CLEVELAND, Ohio – Three members of the Ohio men's basketball team earned spots on the 2020 All-Mid-American Conference Teams, the league announced today (March 11). In a vote of the league's coaches and media members, sophomore guard Jason Preston was named Second Team All-MAC, redshirt sophomore Ben Vander Plas was named All-MAC Third Team, while freshman Lunden McDay was named to the MAC All-Freshman Team.
Preston (Orlando, Fla.) earned a spot on the All-MAC Second Team after a stellar second year in the Green and White. Preston finished the regular season with 16.8 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 7.4 assists. Preston finished the regular season shooting 51.5 percent from the field, 40.7 percent from three-point range and 72.5 percent from the free throw line. Preston finished the conference season with 17.2 points per game, while also adding 6.7 rebounds and 7.1 assists per game. Preston shot 51.7 percent from the field, 42.9 percent from three-point range and 70.0 percent from the free throw line. Preston scored a career-high 27 points three times this season, first against Iona and twice in MAC play, once against Buffalo and again against Toledo, while also scoring in double figures 17 times during conference play. Preston is also currently first in the nation in total assists and finished the conference season, first in assists, first in assist/turnover margin, fifth in scoring, fourth in field goal percentage and first in minutes played. He was also named the MAC East Player of the Week five times this season, the most of any player in the East Division.
Vander Plas (Ripon, Wis.) earned a spot on the All-MAC Third Team. Vander Plas finished the regular season second on the team in scoring with 15.7 points per game and first in rebounds with 6.9 points per game. He also added 2.8 assists per game, while shooting 49.2 percent from the field and 29.9 percent from three-point range. In conference play, Vander Plas averages 16.6 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists a game. He shot 46.2 percent from the field and 28.9 percent from three-point range. Vander Plas scored a career-high 27 points at Buffalo on Jan. 14, while also grabbing a career-high 13 rebounds against Western Michigan on Jan. 4. Vander Plas was also named MAC Male Scholar Athlete once and was named to the 2019-20 Academic All-District® Men's Basketball Team, selected by CoSIDA.
McDay (Akron, Ohio) earned a spot on the MAC All-Freshman Team after his stellar first season in the Green and White. McDay finished the regular season playing in 31 games, while starting 29 of them. He finished the season with 8.2 points, 2.9 rebounds, while shooting 46.4 percent from the field, 38.6 percent from three-point range and 71.9 percent from the free throw line. In conference play, McDay averaged 8.6 points and 3.0 rebounds in MAC play. McDay shot 45.4 percent from the field, 45.0 percent from three-point range and 73. 2 percent from the free throw line. McDay scored a career-high 16 points twice, the first time against Kent State on Feb. 28 and again at Miami on March 6. McDay also grabbed a career-high nine rebounds on March 6 at Miami, including six offensive rebounds.
No. 8 Ohio continues action in the 2020 MAC Tournament on Thursday, March 12 when they take on No. 1 Akron at 12 p.m.