Heatherington chosen for All-AMC second team, All-AMC Freshmen Team
March 3, 2010
CEDARVILLE, Ohio – Point Park University freshman T.J. Heatherington was named to the All-American Mideast Conference second team after voting results from the league’s coaches were released Wednesday.
Heatherington, a 5-10 point guard, finished second in the AMC Freshman of the Year voting. The Serra Catholic High School graduate and native of McKeesport led Point Park with 15.9 points and 5.9 assists per game as a true freshman.
Heatherington, who started all 23 games that he played, ranked fifth in the NAIA Division II and second in the AMC in assists per game.
The former two-time all-state selection in high school was edged out for the conference’s top freshman honor by Shawnee State forward Tyler Morgan. A 6-4 forward, Morgan averaged 14.6 points and 8.0 rebounds per game while starting all 29 games for the Bears (8-21, 5-11 AMC).
Heatherington and Morgan were among the 10 players chosen for the All-AMC Freshmen Team.
Heatherington is the first Point Park freshman to earn his way onto the All-AMC second team since Dimitar Simovski was a first-team selection as a freshman in 2000-01. Simovski averaged 20.1 points and 7.3 assists per game that year, both freshman records at Point Park.
Heatherington was sixth in the AMC in scoring, three spots ahead of Morgan. Heatherington shot 79.8 percent from the foul line, which was good for fourth in the conference.
Heatherington was slowed by an ankle injury in the first week of the season, but he recovered fully. That injury forced him to missed two full games, and he played only a few minutes in two other contests.
Point Park’s leader in scoring reached double figures in all but four games, and in two of those he was sideline in the opening half with an injured ankle. In the second half of the year, Heatherington picked up his scoring average to 17.3 points per game over the last 15 games.
His career high of 26 points came in a win at Penn State-Fayette, and he tallied 24 points, eight rebounds and seven assists at Notre Dame (OH). He produced 14 points and a career-high 12 assists in a home win over Penn State-Fayette.
Absent from the All-AMC honors was Point Park senior center Gerald Warrick (Penn Hills/Penn Hills), who averaged 14.9 points and 11.0 rebounds per game in his first season with the Pioneers.
Warrick, 6-7, had to sit out the first semester after transferring from Edinboro. He played in 15 games – 14 of which were conference games – and was one of only four players in the league to average a double-double in points and rebounds. Although it was for only half the season, Warrick’s 11.0 boards per game were tops in the league.
Warrick posted nine double-doubles in 15 games, but he did not garner the one requisite vote needed to earn as much as an All-AMC honorable-mention selection. Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own players.
The All-AMC first and second teams were made up of 10 players each. The league coaches ranked the top 20 players, and the 10 players with the most votes were selected for the first team. A total of 13 players were named All-AMC honorable mention.
Ricky Jackson, a 6-8 forward, was named the AMC Player of the Year after leading Walsh (28-2, 15-1 AMC) to the top ranking in the nation and the No. 1 overall seed in next week’s NAIA Division II Tournament. A senior transfer from Cleveland State, Jackson was also named the AMC Newcomer of the Year.
Walsh’s Jeff Young was named the AMC Coach of the Year for taking the Cavaliers to a victory in the AMC Championship Game and the AMC South Division title.
Point Park (9-16, 5-11 AMC) returns three starters for next season, which will be Bob Rager’s 22nd year as head coach at his alma mater. The Pioneers, who had only two seniors, were fifth of six teams in the AMC North Division.