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2017 All-MAC accolades announced: Hamilton All-MAC Second Team, Caruthers All-Defensive team, Massinburg honorable mention

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The Mid-American Conference announced today their All-MAC accolades for men’s basketball. Buffalo saw three of its players be recognized by the conference: Blake Hamilton for All-MAC Second Team, CJ Massinburg for All-MAC Honorable Mention, and Dontay Caruthers for All-MAC Defensive Team.

En route to an All-MAC Second Team accolade, Blake Hamilton finished the regular season with 17.5 points (good for 6th in the conference), 6.2 boards (14th), and 4.5 assists per game (5th). Restrict his numbers to MAC play, and his assists per game goes up to 5.1 APG (2nd in the conference).

With the above being said, Hamilton is a snub from the All-MAC first team. He is by far the most all-around player and he isn’t a point guard. In comparison to guard-counterparts in the All-MAC selection, Jaaron Simmons was 13th, 50th, and 1st in PPG, RPG, and APG respectively. Thomas Wilder — another First All-MAC selection — was 4th, 39th, and 9th.

The biggest accolade a UB player received was Dontay Caruthers being named to the All-MAC Defensive team. The redshirt-sophomore is fifth in the nation at steal percentage and has locked down numerous guards in the MAC. His speed has been enough to draw a significant amount of charges this year.

Massinburg rounds things out with All-MAC Honorable Mention. The Dallas, Texas native finished the regular season with 14.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per game.

The Mid-American Conference will announce freshman of the year and defensive player of the year tomorrow. The rest of the All-MAC recipients can be found here.