USF’s Ridley And Fox Crossroads League Preseason POTY Picks

HUNTINGTON, Ind. – University of Saint Francis basketball players Brooke Ridley and Austin Fox have been chosen Crossroads League Pre-season Player of the Year in voting by rival coaches on Monday at the annual CL meetings at Huntington University.
USF junior Akyah Taylor was also a first-team selection on the women’s pre-season All-CL Team. Senior Josh Hogan joined Fox on the All-CL first team while sophomore Kegan Comer was a third-team selection.
USF was picked to finish third in both the women’s and men’s pre-season polls. Indiana Wesleyan University was picked to win both sides. Huntington University was picked to finished No. 2 on the women’s side, Bethel No. 2 on the men’s side.
Ridley, a junior forward, was an NAIA First-Team All-America last March after helping USF win the NAIA Division II Championship with a 38-0 record. As a sophomore, the 5-foot-10 Ridley led the CL in rebounding average at 8.6 per game, total rebounds (325), double doubles (12), blocked shots/avg. (2.0), total blocks (74), and field goal percentage (.572). The Bishop Luers graduate averaged 14.3 points per game and scored in double figures in 30 games for 38-0 USF.
“I am happy for Brooke,” USF Head Coach Gary Andrews said. “She is an all-around player and I think she will have a great year for us.”
Fox, who hails from Muncie, Ind., tied for most double doubles with 13 and averaged 15.0 points per game in his first season with USF in 2013-14. The 6-foot-3 forward finished fourth in rebounds per game (7.7) and fifth in CL field-goal percentage at .512. He scored in double figures in 25 games including a high single-game of 30.
“This is a very good honor for Austin,” USF Head Coach Chad LaCross observed. “I think it shows how much respect the league has for his ability. Austin has the tools to have a great season and must use this as motivation going into the upcoming season.”

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