WICHITA — Being named KCAC Player of the Year was only a warm-up for Friends University’s Joe Mitchell.
On Wednesday, Mitchell was selected NAIA Division II National Player of the Year.
The 6-foot-1 senior guard from Wichita was the nation’s leading scorer at 32.2 points per game and led Friends to its greatest season ever with a KCAC regular-season title and an extended stay in the NAIA Division II quarterfinals, where the Falcons lost to eventual national champion Indiana Wesleyan. The Falcons finished the year 27-7.
Mitchell led the KCAC with 4.7 assists, and he averaged 5.1 rebounds. He scored more than 40 points six times, with his season-high of 45 coming in a 111-103 win over Bethany on Feb. 13.
As posted earlier, Bethany’s Idris IbnIdris was a second-team pick, while Saint Mary’s Grant Greenberg, Southwestern’s Cameron Clark and Ottawa’s Julian Rose were honorable mention. Mitchell, IbnIdris, Greenberg, Clark and Rose made up the All-KCAC first team this season.