Nike Sibande Named MAC Freshman of the Year

By Published: 3/6/2018 6:02:38 PM Custom Tag

Guard averaged 14.6 points per contest to lead RedHawks

Courtesy: Michael Roth
Assistant Athletic Communications Director

CLEVELAND – The Mid-American Conference announced some of its men’s basketball specialty awards on Monday. For Miami earning MAC Freshman of the Year was guard Nike Sibande. It is the second consecutive year and the fifth time all-time a member of the Red and White has earned that honor.

Sibande has been Miami’s leading scorer at 14.6 points per game. That increases to 15.1 points per contest in MAC-only games. The Red and White’s most consistent scorer, he has hit double figures in 26 out of 32 contests this season. Sibande has eight 20-point scoring efforts, including a career-high 23 against Ohio last Friday. Sibande is Miami’s fourth leading rebounder at 4.3 caroms per game, and is second on the team with 39 steals.

It was a very close vote among coaches and media members as Sibande and Bowling Green’s Justin Turner each garnered nine first place votes, while Ohio’s Teyvion Kirk received eight. Voters were allowed to choose their top three in the category and as a result Sibande finished with 58 points, beating Turner by two.

The RedHawks return to action on Thursday as they travel to Cleveland for the quarterfinals of the MAC Tournament. Miami will face second seed Toledo at 6:30 p.m. inside Quicken Loans Arena.

Published: 3/6/2018 6:02:38 PM Custom Tag