Three Foresters earn Crossroads League accolades


Shane Merryman. Photo provided.

Three members of the Huntington University men's basketball team were honored by the Crossroads League when it announced its 2013-14 awards on Monday, Feb. 24.

Topping the list for Huntington was senior Shane Merryman, who earned first team all-conference honors for the second consecutive season. Merryman currently leads the Foresters in scoring (21.6 ppg) and rebounding (8.2 rpg) and is second on the team in assists (2.5 apg). He tops the league in field goal percentage at 56.7 percent and offensive rebounds with 2.83 while his scoring and rebounding averages place him second and third, respectively, among his league peers.

The 6-6 forward, a member of the all-newcomer team as a rookie and third team pick as a sophomore, has scored 1,982 points and ripped down 800 rebounds in green and white. He is currently seventh on the Foresters' all-time scoring list.

Senior TJ Short and freshman Derek Hinen were also recognized by the conference for their play this season.

Short, an honorable mention all-conference honoree this season, tosses in 12.9 points and grabs 4.2 rebounds per outing. He has knocked down a team-best 74 triples and is shooting .454 behind the arc, which places him third in the league in both statistical categories.

To date, Short has scored 1,043 points to land the 39th spot in the Forester 1,000-point club.

Hinen has been Huntington's floor general this year and for his efforts was named third team all-conference in addition to earning a spot on the all-newcomer team. He has started in all but one of the Foresters' games this year and is averaging a league-best 5.3 assists to go along with 13.0 points and 3.9 rebounds. He boasts a 2.29 assist/turnover ratio, which is fourth-best in the conference.