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Butler's Mike Green wins Horizon League Player of the Year

Monday, March 3, 2008

INDIANAPOLIS -- Butler senior guard Mike Green was named Monday as the Horizon League player of the year, and his freshman teammate, Matt Howard, the newcomer of the year.

Green received 42 of 46 possible votes after leading the Bulldogs (27-3 16-2) to the league's regular-season championship.

Green, a native of Philadelphia, is one of a handful of players in the nation to lead his team in scoring (14.5 points per game), rebounding (6.4) and assists (5.13).

He has posted three double-doubles and has scored 20 points five times, including a 24-point, 13-rebound effort against the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Feb. 12.

Joining Green on the All-Horizon first team are A.J. Graves of Butler; J'Nathan Bullock, Cleveland State; Josh Mayo, Illinois-Chicago; and Vaughn Duggins, Wright State.

Howard averaged 12.6 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. The Connersville, Ind., native scored 20 points five times. He is the first true freshman to win the award since T.J. Lux of Northern Illinois in 1995-96.

Besides Howard, members of the newcomer team are Cedric Jackson, Cleveland State; Rahmon Fletcher, Wisconsin-Green Bay; Deonte Roberts, Wisconsin-Milwaukee; and Vytas Sulskis, Youngstown State.

Sharing coach of the year honors were Gary Waters of Cleveland State and Wright State's Brad Brownell.

Defensive player of the year is Terry Evans, Wisconsin-Green Bay, and the inaugural sixth man of the year is Jarryd Loyd from Valparaiso.

Green and Butler teammate Drew Streicher also were named to the all-defensive team as were Cedric Jackson, Cleveland State; Terry Evans, Wisconsin-Green Bay; and Scott VanderMeer, Illinois-Chicago.

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