Oct. 9, 2012
ROSEMONT, Ill. - Loyola University Chicago forward Ben Averkamp (Germantown, Wis./Germantown) has been named 2012-13 Preseason Second Team All-Horizon League it was announced today at the Horizon League Men's Basketball Media Day. Last season, the 6-foot-8 senior developed into one of the top post players in the conference, earning Second Team All-Horizon League accolades after putting up 15.4 points and 7.1 rebounds per game.
Last winter, Averkamp became Loyola's first all-conference player since Blake Schilb in 2007 when he earned Second Team All-Horizon League accolades. In addition to being one of only two players to rank among the top five in the Horizon League in both scoring (15.4) and rebounding (7.1), Averkamp also chipped in 2.6 assists per contest in 2011-12.
Averkamp scored in double figures on 21 occasions last season, 10 times scoring 20 or more points. He heads into his senior campaign needing only 11 points and 27 rebounds to become just the 19th player in Loyola history to amass 1,000 points and 500 rebounds in his career.
Joining Averkamp on the Preseason All-Horizon League Second Team was Anton Grady (Cleveland State), Keifer Sykes (Green Bay), Damian Eargle (Youngstown State) and Nick Minnerath (Detroit).
Detroit's Ray McCallum was tabbed as the Horizon League Preseason Player of the Year, with Ryan Broekhoff (Valparaiso), Kendrick Perry (Youngstown State), Alec Brown (Green Bay) and Kevin Van Wijk (Valparaiso) alongside McCallum on the preseason first team.
In the Horizon League Preseason Poll of the League's coaches, sports information directors and selected media members, Loyola was picked to finish seventh and collected 105 total points. Valparaiso, last season's defending regular-season champion, garnered 382 points and 40 first-place votes to be tabbed as the 2012-13 Horizon League Preseason Poll favorite.
Last year's Horizon League Tournament champion and NCAA participant Detroit (332 points) was the preseason runner-up behind Valpo with Green Bay (283 points) and Youngstown State (243 points) rounding out the top four slots. Cleveland State (230 points) was pegged to finish fifth, with Milwaukee (178 points) just ahead of Loyola, which was picked ahead of both UIC (96 points) and Wright State (86 points).
Loyola officially begins practice Friday (Oct. 12) with the annual Midnight Madness festivities beginning at 9 p.m. The Ramblers tip off the 2012-13 regular season when they host Toledo November 9.