ahsan has responded and been a complete player in the post for a young Bisons team.
Caleb Homesley is a close 2nd place right now and could emerge as the ASUN POTY by the time the season is over if Asadullah slows down the pace he is on.
Best Guard in ASUN:
5’9 JR G Zach Cooks, NJIT
Stats: 19.4 ppg
Zach plays out of his mind when the ball is in his hands. His game is inside where he attacks the basket at 5’9 and takes on the forwards and front court of every team when he drives. He has been the best guard on the court for NJIT this season and having Senior Guard Shyquan Gibbs out there with him gives a defense so many looks to have to defend. Cooks gets his points and it’s always a treat to watch him and his ability to take over a game.
ASUN Coach of the Year:
Donnie Jones, Stetson University
1st year Head Coach bringing the winning culture back to Deland. In past was Head Coach for UCF and had multiple jobs as an assistant coach for Wichita State and Dayton.
Stetson was picked to finish last in ASUN in preseason coaches and media poll.
Biggest surprise team?
The Hatters were picked to finish last in the ASUN preseason poll, but they flipped the script with a statement win over Liberty at home and victories over UNA and JU on the road.
The Eagles were picked to finish 3rd in the ASUN preseason poll, the Eagles have frustrated their fans with a 4-4 record in conference play including losses to UNA on the road and NJIT at home. The Eagles do have two ASUN road wins this season vs Stetson and Jacksonville but you think what could have been with a few more wins in conference play.