HPU’s Chaney named CBSSports.com Comeback Player of Year
HPU graduate student Allan Chaney (Baltimore, Md.) was named CBSSports.com Comeback Player of the Year, it was announced on Wednesday. Chaney averaged 14.4 points and 8.0 rebounds after missing three full seasons with a life-threatening heart issue. He has eligibility for the 2013-14 season.
Chaney was named to the All-Big South second team after leading High Point in both scoring and rebounding in Big South games, averaging 14.9 ppg and 7.9 rpg. Entering postseason tournaments, Chaney ranked 12th in Big South scoring (14.4 ppg), fifth in rebounding (8.0 rpg), third in field-goal percentage (52.0), fourth in blocks per game (1.3) and fifth in free-throw percentage (81.6).
He was one of only six Big South players with three games of 20 points, 10 rebounds and scored in double-digits 23 times. Chaney went 8-for-8 from the free throw line in two different games. Chaney was also an above-average shot blocker for the Panthers. His 37 blocks this season rank seventh in HPU annals and he is averaging a team-high 1.3 blocks per game.
In the spring of 2010, Chaney experienced a life-threatening heart problem called viral myrocarditis. He was forced to sit out the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons before being medically cleared to play in May 2012. He had already missed the 2009-10 season when he transferred from the University of Florida to Virginia Tech.
Chaney graduated from Virginia Tech in 2012 with a degree in apparel, housing and resource management. He transferred to High Point University last summer and enrolled in HPU’s master’s degree program in nonprofit management. The NCAA granted Chaney relief from the one-time-transfer exception rule as well as a sixth season of eligibility.
Chaney helped lead High Point to its best season since joining NCAA Div. I in 1999-2000. The Panthers won their first Big South title, taking the Big South North Division trophy, and set a program record with 12 Big South wins. The Panthers went 12-4 in the Big South, tying South Division champ Charleston Southern for the best record in league play.
High Point played UC Irvine in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament late Wednesday in Irvine, Calif. See story at hpe.com and look for full coverage in Friday’s print edition of The High Point Enterprise.
MARQUETTE TAKES ON RED-HOT DAVIDSON
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Marquette had to do many things right to earn a piece of the Big East Conference regular season title and a No. 3 seed in the NCAA tournament.
One thing coach Buzz Williams says his team didn’t do was play a complete game, which the Golden Eagles will likely need to beat surging Davidson in today’s second-round East Regional game.
Fourteenth-seeded Davidson (26-7) has won 17 games in a row, a streak powered by a potent offense, especially from 3-point range.
The Golden Eagles (23-8), who have won four of five, believe having had to fight for a share of the Big East crown with Louisville and Georgetown has them prepared to play against a variety of styles. They’ll get a chance to prove it against the tough, disciplined Wildcats.
NEW MEXICO COACH ALFORD GETS NEW 10-YEAR DEAL
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico basketball coach Steve Alford has agreed to a new 10-year contract that could bring him up to $2 million per season including base salary, bonuses and incentives.
UNM Vice President of Athletics Paul Krebs announced the deal Wednesday prior to the team’s practice at the NCAA tournament in Salt Lake City, where they play Harvard today.
The Lobos are in the NCAA tournament for the third time in four years and their 29 wins this season are the second-most in school history. New Mexico has won 155 games under Alford, the only coach in school history to win 22 games in each of his first six seasons. The new contract will take Alford through the 2022-23 season, which would make him the school’s longest tenured coach.