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Knox Named Div. II Player of Year

March 17, 1998

ERIE, Pa. (AP) _ Carlos Knox, who returned from a serious knee injury to win his second NCAA Division II men’s basketball scoring title, was chosen Monday as the division’s player of the year.

Knox, a 6-foot-2 senior from Indiana-Purdue-Indianapolis, also led the Division II in scoring during the 1994-95 season. He sat out the 1996-97 season with the knee injury before returning to average 30.0 points this season.

Knox broke the Indiana-Purdue-Indianapolis career scoring record with 2,556 points.

He is joined on the first team by two players who led their teams to the Division II final eight: 6-3 senior Ryan Miller of Northern State and 6-8 junior Antonio Garcia, who averaged a Division II-leading 13.7 rebounds for Kentucky Wesleyan.

Also selected to the first team in balloting by Division II sports information directors was Troy Nesmith, who twice made the NAIA All-American team before transferring to Division II Gannon, and Joe Newton, a 6-foot senior from Central Oklahoma who averaged 27 points and nearly five steals.

The 6-3 Nesmith scored a combined 2,668 points at Geneva and Gannon.

Chosen for the second team were Marcus Moss of Cal State Bakersfield, Chris Sykes of Delta State, Titus Warmsley of Montana State-Billings, Rodney Horton of Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Lonnie Edwards of West Georgia.

The third team consists of: Larry Coates of Columbus State, Antwain Smith of St. Paul’s, Jon Hinzman of St. Cloud State, Eric Strand of Nebraska-Kearney and Andre Duncan of Albany.

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