AVON, Ohio – The Crossroads League recently announced its 2017-2018 Men's Basketball Preseason All-Crossroads League Teams and Preseason Poll, with Brett Vipperman and Joe Schmitz each being heralded with honors.
The teams and the poll were voted upon by the ten Crossroads League coaches, and the full Crossroads League release is provided above.
Vipperman, a junior from Ashland, Ohio, was named to the All Crossroads League Third Team in 2016-2017, a season in which he led MVNU in scoring at 14.4 points per game, twelfth in the Crossroads League. The versatile wing was also second on the team in rebounding, hauling in 5.1 per game, and second in the assist category with 63 on the season.
Schmitz, a senior guard from Carroll, Ohio, received Honorable Mention honors prior to his final season as a Cougar. A leader in the MVNU backcourt, Schmitz played in every game as a junior and went on to average 8.4 points per game. He also shot at a blistering pace from beyond the arc, knocking down 64-of-132, a 48.5 percent mark.
MVNU was selected to finish in sixth of the ten teams coming off last season's mark of 19-12 overall and 8-10 in the highly competitive Crossroads League. That record placed the Cougars sixth in the Crossroads League standings for Head Coach Jared Ronai, who enters his fourth season at the helm of the program in 2017-2018.
MVNU will begin its season at home on Oct. 31 against Ohio University-Lancaster. That game is set to tip-off at 7:30 p.m.