Cowley College freshman Dalen Ridgnal and sophomore Deng Bol, who helped the men’s basketball team to earn its first bid to the NJCAA National Tournament in more than 60 years, were recognized with All-Region VI selections.
Ridgnal was named to the first team and Bol received third-team recognition.
Ridgnal, who was the Jayhawk East Freshman of the Year, recorded 20 double-doubles and averaged 16.4 points and 10.6 rebounds per game. He was the lone freshman named to either the first or second team.
“What an honor for Dalen to receive the third-most votes in one of the toughest regions in junior college basketball,” Cowley coach Tommy DeSalme said. ”This is a great honor for him and also a team award, and sets him up for another great season next year. He will have an opportunity to leave his mark at Cowley.”
Bol, who was the Jayhawk East Defensive Player of the Year, averaged 9.8 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game.
“I am really proud of Deng,” DeSalme said. “The coaches in the region know what an elite player he is. He is one of my favorite players I have ever coached. His true personality came out this year and he was a leader from day one. As special as he was, he will be tough to replace.”
Both Ridgnal and Bol were also named to the Region VI All-Tournament team.
Despite the toughest schedule in the country, the Tigers (26-6) earned the No. 19 seed in the national tournament. Cowley led the nation in scoring at 109.8 points per game and captured the Jayhawk East title for the first time since the 2009-10 season.