Battle named NAIA Honorable Mention Men's Basketball All-American
March 26, 2014
Former Morton College student-athlete Floyd Battle, a senior at St. Thomas University in Miami, Florida, has been an Honorable Mention 2013-14 NAIA Division II Men's Basketball All-American.
Battle helped lead the Bobcats to a second round appearance in the NAIA National Championships and a regular-season Sun Conference Championship under second-year Head Coach Patrick Gayle.
Battle, a 6-1 guard, led the Bobcats win scoring (15.3 ppg) and made three-pointers (47). On the defensive end, Battle ranked ninth in the nation and third in The Sun Conference with an average of 2.41 steals-per-game.
Battle, a first-team All-Conference selection, was named the NAIA National Player of the Week for the week ending Jan. 21 after scoring 24 points in a win over then-No. 1 Embry-Riddle. He followed that game with a career-best 28 points in a win at Northwood.
At Morton College, Battle was the co-player of the year in the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference, a Region IV First Team selection and a Second Team NJCAA Division II All-American during the 2010-11 season.
He helped the Panthers to a 24-8 season that included a Morton College single-season record 19 straight wins. Morton College also finished conference play undefeated at 14-0 for a second straight year and were ranked 14th in the final NJCAA Division II poll.
Battle, a three-time Player of the Week in Region IV, averaged 16.6 points and 7 assists per game.
In other news about former Morton College student-athletes:
Marcus Elston, a 6-4 senior guard at Concordia University Chicago, was named to the 10-player All-Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Team.
Elston led the NACC in rebounds with 274 (11.0) and was ninth in scoring with 384 points (15.4). Elston shot .532 from the field, good for seventh in the conference. He recorded 16 double-doubles for the season with high games of 32 points versus Silver Lake College on Dec. 3, 2013 and 19 rebounds versus Aurora University on Jan. 16, 2014.
“I am so happy for Marcus at his being named one of the top 10 players in our conference,” said Tyler Jones, CUC head men’s basketball coach in a press release issued by the school. “Marcus gave us everything he had, and he was a better, stronger and smarter player as the season progressed. He is a tough kid who is stronger than he looks. At 6-4, he would normally be considered undersized for a power forward, but he played with the strength of a 6-8 or 6-9 guy.”
Elston also was a member of Morton College’s 2011 conference championship team.
Kostas Doxakis, a key reserve on Morton College’s 2013 conference championship squad, averaged 8 points per game this year at Concordia. He had back-to-back 20-point games in January, dropping 21 on Milwaukee School of Engineering and coming back four days later for a 29-point effort in a 98-93 overtime win against Concordia of Wisconsin.
The Cougars were 6-20 overall.
Floyd Campbell, a member of Morton College’s 2011 conference title team, averaged 5.6 points and 3.9 rebounds this season at West Virginia Tech. Campbell, a 6-6 forward, scored a season-best 15 points against West Virginia-Parkersburg. West Virginia Tech ended up 19-13.
On the baseball beat,
Joe McCaw, a 2013 All-Skyway selection, is hitting .383 with a pair of triples and 8 RBI through 13 games at Trinity Christian College. The outfielder has a .574 slugging percentage as the Trolls are 5-8.
Joe Presutti is hitting .125 through March 26 at Trinity Christian.
Logan Karse is at Lakeland College in Wisconsin where he is coached by former Panther player Mike Bachar. Karse is hitting .243 through 10 games. He has committed only one error in 47 chances and is tied for second on the team with six runs scored.
Andres Ortegano is a senior at St. Andrews University in Laurinburg, North Carolina. While the shortstop is batting .192, he leads the team with six stolen bases. He’s also third with 10 walks.
J.C. Burrell also is in his senior year at Lewis University in Romeoville. He’s hitting .211 in nine games for the Flyers.