Clarksville, Ark.-U of O senior forward Michael Bollman was named the American Southwest Conference Men's Basketball East Division Co-Player of the Year and was one of three players who received conference honors from the league's 15 head coaches.
Bollman, a 6-7, 235-pound native of Clarksville, becomes the first Ozarks men’s basketball player to be named ASC Player of the Year. Bollman also garnered a spot on the All-ASC Team and the ASC All-East Division First Team. Bollman was runner-up in the league scoring crown after finishing with a 20.2 per game scoring average. Bollman proved to be a dominate inside force ranking ninth in the conference in rebounding (7.3) and eleventh in field goal percentage (55%). Bollman was the team leader in scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage and finished third in steals (1.3). Bollman shot 62 percent from the free throw line and 27 percent from the three-point line. He recorded five double-doubles during the season and led the Eagles in scoring in 14 of their 24 games. He recorded a season high 28 points against Mississippi College and Bluffton College and had a season-best 16 rebounds against Sul Ross State. He recorded eight or more rebounds in nine games and had 17 games with at least 20 points. Bollman received ASC East Division Player of the Week honors in January after averaging 24.6 points and 12.3 rebounds per game during a three-game stretch. Junior guard Mandrell Howell of North Little Rock was named to the All-East division second team for the second consecutive year while senior guard Ricky Johnson of North Little Rock was an honorable mention All-East Division pick for the second straight year. Howell, 6-2, finished sixth in the conference in scoring (17.8), twelfth in rebounding (6.5) and tenth in steals (1.7). Howell led the squad in scoring in eight games and scored 20 or more points in eleven games. Howell earned ASC East Division Player of the Week twice this season. Howell finished second on the team in scoring, rebounding and steals and third in assists (2.2) and free throw percentage (70%). Johnson, 6-1, finished tenth in the conference in three-pointers per game (1.4). Johnson averaged 10.3 points and hit 44-of-121 (36%) of his three-point attempts. He finished his career at Ozarks with 1,063 points.