Oxford's Ordu named GCAA's top player; Newton players named to region team

File Photo: Newton HIgh's Alex Ordu.

File Photo: Newton HIgh's Alex Ordu.

OXFORD -- Oxford College freshman guard Alex Ordu was named the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association's Player of the Year on Monday.

The GCAA's coaches named Ordu as the league's top player when they made their All-Region selections for the 2011-12 season. Freshman forward Sam Kim was also named first-team all-conference and sophomore guard Stephen Simmons was named second-team all-conference.

A former standout at Newton High School, the 5-foot-10 Ordu averaged 14 points, five rebounds and four assists per game for the Eagles, who finished the regular season at 20-9 overall and 6-2 in conference. He was named the GCAA Player of the Week in late January.

The 6-3 Kim, from Duluth, averaged 8.2 points and 11.5 rebounds per game this season. He was also recognized as the league's player of the week last week.

Simmons, who missed much of the second half of the season due to a knee injury, averaged 12.4 points per game in 17 games.

The Eagles, who have won 13 of their last 16 games, will begin play in the GCAA tournament, which will be held at Oxford's Williams Gymnasium, in Saturday's semifinals against Middle Georgia Tech. Oxford defeated Middle Georgia Tech 75-58 on Feb. 7 at home and lost 82-56 in December to the Titans in Fort Valley.

Three Newton players named to Region 2-AAAAA team

COVINGTON -- Making the first team were seniors Stephen Croone and Shane Henry, with senior Justin Thompson listed for honorable mention.

Croone averaged 20 points, 3.8 assists, 3.6 rebounds, 2.3 steals, took one charge and had one block per game. He led the region in scoring and was runner-up in region Player of the Year honors. Croone is currently considering Furman University, Wofford College, Northeastern University, St. Francis (PA) and Alabama State. He was also voted to the All-Region and All-State teams last season.

At 6-6, Henry averaged a double-double with 10.5 points and 12.2 rebounds per game. Besides averaging 4.1 blocks, he was voted best big man in the region. Henry had a triple double against M.L. King with 17 points, 15 rebounds and 10 blocks. He is entertaining offers from Georgia Perimeter College, Middle Georgia College, St. John's River CC (FL) and Chattahoochee Valley CC (AL).

As a member of the all-region honorable mentions, Thompson averaged 10.5 points and 4.5 rebounds. Thompson is currently entertaining offers from Oxford College of Emory, Emmanuel College and St. John's River CC.