2016-17 NAU Men’s Basketball Wrap-Up

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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Head Coach Jack Murphy and the Northern Arizona men's basketball team wrapped up the 2016-17 season. The Lumberjacks improved on their record from the year prior with four more wins and finished their season in the first round of the Big Sky Tournament. NAU closed out the season with an overall record of 9-23 and a conference record of 6-12.

 

 

The Lineup

• Fifteen Lumberjacks saw action in 2016-17.

• NAU used 13 different lineups.

• Sophomore guard Marcus DeBerry started all 32 games for NAU. DeBerry has started 45 straight games dating back to the 2015-16 season.

• Senior Jordyn Martin was the only other Lumberjack this season to start every game. He finished his career with 42 consecutive starts in games he appeared in dating back to the 2014-15 season.

• Freshman guard JoJo Anderson was the only other player besides DeBerry and Martin to appear in every game.

 

Season Steals

• Martin picked up Third Team All-Big Sky honors, after finishing the season ranked second in the Big Sky in overall rebounds (8.9) and 10th in field goal percentage (.525). In conference-only games, Martin was first in offensive rebounds (3.1), second in defensive rebounds (5.9), second in overall rebounds (9.1), and 10th in field goal percentage (.552).

• DeBerry was third in assists/turnover ratio (2.0) in Big Sky games and tied for sixth in assists (3.7).

• Senior forward Ako Kaluna was fourth in offensive rebounds (2.5) in all contests and fourth in the same category in Big Sky games at 2.9.

 

Making a Mark in the Record Books

• Kaluna became the 29th member of the 1,000-Point Club. He finished his career with 1,173 to rank 19th all-time in the NAU record book. Kaluna finished second all-time in games played (130). He was NAU's top shot blocker with 16 swats.

• Martin was named the 2016-17 Joseph C. Rolle Most Valuable Player. Martin registered 284 rebounds for the fifth most all-time in a season. He also holds the sixth-best mark of 277 set back during the 2014-15 season. Martin also led NAU in 2016-17 in points scored (425), field goal percentage (.525), steals (23), in addition to his 284 rebounds.

• Martin finished first all-time in games played (135), fifth in career rebounds (796) and seventh in minutes played (3,144).

• DeBerry played 1,044 minutes for the sixth most all-time in a season. He increased his total minutes played from the previous season by nearly 200. DeBerry also led the Lumberjacks in assists (93) and free throw percentage (.750).

 

Season Stats

• Four players finished the season averaging double digits in scoring – Martin (13.3), Kaluna (11.2), Mike Green (10.4), and DeBerry (10.3).

• NAU averaged 38.1 rebounds per game compared to 35.9 by its opponents. The Lumberjacks held a +2.2 margin over its foes. NAU ranked in the top 20 in the nation during the season in offensive boards finishing with 383.

• NAU made 441 free throws, while its opponents made 425.

 

Takeaways

• NAU returns its top 3-point shooter in DeBerry, who has been a consistent player for the Lumberjacks. He registered the third-most field goals for the 'Jacks last season and dished the ball out for 93 assists.

• At the charity stripe, Anderson and DeBerry are two of the top free throw shooters returning for NAU at 69.6 and 75.0 percent.

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