BEAVERTON, Ore. - After leading No. 1-ranked West Liberty University to its third consecutive Elite Eight appearance, record-setting guard Alex Falk has been honored as the 2013 NCAA Division II National Player of the Year and heads up the 22nd annual Division II Bulletin All-America Team.
The Division II Bulletin celebrated its 22nd anniversary as a chronicler of the nation's NCAA Division II basketball scene this winter. The publication has selected an NCAA Division II National Player of the Year and All-America Team each year since the 1991-92 season.
The Division II Bulletin All-America selection is merely the latest in a lengthy list of impressive postseason honors for the Hilltoppers' consensus All-American.
It's the third national Player of the Year honor for the 6-foot-3 guard from Upper Sandusky, Ohio. Falk had earlier been tabbed as the nation's best NCAA Division II player on the Basketball Times All-America Team and the Daktronics NCAA Division II All-America squad. The West Virginia Conference and Atlantic Region Player of the Year was also a first-team selection on the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division II All-America Team.
Falk's spectacular college career came to an end Saturday afternoon in Louisville, Ky., when the Hilltoppers dropped a 83-76 decision to No. 3 Metro State, Colo. in an Final Four national semifinal. Falk poured in 28 of his game-high 34 points in a gritty second-half performance to spark a thrilling Hilltoppers comeback that came up just short down the stretch.
The leading scorer (21.2 ppg.) on the highest-scoring team in the nation, Falk's big game in the national semifinal pushed him past the 2,000-point career milestone. He finished his career at No. 4 on the Hilltoppers' all-time scoring list with 2,014 career points. He shattered the school's 19-year-old single-season scoring record by nearly 50 points with 764 points and set West Liberty's single-season steals record with 109 - including six in the Metro State loss.
Falk played in a school-record 136 games in his four seasons, leading the Hilltoppers to a 127-9 record in those games. He had 95 double-figure scoring games in his career, 35 of them during a senior season that saw him post 21 games with 20 or more points and four 30-point games.
The West Liberty senior was joined on the all-senior Division II Bulletin first team unit by John Allen of Western Washington, Ali Haidar of Michigan Tech, Eric Jean-Guillame of Franklin Pierce (N.H.) and Winona State's Clayton Vette.
Falk was the only West Virginia Conference player named to any of the four Division II Bulletin All-America teams. Shepherd's Chad Moore and Pitt-Johnstown's Nick Novak received honorable mention.
DIVISION II BULLETIN
2012-13 All-America Team
Player of the Year: Alex Falk, Sr., West Liberty
John Allen, Sr., Western Washington
ALEX FALK, SR., WEST LIBERTY
Ali Haidar, Sr., Michigan Tech
Eric Jean-Guillaume, Sr., Franklin Pierce
Clayton Vette, Sr., Winona State
Kevin Kotzur, Sr., St. Mary's (Texas)
Will McNeill, Sr., Washburn
Jonathan Morse, Sr., Metro State
Jeremy Saffold, Sr., Wis.-Parkside
Jaime Smith, Sr., Ala.-Huntsville
Mitchel Anderson, Sr., Cal Poly-Pomona
Gerald Boston, Sr., Barton
Luis Leao, Sr., Mercyhurst
Re'Mon Nelson, Sr., USC-Aiken
Marcus Ruh, Sr., Saint Leo
Tobin Carberry, Sr., LIU-Post
Craig Foster, Jr., Cameron
Alex Hall, Sr., Drury
Garret Kerr, Jr., Univ. Sciences
Angelo Sharpless, Sr., Elizabeth City State