Westbrook, Claypool named all-conference; Boykin voted as league’s top freshman

Westbrook, Claypool named all-conference; Boykin voted as league’s top freshman

by Benny Benton

HIGH POINT, N.C. – Barton College seniors Daniel Westbrook and R.J. Claypool have been named to the All-Conference Carolinas Men's Basketball Team, while teammate Michael Boykin has been voted as Freshman of the Year, the league announced Saturday.

Westbrook, a hometown resident of Wilson, was a Second Team selection after ranking sixth in the league in scoring (16.2 points per game), third in rebounding (7.9) and second in blocked shots (1.4). The Hunt High School graduate reached double-figures in 18 of his 22 games played, and surpassed 20 points in half of those contests. He also reached double-figures in rebounds five times in a stretch of six late-season games to help the Bulldogs secure third place in the regular-season standings.

Claypool, a resident of Woodbury, Minn., was a Third Team choice after averaging 12.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.4 steals per contest. Claypool scored in double-figures in 19 of his 28 games played, and reached the 20-point plateau four times, including BC's Conference Carolinas Tournament Quarterfinal victory over rival University of Mount Olive on Tuesday. He also collected five or more rebounds on 12 occasions, topped by 11 in a game at Emmanuel College.

Boykin, a resident of Clinton, N.C., started 23 games and played in all 29 as a freshman. His average of 13.3 points per game ranked second on the team and 15th in the league. He reached double-figures in 22 of the 29 games, and recorded a season-high 25 points on two occasions. Boykin also contributed 3.6 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game, the latter ranking seventh in the conference.

Westbook and Claypool are both receiving all-conference recognition for the first time in their careers. Boykin is the first Barton player to earn the league's Freshman of the Year award since Gerald Boston in the 2009-10 season.

The three players were honored Saturday during a luncheon at Pfeiffer University, just hours before the third-seeded Bulldogs were scheduled to face No. 2 seed Limestone College in the semifinals of the Conference Carolinas Tournament.

Men's All-Conference Carolinas First Team

A.J. Clark, Pfeiffer
Andrew Guerrero, Pfeiffer
Shaq Dance, Limestone
Shaun Stewart, Limestone
Hunter LeVeau, King 

Men's All-Conference Carolinas Second Team

C.J. Good, King
Mike Smith, Pfeiffer
Deion Lane, Belmont Abbey
Daniel Westbrook, Barton
Darius Sharpe, Southern Wesleyan 

Men's All-Conference Carolinas Third Team

Brannon Dark, Erskine
Miguel Cartagena, North Greenville
Josh Calhoun, Pfeiffer
Jamal Matin, Mount Olive
R.J. Claypool, Barton 

Player of the Year

A.J. Clark, Pfeiffer

Defensive Player of the Year

Shaq Dance, Limestone

Freshman of the Year

Michael Boykin, Barton

Coach of the Year

Jeremy Currier, Pfeiffer