Davidson senior guard Tyler Kalinoski was announced Tuesday at the Atlantic 10 men’s basketball player of the year in a vote by the conference’s coaches.
It’s no surprise really, considering that Kalinoski, an Olathe East graduate, was the driving force behind the Wildcats’ surprising run to an outright title in their first season after leaving the Southern Conference.
Kalinoski led Davidson in scoring at 16.9 points, which ranked third in the A-10. His scoring average bumped up to 17.2 points in conference games.
He was chosen as the CBS Sports national player of the week March 9 after scoring 22 points with four assists, three rebounds and two steals last Thursday in Davidson’s 82-55 demolition of VCU and adding a career-high 32 points with nine assists and five rebounds in the title-clinching 107-78 win Saturday at Duquense.
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Kalinoski also led the A-10 with a 2.9 assist-to-turnover ratio and 84 three-pointers, connecting at a 43.3-percent clip — good for fourth in the league.
He ranked third in the conference in assists at 4.2 per game, but averaged a conference-best 4.5 assists during league play.
Kalinoski also averaged 5.7 rebounds per game, which ranked second for the Wildcats and 19th in the A-10.
Davidson coach Bob McKillop was the A-10 coach of the year after going 23-6 overall and 14-4 in conference, including a nine-game winning streak to close the regular season.
The Wildcats were picked 12th in the preseason coaches’ poll but finished one game ahead of Dayton and Rhode Island for first place in their first year in the A-10.