ODAC Announces 2022-23 All-ODAC Men's Basketball Awards

ODAC Announces 2022-23 All-ODAC Men's Basketball Awards

FOREST, Va. --- Nationally second-ranked Randolph-Macon College saw athletes earn three special awards while #20 Hampden-Sydney College and Roanoke College tied for league-most with three all-conference honorees plus one special plaudit each to headline the 2022-23 All-ODAC Men's Basketball Awards.

Yellow Jackets forward Miles Mallory earned Kurt Axe Player of the Year laurels in addition to his second straight ODAC Defensive Player of the Year plaque. Teammate and first-year guard Jabril Robinson claimed ODAC Rookie of the Year recognition. Tigers mentor Caleb Kimbrough received Bob Johnson Coach of the Year accolades in a vote of his peers. Maroons guard/forward Kasey Draper garnered his second straight distinction as the ODAC/Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete of the Year from the conference's athletic communications personnel.

For the second straight year, half of the 2022-23 All-ODAC lists feature players that have garnered all-league recognition for at least the second straight season. That includes 5-of-6 members of the All-ODAC First Team. Mallory and Draper repeat as first teamers, while Guilford College guard Tyler Dearman is joined by R-MC playmaker Josh Talbert and Washington and Lee University forward Robert DiSibio in moving up from last year's All-ODAC Second Team to the first team.

Bridgewater College point guard Shod Smith -- last season's ODAC Rookie of the Year -- moves to the second team from the 2021-22 All-ODAC Third Team. Teammate Alec Topper is a third team forward for the second time in as many years. Hampden-Sydney guard Ryan Clements is a third team pick after appearing on the second team last season, and Roanoke guard Efosa U-Edosomwan is a third team honoree for the second straight year.

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Mallory, a senior from Beltsville, Md., is now a three-time All-ODAC honoree and is the first winner of both the Kurt Axe Player of the Year and ODAC Defensive Player of the Year awards since the league began recognizing the latter honor in 2018-19. Mallory returns to the Salem Civic Center leading the conference in rebounding (8.8), total rebounds (219), and blocked shots (72). He is third in field goal shooting (56.1%), offensive rebounds (78), and defensive boards (141) and is fourth in field goals made (157-of-280). He is sixth in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.3) and seventh in scoring (15.2) and points scored (380). Mallory has posted nine double-doubles including a season-high with 15 boards in a win over Maryville (Tenn.)(81-68). He has posted 15 games with three or more blocked shots featuring a season-best seven rejections in a 79-37 triumph over Stockton. Mallory looks to add to his ODAC and Randolph-Macon career-records for blocked shots, which currently sits at 261 entering the quarterfinals.

Kimbrough is in his fourth season guiding the Hampden-Sydney basketball program. The former point guard at Guilford under head coach Tom Palombo enjoys his first ODAC top coaching award. He has guided Hampden-Sydney to the second seed in the ODAC Tournament following a 14-2 conference record, an improvement of six wins over last season. The Tigers are 20-5 overall entering the postseason -- the program's first 20-win season since 2012-13 -- again representing a half-dozen more victories than in 2021-22. H-SC slotted fourth in Region VI in the latest (2/19/23) regional rankings published by the Division III Men's Basketball Championship Committee. Kimbrough heads to Salem with a 76-73 (.510) overall record in seven seasons including 50-33 (.602) at Hampden-Sydney.

Robinson, a freshman from Derwood, Md., has done something pretty rare in starting all 23 games he played for the defending Division III champions as a first-year player. Robinson has helped keep the Yellow Jackets offense churning in an efficient manner with 72 assists to rank ninth in the ODAC and a 2.6 assist-to-turnover ratio as the fourth-best mark in the conference. He is averaging 8.0 points per game and shoots 74.1 percent (20-of-27) from the foul line. Robinson twice registered a season-high 15 points in wins over Lancaster Bible College (82-60) and at Bridgewater College (83-67). He has posted three or more assists in 10 games including season-highs of eight dimes against LBC and BC.

Draper, a senior from Roanoke, Va., stars on and off the floor as the now two-time ODAC/Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete is also a two-time All-ODAC First Team honoree. Draper, a nominee for the 2022 Jostens Trophy, maintains a 4.0 grade point average as a business administration major with a concentration in marketing and minor in Spanish. He is a seven-time honoree on Roanoke's President's List and a three-time All-ODAC Academic Team member. An Academic All-American as named by then CoSIDA (now College Sports Communicators), Draper was also tabbed to the NABC Honors Court. He is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa (leadership) and Delta Mu Delta (business) honor societies, the latter of which he serves as Roanoke's chapter secretary.

On the court, Draper entered the 2022-23 season riding a 41-game streak of scoring in double figures dating back to the 2019-20 season. He extended that run through the first seven games this year before seeing it end after 48 consecutive outings of 10 or more points scored. Draper is currently second in the ODAC in free throws made (104-of-142). He is fourth in points scored (414) and tied for fifth in scoring (16.6). He is ninth in three-point shooting (41.0% on 34-of-83). Draper has registered double figures in scoring in 20-of-25 games played this year with eight contests of 20 or more points including a season-high 33 markers in a win at Shenandoah University (82-66)

Listed below is the complete set of 2022-23 All-ODAC Men's Basketball Awards. For more information, visit the websites of any of the participating schools, or go to the ODAC's home on the Internet at www.odaconline.com. Don't forget to become a fan of the ODAC on Facebook and follow @odacathletics on Twitter and Instagram.

Kurt Axe Player of the Year:
Miles Mallory, Sr., F, Randolph-Macon
ODAC Defensive Player of the Year: Miles Mallory, Sr., F, Randolph-Macon
Bob Johnson Coach of the Year: Caleb Kimbrough, Hampden-Sydney
ODAC Rookie of the Year: Jabril Robinson, Fr., G, Randolph-Macon
ODAC/Va. Farm Bureau Scholar-Athlete: Kasey Draper, Sr., G/F, Roanoke

Tyler Dearman ^ Sr. G Guilford College
Davidson Hubbard Jr. F Hampden-Sydney College
Miles Mallory * Sr. F Randolph-Macon College
Josh Talbert ^ Sr. G Randolph-Macon College
Kasey Draper * Sr. G/F Roanoke College
Robert DiSibio ^ Jr. F Washington and Lee University
Shod Smith + So. G Bridgewater College
Deshone Hicks Sr. G Ferrum College
Calvin Washington Jr. F Ferrum College
Adam Brazil Jr. G Hampden-Sydney College
Justin Kuthan Jr. F Roanoke College
Omari Deveaux So. G Virginia Wesleyan University
Alec Topper + Jr. F Bridgewater College
Jorden Davis Sr. G Guilford College
Ryan Clements ^ Sr. G Hampden-Sydney College
Danny Bickey Sr. G Randolph College
Efosa U-Edosomwan + Sr. G Roanoke College
Sam Wise Sr. G Washington and Lee University
* 2022 All-ODAC First Team
^ 2022 All-ODAC Second Team
+ 2023 All-ODAC Third Team