Heard, Bowman named All-OAC
Quaker duo fueled WC's tournament run
February 27, 2012
Malcolm Heard II (at left) and Antonio Bowman have been named to the All-Ohio Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Team.
AUSTINTOWN — Malcolm Heard II and Antonio Bowman have been named to the All-Ohio Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Team, the league office announced today.
Heard was a first team selection while Bowman was named to the second team.
“I think that individual recognition comes along with team success,” Wilmington head coach K.C Hunt said. “We ask our guys to sacrifice up-front, to pass up shots they were used to shooting in high school, or be a better rebounder or take more charges. Individual awards, to me, are a product of our overall team success.”
Heard (Wilmington) had a monster season. The sophomore forward averaged 14.7 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. He shot 61 percent from the field to lead the OAC and rank in the top-15 nationally. He also was among the conference’s leaders with 42 blocked shots. The All-OAC award is his first.
“I don’t think I have seen a guy, while I’ve been coaching at Wilmington, that has the physical presence that he has. He commands double teams. He commands everybody’s attention every time he touches the ball because something is going to happen, and it’s probably going to be good for us. This young man is only scratching the surface on how good he can be as a basketball player. With more work and another summer, I expect him to be even better next year,” Hunt said.
Bowman (Columbus/Whetstone) was the driving force behind Wilmington’s run to the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament final. The senior point guard averaged 15.6 points and 2.4 assists per game. His 44 steals ranked second on the team. Bowman was an honorable mention pick in 2011. He scored 1,107 points in his career to rank No. 17 on the WC all-time list. He also handed out 306 assists.
“Antonio and I have grown up together,” Hunt said. “We’ve watched each other change as a coach and as a player. I couldn’t be more proud of his effort this year. He fully believed in and bought into what we were trying to do this year. He was a great teammate who made everybody around him better. He became a true point guard, and that’s why we were able to make the run that we did.”