AB’s Kline, Zimmerman honored by G-MAC

PHILIPPI – Alderson Broaddus’ Adam Kline and Greg Zimmerman earned the G-MAC’s top honors on Tuesday.

Kline, a senior forward, was named the league’s Player of the Year, while Zimmerman was awarded the Coach of the Year.

The Battlers’ Malcolm Tatum also earned first-team honors, along with Davis & Elkins’ Devin Miller, Kentucky Wesleyan’s Ken-Jah Bosley and Central State’s LeDonte Body.

AB’s Thylas Perkins and Richard Lemon were honorable mention choices.

The lone senior for the Battlers, Kline compiled numerous regular-season awards and was nationally ranked in several individual categories. He was selected a conference-leading three times as the G-MAC Men’s Basketball Athlete of the Week and also garnered Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) D-II Player of the Week honors. He paced the conference in double-doubles (16), rebounding (284) and field goal percentage (.675). Kline ranked sixth nationally in the NCAA Division II in double-doubles, field goal percentage, 10th in rebounds per game and 11th in total rebounds.

Tatum started all 26 games for the Battlers, averaging a team high 14.9 points per game and dishing out a team-best 94 assists.

“Adam Kline is very deserving,” Zimmerman said. “He has worked as hard, and has been as good of a leader as we have had since I have been here. His level of player has made everyone else so much better. I wouldn’t trade Malcolm for any guard in the conference and he is very deserving. Richard and Thylas are very deserving also.”

Miller, meanwhile, topped the G-MAC in total points with 544, and ranked second in points per game at 19.4. The Oxon Hill, Md., native shot 50 percent from the field (11th in the conference) and registered five double-doubles. Miller posted 13 games with 20 or more points, including a career-best 41-point effort at West Virginia State.

Zimmerman led the Battlers to a 21-5 overall record, a 13-1 conference mark and the G-MAC regular-season championship in the school’s first season in the conference.

AB will host the G-MAC postseason tournament, which begins at noon on Thursday. The top-seed Battlers will face No. 8 Ohio Valley at 6 p.m.. while fifth-seed D&E will battle No. 4 Cedarville at 8:30 p.m.

No. 6 Salem International will meet No. 3 Central State at noon Thursday and No. 7 Trevecca Nazarene tangles with No. 2 Kentucky Wesleyan at 2:30 p.m. in the other quarterfinal matchups.