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Farris and Kot named first team All-RMAC

Boatwright earns honorable mention nods
Akuel Kot of Fort Lewis College plays tough defense Tuesday night against Regis University. The sophomore was named first team All-RMAC after his performance this season. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)

The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference released the men’s basketball All-RMAC teams on Wednesday and a trio of Skyhawks earned recognition.

Riley Farris of Fort Lewis College puts up a shot on Tuesday night against Regis University. The redshirt senior earned his third straight first team All-RMAC award this season. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)

For the third consecutive year, redshirt senior Riley Farris was voted first team All-RMAC after leading the Skyhawks in scoring. Sophomore Akuel Kot also earned first team nods, the first honor of his Fort Lewis career. Junior Brenden Boatwright was named to the honorable mention team.

Farris ended his career as one of the most prolific scorers in the league, averaging 19.1 points per game while shooting 51.3% from the field. The senior reached double-digit points on all but three occasions this year and put up a season-high 31 points to open the season versus Eastern New Mexico. Farris was also the team’s leading rebounder at 6.2 boards per game.

Farris closes out his Fort Lewis College career with 2,073 career points to rank first in school history. He also is ranked in the top 10 in several career and season-high categories including career field goals (742, first), career blocked shots (107, sixth), and career rebounds (609, ninth). His 670 points in the 2020-21 season ranks third all-time in a single season.

Kot exploded onto the scene this season, averaging 16.6 points per game (18.7 points per game in RMAC play) – doubling his average from last season. The sophomore was instrumental in the team’s success late in the year, putting up a career-high 42 points in a clutch road win over CSU-Pueblo to rank second in school history in single-game scoring. Kot closed out the year shooting 49% from the field and 42.8% from three.

Brenden Boatwright of Fort Lewis College puts up a shot on Tuesday against Regis University. The junior earned an All-RMAC honorable mention this season. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)

Boatwright, an honorable mention pick, rounded out the double-digit scoring for the Skyhawks at 11.6 points per game. He finished the year ranked second on the team in rebounds per game at 6.0. The 6-foot-9 junior from Carlsbad, New Mexico, boasts 758 career points and 398 career rebounds.

Black Hills State’s Joel Scott was the RMAC Player of the Year. He led the Yellow Jackets to a regular-season title while averaging 22.8 points per game in regular-season play, a mark that leads the RMAC and ranks ninth in the nation. He also pulled down double-doubles in 17 of 26 games. Black Hills State head coach Ryan Thompson was named Coach of the Year.

Colorado School of Mines’ Adam Krasovec claimed the league’s Freshman of the Year award.

Metropolitan State University of Denver’s Laolu Oke was named Defensive Player of the Year.

Colorado Mesa led the RMAC with five selections among the all-conference rosters, followed by Black Hills State with three. Fort Lewis, New Mexico Highlands and University of Colorado Colorado Springs each accounted for two selections. Colorado Christian, Colorado School of Mines, CSU Pueblo, MSU Denver, Regis and Western Colorado rounded out the all-conference rosters with one selection each.

The conference major awards, along with All-RMAC first and second teams were voted on by the conference’s 15 men’s basketball coaches. Coaches could not vote for their own student-athletes. Student-athletes who received one first team vote or two second team votes were given honorable mentions.