Deaton, Russell, Andrade earn honorable mention
Daily Leader staff report
If Jade Cathey was on, so were the Redskins.
Cathey was the clear Redskin leader on the court this season, racking up points and carrying the load in tight contests.
Cathey earned All-Western Athletic Conference first team honors for his play this season as a junior.
Cathey’s size was a clear advantage, and his ability to slash to the basket made him a scoring threat on every possession.
Cathey’s range also caused problems for opposing defenses. Cathey could dunk, hit a mid-range jumper, or bury a three. There was no spot on the floor where Cathey did not pose a threat.
He was joined as a dual threat inside by Kowan Russell who was recognized as an All-WAC honorable mention.
Russell was a working class Redskin senior, banging inside and getting second chance opportunities by dominating the boards.
Tyson Deaton also used his height and mid-range shot to earn a spot on the All-WAC honorable mention squad.
Deaton usually had to match up against the opponent’s best inside man, and Deaton was able to slow down the scoring of the opposition.
Rounding out Liberal’s selections was Justin Andrade who earned All-WAC honorable mention at the point guard position.
Andrade arguably had the biggest shoes to fill from last year’s team when four-year starter Alex Gilmore graduated. Andrade took over as a junior and continued to put pressure on defenses by hitting the three and getting the ball into the hands of the right Redskin at the right time.
Cathey, Deaton and Andrade will return next season with the hopes of earning a WAC championship.