Hiram College men’s basketball player and senior guard Jamaal Watkins (South Euclid/Brush) and Terrier women’s basketball player and senior guard Tiffany Shields (Bedford Heights/Bedford) have both been named to the 2012 All-North Coast Athletic Conference Teams that were released today (Monday, Feb. 27). [2012 Men’s Basketball All-NCAC Team] [2012 Women’s Basketball All-NCAC Team]
Watkins capped a career year with his first All-NCAC selection and was a first-team pick. He becomes just the second Terrier men’s player to earn first-team accolades since joining the NCAC. This season, the Terriers finished the season with a 14-12 overall record and made their ninth conference tournament appearance.
Individually, Watkins led the team and was second in the NCAC in scoring average at 20.1 points per game. His 20.1 ppg. scoring average puts him in a tie for eighth all-time in program history in a single-season and his 522 points this year ranks fifth best in a single-season. He shot a team-best 56.0 percent (223-of-398) from the floor and had the fourth-best shooting percentage in the NCAC. In addition, Watkins led the team in free-throws made (75), free-throws attempted (107), blocked shots (20) and steals (30). He averaged a career-high 7.5 rebounds per game, which ranked second on the team and was also amongst the league leaders, and had a single-season high 58 assists.
For his career, Watkins played in 94 games primarily as a bench player before becoming a starter this past season. He ends his career with 848 points while shooting an impressive 55.9 percent from the floor in four seasons. His shooting percentage is the third-best all-time in program history. Watkins also recorded 411 career rebounds (4.4 rpg.) to go along with 79 assists, 70 steals and 38 blocked shots.
Shields also ends her playing career with her first All-NCAC award with a second-team selection. As a team, Hiram was the sixth seed in the 2012 NCAC Tournament with a 9-17 overall record and 5-11 in the NCAC.
Shields played in all 26 games this season and started 25. She led the team in scoring with 333 points and averaged 12.8 points per game. She shot 36.4 percent (125-of-343) from the floor, including 30.8 percent (33-of-107) from three-point range and 58.8 percent (50-of-85) from the free-throw line. Shields also led the team in rebounding at 5.7 boards per game and blocked shots with 20. Her 20 blocks were ninth most in the NCAC this season. In addition, Shields was amongst the team leaders in assists (34) and steals (26).
For her career, Shields is tied for the all-time lead in games played with 103. She finishes with 973 points putting her tied for seventh all-time on the Hiram scoring list. She posted a 33.2 lifetime shooting percentage (371-of-1119) with her total attempts ranking sixth-most in program history and her made field goals are eighth best. Shields also shot 302 all-time three-pointers which are tied for third most in program history, while making 85 of those attempts which is the third highest all-time. In addition, she ranks in the Hiram all-time list in career blocks with 71 putting her in a tie for fifth. Shields recorded 399 rebounds in four years (3.9 rpg) to go along with 92 assists and 84 steals.