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Feb. 27, 2018KANSAS CITY, Mo.

Pitts becomes 3-time MIAA Player of the Year

After capping the regular season with another MIAA Championship, Northwest senior point guard Justin Pitts garnered top accolades from the conference.

Despite being slowed by injury, Pitts dazzled throughout the regular season averaging 19.1 points, 5 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game. The Blue Springs native also broke the Northwest single-game record for three-pointers against Northeastern State on November 30 going 10-13 from beyond the arc.

Throughout his career, Pitts has also become the Bearcats all-time leader in single-season points (754 in 2016-17), career points (2,407 and counting), single-season assists (183 in 2016-17), career assists (561 and counting), single-season field goals (275 in 2016-17) and career field goals (870 and counting).

Joining Pitts on the All-MIAA team, Chris-Ebou Ndow was named to the second team, and Brett Dougherty and Joey Witthus were named to the third team. Dougherty was also featured on the MIAA All-Defense squad for the first time.

The Bearcats claimed an outright league title with a win over Lincoln last weekend, and head into the postseason with a 24-3 overall record, 16-3 MIAA.

The full All-MIAA team is below:

Player of the Year
Justin Pitts, Sr., Northwest Missouri

Defensive Player of the Year
Brady Skeens, Sr., Washburn

Freshman of the Year
Chris Rossow, Fr., Southwest Baptist

Coach of the Year
Jeff Boschee, Missouri Southern

All-MIAA First Team
CJ Carr, Sr., Missouri Southern
Trey Lansman, Sr., Nebraska-Kearney
Justin Pitts, Sr., Northwest Missouri
Spencer Reaves, Sr., Central Missouri
Brady Skeens, Sr., Washburn

All-MIAA Second Team
Corbin Byford, Sr., Central Oklahoma
Elyjah Clark, So., Missouri Southern
Hadley Gillum, Sr., Fort Hays
Logan Hovey, Sr., Southwest Baptist
Chris-Ebou Ndow, Sr., Northwest Missouri

All-MIAA Third Team
Xavier Adams, Sr., Pittsburg State
Brett Dougherty, Sr., Northwest Missouri
Jakob Lowrance, Jr., Central Missouri
Terrance Smith, Jr., Lincoln
Joey Witthus, Jr., Northwest Missouri

All-Defensive Team
CJ Carr, Sr., Missouri Southern
Brett Dougherty, Sr., Northwest Missouri
Jake Hammond, Sr., Central Oklahoma
DJ Richardson, Sr., Central Missouri
Brady Skeens, Sr., Washburn

Honorable Mention All-MIAA
DJ Richardson, Sr., Central Missouri
Marqueese Grayson, Sr., Central Oklahoma
Brandon Hall, Jr., Emporia State
Stephaun Limuel, Sr., Emporia State
Amariontez Ivory, Jr., Lincoln
Maurice Mason, Sr., Lincoln
Chandler Diekvoss, Jr., Lindenwood
Brad Newman, Jr., Lindenwood
Jackson Price, Jr., Lindenwood
Kinzer Lambert, So., Missouri Southern
Lavon Hightower, Jr., Missouri Western
Ty Danielson, Sr., Nebraska-Kearney
Lane Rohrich, Sr., Nebraska-Kearney
Jamir Andrews, Gr., Northeastern State
Donovan Franklin, Jr., Pittsburg State
Javion Blake, Jr., Washburn