Wesleyan’s Vicentic named to MEC First team, Petrovic tabbed to Honorable Mention squad

Dusan Vicentic First Team

BRIDGEPORT — West Liberty's Dalton Bolon has been selected as the 2019-20 Mountain East Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year, while Fairmont State's Dale Bonner (Freshman of the Year) and Charleston's Dwaine Osborne (Coach of the Year) also received top honors from the league.

Bolon, a junior from Gnadenhutten, Ohio, averaged 19.6 points and 9.0 rebounds in helping West Liberty claim a third-straight MEC regular season title. The four-time MEC Player of the Week ranks third in the league in both scoring and rebounding, and leads the league free throw percentage and is second in three-point field goals made. Bolon has been particularly hot since the start of January posting 10 double-doubles and averaging 20.3 points and 10.6 rebounds. He currently ranks in the top 25 among active players with over 1,700 career points and is a first-team All-MEC player for a second-straight year.

Bonner, a native of Shaker Heights, started all 28 games in his first season at Fairmont State.

He leads all league freshmen in scoring with 17.6 points per game. He is third in the conference in assists (5.36) and is the league leader in steals with 2.36. Bonner He has four double-doubles on the year and scored 20 points or more in nine games this season. Bonner also became the first freshman to be named to the All-MEC first team.

Osborne is the MEC Coach of the Year for the second time in his career after leading Charleston to a 23-5 record and a runner-up finish in the MEC. The Golden Eagles cracked the NABC top 25 this year and were fifth in the most recent edition of the NCAA Atlantic Region rankings. Charleston was unbeaten in non-conference play (6-0) and comes into this week's MEC Tournament having won six-straight. 

The league also announced the 2019-20 all-conference teams. In addition to Bolon and Bonner, seven others were selected to the first team. Charleston's Drew Rackley earned the honor for a second-straight year, along with teammate Devon Robinson. West Virginia State's Glen Abram, Glenville State's Phil Bledsoe, West Virginia Wesleyan's Dusan Vicentic, Fairmont State's Cole VonHandorf and West Liberty's Will Yoakum also earned first-team honors.

Players from seven different institutions comprise the second team: Daniel Alexander (Frostburg State), Kenzie Melko-Marshall (Fairmont State), Lamont McManus (Charleston), DeAnthony Owens (Notre Dame), Anthony Pittman (West Virginia State), Jordan Reid (Wheeling) and Pat Robinson (West Liberty).

Davis & Elkins' Donte Doleman, West Liberty's Luke Dyer, West Virginia State's Jeremiah Moore and West Virginia Wesleyan's Luka Petrovic earned honorable mention accolades.

The All-MEC teams are selected by a vote of the league's coaches.

2020 All-MEC First Team

Name School Cl. Pos. Ht.

Glen Abram W.Va. State Jr. G 6-1

Phil Bledsoe Glenville State Sr. F 6-6

Dalton Bolon* West Liberty Jr. G 6-4

Dale Bonner Fairmont State Fr. G 6-3

Drew Rackley* Charleston Sr. G 6-2

Devon Robinson Charleston Sr. F 6-4

Dusan Vicentic W.Va. Wesleyan Sr. F 6-9

Cole Von Handorf Fairmont State Jr. G 6-2

Will Yoakum West Liberty So. G 6-5

* First team in 2019

2020 All-MEC Second Team

Name School Cl. Pos. Ht.

Daniel Alexander Frostburg State Sr. G/F 6-2

Kenzie Melko-MarshallFairmont State Jr. F 6-4

Lamont McManus Charleston Jr. C 6-6

DeAnthony Owens Notre Dame Sr. G 6-4

Anthony Pittman W.Va. State Fr.  6-5

Jordan Reid Wheeling Jr. G 6-1

Pat Robinson West Liberty So. G 6-3

2020 All-MEC Honorable Mention

Name School Cl. Pos. Ht.

Donte Doleman Davis & Elkins Sr. G 6-0

Luke Dyer West Liberty Jr. G 5-11

Jeremiah Moore W.Va. State Jr. F 6-6

Luka Petrovic W.Va. Wesleyan Sr. G 6-6

Player of the Year: Dalton Bolon (West Liberty)

Freshman of the Year: Dale Bonner (Fairmont State)

Coach of the Year: Dwaine Osborne (Charleston)


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