The Individual honors keep coming for RVC’s national championship basketball team.
Winners of the 2015-16 Spalding NJCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Player and Coach of the Year Awards were announced Monday by the NJCAA DIII Men’s Basketball Committee. Rock Valley College claimed both honorees as sophomore guard LT Davis was named player of the year, while coach of the year accolades were garnered by Craig Doty.
Spurring Rock Valley on to its second NJCAA DIII Men’s Basketball Championship title in three seasons, LT Davis proved to be one of the nation’s premier players. The Rockford native completed his two-year collegiate playing career as a two-time national champion after previously leading the Golden Eagles to their first NJCAA title in 2013-14.
Ranking in the top 50 in scoring, Davis averaged 17.9 points per game – connecting on 43.8 percent of his shots from the field, including 40.7 percent from beyond the arc. The sophomore guard was a valuable asset in all phases of the game as he posted 4.9 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.1 steals per game on the year.
Having concluded his two-year collegiate playing career with the Golden Eagles, Davis is considering completing his playing career at NCAA DII Southern Indiana, Minot State or in the NAIA at Pikesville or Our Lady of the Lake.
It has only been four years since Rock Valley hired Craig Doty to serve as head coach for its men’s basketball team and in that short span, the Golden Eagles have already won two NJCAA DIII men’s basketball championships. Now for the second time in his young career, Doty has been named the Spalding NJCAA DIII Men’s Basketball Coach of the Year.
Entering 2015-16 as the preseason No. 1, Doty’s team went wire-to-wire as the top-ranked team in the country. Under his guidance, the Golden Eagles finished the year with a 33-3 overall record to set a new school single-season mark for most wins.
Having won the program’s first national title in 2013-14, Doty put the Rock Valley program on the map in just his second full season as a head coach. He now boasts a career record of 113-28, including a 94-12 mark over the past three seasons in which the Golden Eagles have made three consecutive appearances in the NJCAA DIII Men’s Basketball Championship Game. Following a heartbreaking 67-64 loss to Richland (Texas) in the 2014-15 title game, Doty’s squad came back this season on a mission of redemption – a mission they completed with an 88-75 victory over Rochester (Minn.) in March’s championship final.