Kansas City, Mo. - Saint Xavier University senior guard Brad Karp (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso) and senior point guard Michael Simpson (North Chicago, Ill./Cardinal Stritch University/North Chicago) were both recognized on the 2013-14 NAIA Division II Men's Basketball All-America Teams when the national office released the honors Wednesday afternoon. Karp was one of just 10 players nationally to earn first team honors, while Simpson claimed a spot on the honorable mention squad. The All-America Teams are selected by the NAIA All-America committee. Karp earned second team All-American honors following his sophomore and junior seasons and was an honorable mention selection after his freshman campaign.
Karp was an seven-time Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Men's Basketball Player of the Week honoree and led the Cougars in scoring (25.3 points per game), rebounding (8.2 rebounds per game) and steals (83) this season. He ranked sixth in the NAIA in scoring average, eighth in the NAIA in steals per game (2.4 spg) and No. 13 in the NAIA in field goal percentage (.596). Karp led the CCAC in scoring per game, was second in steals per game and third in rebounds per game. Simpson led SXU in assists per game (4.9 apg) and finished ranked No. 23 nationally in the same category. He also finished third in the CCAC in both assists per game and steals per game (2.2 spg), while ranked eighth in the conference in scoring (16.1 ppg).
Saint Xavier recently wrapped up one of its best seasons in program history with a 30-5 overall record and a second-place finish in the CCAC behind only No. 1 ranked Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.). The Cougars qualified for the second round of the 2014 NAIA Division II National Championship last week falling to national runner-up and No. 10 ranked Midland University (Neb.), 64-61.
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