North Central Missouri College sophomore Terrance Bush has been named “Player of the Year” in Region 16 (NJCAA Division Two), in voting from the four region coaches during last weekend’s region tournament in Joplin.
Bush, who came to North Central two years ago out of North High School in Des Moines, Iowa, leaves NCMC as the program’s all-time leading scorer, with 1,070 points, including sophomore averages of 21.8 points per game, 7.8 rebounds per game, and 3.1 per game.
The selection of Bush as one of the top two players in Region 16 (along with runner-up and fellow first teamer Willie Sorrells of Penn Valley), makes both eligible for All-American honors.
Joining Bush on the 10 member first team from NCMC are sophomore Caleb Berry and freshman Demetrius Houston. The Pirates finished the season at 13-15 after a 96-90 semifinal loss to St. Louis on Friday night in Joplin.
Two members of the North Central Missouri College women’s basketball team were named first-team All-Region 16, in sophomore forward Madison Winters (Orrick, MO) and sophomore forward Camille Buttoff (Walker, MO). Winters led the Lady Pirates this season with 12.9 points per game, while Buttorff finished at 10.5 points per contest. Winters’ final game as a Lady Pirate was very strong, in a 26 point, 14 rebound performance on Friday afternoon in a 77-75 loss to #1 seed St. Louis in the region semifinals in Joplin.
Chillicothe native Maggie Graves was named Region 16 second-team for NCMC. The Lady Pirates struggled in the win column in 2015-2016, finishing 8-22, although in many ways, that record does not show the competitiveness and talent of a team that battled the toughest schedule in the country in the first two months of the season, and battled lack of size and depth on the front-line, and a series of close region losses, through the last quarter of the season.