By Kyle Lovern
March 19, 2014
MONTGOMERY, W. Va. - The Association of Independent Associations (A.I.I.) announced that WVU Tech senior guard Brandon Burgraff, senior forward Stephen Coles and junior guard Leon Cooper, Jr. have earned A.I.I. Division I Men’s Basketball All-Conference Team honors.
Coles, who earned first team accolades, started in all 16 games played in this season and averaged 18.7 points, 11.2 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game while shooting 50.6 percent from the field and 56.6 percent from the foul line. The Danville, Va. native led the Golden Bears in points per game and rebounds per game.
He recorded 10 double-doubles on the season, recording career-highs on Feb. 22 vs. Barber-Scotia with 22 points, Jan. 23 vs. Washington Adventist with 18 rebounds and Feb. 5 vs. Ohio Valley with six blocks.
Burgraff, who was named second team, is a three-year starter for Tech and had a career year as a senior. The senior averaged 15.0 points per game, the second best on the team and leads in points scored with 435. His 31 points and 10 three-pointers made Nov. 19 vs. WVU Parkersburg and eight free throws made Nov. 20 vs. Fairmont University were both career-highs.
The Matewan, W. Va. native was 41.3 percent (102-of-247) from the three-point line this season, ranking fifth in the Nation (NAIA DI) for total three-point field goals made and three-point field goals made per game (3.290). On the season, Burgraff had five or more three-pointers in a game eight times and at least 15 points on 18 occasions.
Cooper was voted into honorable mention for his 2013-14 efforts. The Freeport, Bahamas native averaged 13.1 points per game and ended the season with a dunk highlight reel any Golden Bear fan would enjoy.
Leon recorded career-highs of 21 points on March 8 against Cal-State San Marcos, 12 rebounds Jan. 10 against Lindenwood-Belleville and seven assists on Feb. 1 vs. Davis & Elkins. Cooper led the Golden Bears in blocks per game with 0.57, recording 16 total as a junior.
Coles was also named to the All-Tournament team at the conclusion of the A.I.I. Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament on March 9 in Marietta, Ga.
WVU Tech ended its season with a winning record of 19-13.