The honors continued to pile up for Idaho senior men’s basketball player Stephen Madison this Sunday as Madison was recognized for his outstanding season with first-team all-Western Athletic Conference honors following a 2013-2014 campaign that saw him receive the “Player of the Week” honor from the WAC a record setting five times.
Leading the league in scoring and landing fourth among his peers in rebounding, Madison averaged 19.9 points and 7.6 rebounds a game for the Vandals this season. Madison also found himself ranked in the league’s top 15 in field goal percentage (ranked 10th at 48%), assists (ranked 13th at 2.45 per game), and free throw percentage (ranked 11th at 74.4%).
While Madison’s overall numbers are impressive, his totals in conference play are just as remarkable. His 21.9 points per game led the WAC, while he ranked seventh in steals, 12th in field goal percentage, 13th in free throw percentage, and fifth in rebounding.
The most notable game of the season for Madison may have been his career high 42 points scored in Idaho’s 89-88 loss to Utah Valley this past February. His 42 points were the most scored by a WAC player in a game this season and places him third on Idaho’s list of most points in a single game in program history. Scoring wasn’t an issue this year for the senior as Madison’s season included 14 games of scoring 20 or more points.
Madison, a native of Portland, Ore, will finish his career as the all-time leader in games played at Idaho (126 and counting) and could finish as high as second in school history in career points. Sitting at four among the top point scorers at 1,556, Madison would need 15 points to pass Kenny Luckett (85-88) for third and 30 to pass Brian Kellerman (80-85) for second. Along with his pure scoring, Madison ranks 10th in career rebounds with 619. On a season level, his 242 free throws attempted and 180 free throws made are already season records for the Vandals. His 616 points this season are the fifth on the program’s single-season high list, with the potential of moving higher if Idaho was to have a successful post-season.
Joining Madison on the all-WAC first team is Utah Valley’s Ben Aird and Holton Hunsaker, Grand Canyon’s Killian Larson, and New Mexico State’s Daniel Mullings. Mullings was also announced as WAC Player of the Year on Sunday, an award voted on by the conference’s head coaches.
The all-WAC second team consisted of Chicago State’s Quinton Pippen, Grand Canyon’s Jerome Garrison, NMSU’s Tshilidzi Nephawe, Bakersfield’s Issiah Grayson, and Isiah Umipig of Seattle U. Other honors included Utah Valley’s coach Dick Hunsaker being named WAC Coach of the Year and Kansas City’s Martez Harrison was recognized as the WAC Freshman of the Year.
Tournament play for the WAC begins on Mar. 13 in Las Vegas, Nev. at the Orleans Arena. The Vandals, who are the fifth seed, will take on fourth seeded the University of Missouri-Kansas City in the quarterfinals. Idaho is 1-1 this season against UMKC, with the Vandals winning the last meeting 87-80 this past weekend.
The Vandals haven’t won a WAC tournament game since joining the WAC in 2005.
Courtesy: Idaho Athletic Media Relations