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NCCAA names OC’s Reinke to All-America 1st-team list

OC senior center Will Reinke has been named as a first-team NCCAA All-American.
OC senior center Will Reinke has been named as a first-team NCCAA All-American.

WINONA LAKE, Ind. (March 17, 2013) – Oklahoma Christian center Will Reinke was one of the nation’s top small-college post players this season at any level, a status confirmed again by the National Christian College Athletic Association, which named him to its All-America first-team list.

The 6-foot-10 senior from Lawton received the honor after OC’s overtime loss to Shorter (Ga.) on Saturday in the NCCAA national championship game.

Reinke averaged 19.3 points, 9.9 rebounds, 2.6 blocked shots and 2.2 assists per game while shooting 58.4 percent from the field and 76.1 percent from the free-throw line. He ranked among the NCCAA leaders in all those categories but assists and free-throw percentage. He led the Eagles to a 19-12 mark and within a fluke shot of the national championship.

In just three seasons with the Eagles, Reinke scored 1,527 points, good for 20th on OC’s career list. His 220 blocks ranked him second on OC’s career list in that category.

He is the seventh OC player to receive All-America first-team honors, joining Norvell Brown (1982), Kenneth Orange (1983), Cory Cole (1994), Jay Mauck (1999), Jarred Merrill (2004, 2005) and Jason Taylor (2009, 2010), who all were honored by the NAIA when OC was a member of that organization.

“Will was one of the most dominant low-post players that we’ve ever had at Oklahoma Christian,” OC coach Dan Hays said. “Our opponents always geared their game plans toward stopping him and he saw consistent double- and triple-teams all season. He is deserving of this and many other awards.”

The All-America honor is the third for Reinke. He received honorable mention as a sophomore on the NAIA All-America list and was an NAIA All-America second-team pick as a junior. He spent his freshman season at NCAA Division I Stephen F. Austin.

This season, Reinke was an All-NCCAA Central Region first-team pick and a first-team selection to the Heartland Conference’s honor list during OC’s first season in the NCAA Division II league. He was a four-time Heartland player of the week pick and received NCCAA student-athlete of the week honors twice.

As a sophomore, he was named to the All-Sooner Athletic Conference second-team list, and he was a first-team All-SAC pick as a junior.