PIKEVILLE – On the eve of the 2014 Mid-South Conference Men’s Basketball Championship, conference officials announced the University of Pikeville’s Bruce Reed as the MSC Player of the Year and Kelly Wells as Coach of the Year.
Reed gives the Bears back-to-back conference players of the year after Jamar Briscoe took the honor last season. For Wells, it is his first MSC Coach of the Year award and the program’s first since the 2003-04 season.
Reed is one of 11 student-athletes selected by the conference coaches to the all-conference first-team. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players.
Additionally, 10 student-athletes were honored as All-MSC Second Team picks.
Reed concluded the regular season ranked in the league’s top five in seven statistical categories. He led the MSC in total blocks (56) and blocks per game (1.9) and is second in the conference in scoring (18.5).
The Olathe, Kan., native ranks fourth in field-goal percentage (55.1 percent) and fifth in free-throw percentage (79.3) and double-doubles (5). Nationally, Reed is sixth in total blocks and is 15th in field goal percentage.
Reed is a three-time Mid-South Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, capturing the honor in three consecutive award periods to end the regular season.
Wells was voted coach of the year by his peers after leading the Bears to a 17-1 conference record and the program’s first regular-season conference title since the 2000-01 season.
Second-ranked Pikeville (27-2) entered the conference tournament as the top seed. The Bears were facing No. 8 seed Lindsey Wilson on Thursday evening at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center in Lebanon, Tenn.
All five of UPIKE’s regular starters earned awards from the conference as Reed was joined on the All-MSC First Team by Chris Cantino, Keala King and Elisha Justice. Earning a spot on the second team was Josh Whitaker, who also earned Academic All-MSC honors for having at least a 3.25 GPA with at least sophomore academic status.