Two former Yancey County basketball standouts, Alex Biggerstaff and Will Buckner, have received postseason awards from the Appalachian Athletic Conference.
Buckner (who is a Christ School graduate) was named to the AAC all-freshmen team and Biggerstaff (a Mountain Heritage alum) earned all-academic honors.
More from their college, Milligan (Tenn.):
MILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tenn. (Feb. 24, 2016) – Seniors Julian Bailey and Kurt Brooks have earned spots on the Appalachian Athletic Conference All-Conference first team, as voted on by the AAC coaches and announced at the annual awards banquet Wednesday evening.
Additionally, Will Buckner earned a spot on the All-Freshmen team, Bailey was named to the AAC Champions of Character team, and Alex Biggerstaff and Milos Petrovic earned All-Academic status.
Bailey, who earned his second straight all-conference recognition after earning all-conference second team as a junior college transfer last season, was nearly an automatic double-double this year, leading the team and the AAC with 15 double-doubles. Bailey broke his career high in rebounding multiple times throughout the season, including games of 17 against St. Andrews University on Nov. 21, 18 at St. Andrews on Jan. 16, and a career-high 19 against Reinhardt University in the same game Brooks scored 34.
Bailey led the Buffaloes this year in five NAIA Division II categorical rankings, coming in third in offensive rebounds per game (3.8), fourth in total rebounds per game (11.1), and seventh in both defensive rebound per game (7.3) and total boards (289). He was 28th with a 55.2 field goal percentage. Additionally, Bailey’s 11.1 rebounding average per game was the highest for Milligan since Jeff Barnes averaged 10.3 in 2006-07. Bailey, who tied Brooks with 21 steals, was also second on the team and 13th in the conference in scoring average at 15.3 points per game.
Brooks, who was named to the conference all-tournament team last season, scored game-winning baskets in the final 10 seconds of games five times this year. He also reached the 1,000 career point mark in a win over Bluefield College (Feb. 3), Milligan’s first opponent in this year’s AAC tournament. Brooks scored a career-high 34 points on Jan. 13 against Reinhardt University and was fourth in the AAC with a team-leading 17.8 scoring average during the regular season, all while averaging 5.5 rebounds and two assists per contest.
Brooks currently has three double-doubles during his senior campaign, the only double-doubles of his career, and was also third on the team with 21 steals and first in the AAC (43rd in all of NAIA Division II) with 2.6 made 3-pointers per game. He was top 10 in the AAC in total 3-pointers made (second, 67), total points (seventh, 462), 3-point field goal percentage (seventh, 39.9 percent), free throw percentage (seventh, 79.3 percent) and defensive rebounds per game (seventh, 4.6).
Buckner became the 12th Buff selected to the all-freshmen team in the last 11 season, joining the likes of Gabriel Logan last season and Mickey Woods in 2012. Milligan has had at least one player selected to the all-freshmen team for all but one season since 2005-06.
Buckner finished his rookie campaign with a team-high 14 total blocks, which was good for the 17th highest total in the AAC and an average of .56 blocks per contest, which was 11th in the league. He was fourth on the Buffs’ with a 6.8 scoring average, fourth in both offensive rebounds, defensive rebounds and rebounding average, and was second with a 54.9-percent mark from the field.
With 18 straight double-digit scoring games entering the postseason, Brooks led Milligan with 24 double-digit efforts, failing to reach 10 or more points only twice, while Bailey reached the mark 23 times. Brooks also led Milligan with 10 games of 20 points or more while Bailey did so four times.
Bailey also recorded a team-best 17 double-doubles during the regular season and made eight or more field goals a team-best eight times, including a career-high and team high this season with 11 on Feb. 10 against Johnson University. Brooks led the Buffs with 13 games of sinking three or more 3-pointers and nine games of connecting on six or more free throws, including hitting 11-of-15 in his 34-point game against Reinhardt. Buckner, meanwhile, scored 10 or more points seven times, including a career-high of 18 on Nov. 18 at Tennessee Wesleyan College.