CHICAGO --- For the second year in a row, 2013-14 regular-season champion and tournament runnerup Cardinal Stritch University and regular-season runnerup and tournament champion Saint Xavier University headlined the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men's Basketball post-season honor roll when the league made the announcement early Saturday evening.
Both schools as well as Robert Morris University garnered three spots each on the 20-member all-conference team with Cardinal Stritch gaining two positions on the five-member first team and one on the 10-member honorable mention squad. Saint Xavier boasted one first-team selection and two picks on the five-member second team, while Robert Morris had one first-team choice and a pair of honorable mention selections.
Two other awards also came the way of NAIA No. 1-ranked Cardinal Stritch with senior guard Derek Semenas (Rosendale, Wis.) being named the CCAC Player of the Year and head coach Drew Diener earning CCAC Coach of the Year status.
Semenas, a three-time first-team choice, led the league in scoring this winter averaging 25.8 points per game in 19 conference contests, while ranking second in three-point field goals made (2.8 per game), fifth in three-point field goal percentage (.417) and tied for seventh in assists per game (3.3). He also finished in a tie for 11th in rebounding averaging 6.2 boards per game.
Diener was recognized with the top coaching honors for the fifth straight year, the same number of seasons that he has led the Cardinal Stritch program.
Semenas was joined by teammate Tony Smit (Fond du Lac, Wis.) on the first team as was another recognizable name in Saint Xavier's Brad Karp (Valparaiso, Ind.). Karp capped off his career with his fourth straight selection on the first team. Olivet Nazarene University's Aaron Larson (Tolono, Ill.) and Robert Morris University's Jarrell Turner (Chicago, Ill.) rounded out the first team.
Among other honors, Trinity Christian College's Jared Jones (Waukee, Iowa) was named the CCAC Freshman of the Year and him and his teammates were recognized as the CCAC Champions of Character Team for men's basketball. Jones led the league with an average of 3.6 three-pointers made per conference game, while ranking second in free throw accuracy (.873), fourth in scoring (18.2 ppg) and eighth in three-point field goal percentage (.415). He also claimed honorable-mention status on the all-conference squad.
A total of 10 schools had at least one representative on the all-conference squad. Following the three selections from Cardinal Stritch, Saint Xavier and Robert Morris were two nods each for players from Holy Cross College, Olivet Nazarene, Purdue University Calumet and University of St. Francis. Calumet College of St. Joseph, Roosevelt University and Trinity Christian each had one selection.
For a complete list of the conference award recipients, go to http://www.ccacsports.com/awards/12/8.php