Two Salukis selected for All-League awards


Junior forward Thik Bol prepares to make a free throw near the conclusion of the Salukis’ 74-70 win over Texas Southern on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, at SIU Arena. (Jacob Wiegand | @jawiegandphoto)

By Jonathan Thompson

Three days before the conference tournament, two Salukis received conference awards.

Senior forward Sean O’Brien was named to All-MVC second team and junior forward Thik Bol selected to the All-Defensive team Tuesday morning.

O’Brien averages 12.4 points (No.16 ), 8.5 rebounds (No.2) per game and led Southern to a 16-15, 9-9 MVC record, which was good for third seed in the conference.


Loyola coach Porter Moser on Saturday following a 72-70 loss to the Salukis, said O’Brien was his pick for All-League, calling him “phenomenal.”

O’Brien had 17 points, 13 rebounds and five rebounds against the Ramblers.

Bol was named to the All-Defensive team. He tallied a conference high 73 blocks and tied for first in average with 2.4 a game.

The Sudan native recorded seven blocks — the second most in school history — against Loyola on Saturday.

Both O’Brien and Bol will be back in action at 2:30 p.m. Friday against Loyola in the quarterfinal match of the Missouri Valley Tournament at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.

Staff writer Jonathan Thompson can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @TheReal_Jt3.

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