Chrishawn Orange, Nolan Ebel and Dylan Sortillo have been the key three in many games for the Augustana men's basketball team this season.
On Wednesday, three were honored for leading the Vikings to a fourth-straight CCIW title by being selected for All-CCIW honors. Juniors Orange and Ebel were tabbed to the eight-player first team and Sortillo earned his second straight selection to the eight-person second team.
Veteran coach Grey Giovanine, who was named co-coach of the year (for the ninth time) along with Illinois Wesleyan's Ron Rose, was happy for his standout trio.
“We were the only team in the league that had three players recognized,” said Giovanine, whose 20-5, 12-4 vikings shared the crown with IWU. “Dylan Sortillo has been a part of more wins in this league than anybody else in this league. It's the first time in 44 years that a guy has been part of four consecutive championships.”
The last team to accomplish the four-peat was the Vikings from 1971-74.
Wheaton's Aston Francis was voted the Fred Young Most Outstanding Player and was a unanimous first-team selection along with Carthage's Brad Kruse, IWU's Brady Rose and North Central's Alex Sorenson. Rounding out the first team with Orange and Ebel were Carroll's Joel Heesch and NCC's Connor Raridon.
Orange, a first-team pick last season as well, has been Augie's most consistent player throughout the season and leads the Vikings, averaging nearly 32 minutes per game.
"Everybody has their own agenda," said Giovanine of Orange not be a unanimous pick. "We're awfully pleased to have two players on that first team and Dylan being recognized on the second team again."
Orange is the CCIW’s ninth-leading scorer with an average of 15.7 points per game in league play, he also ranked eighth in minutes played with 32.62 per game, 11th in 3-point percentage (.408), 12th in assists (2.75 apg) and 14th in free throw percentage (.728). On the season, Orange—who recently became just the seventh junior in school history to surpass 1,000 career points—leads Augustana in scoring (15.9 ppg) and steals (23) and ranks second on the team in field goal percentage (.489) and three-point percentage (.451).
Ebel was the Vikings’ leading scorer in conference play with an average of 16.4 points per game, which ranked seventh in the league. He also finished seventh in the CCIW in field goal percentage (.528), 3-point percentage (.435), steals (1.00 spg) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.48). He was fifth in assists (4.06), 13th in 3-pointers (1.69 per game) and minutes played (30.63 mpg) and 15th in free throw percentage (.723). Overall this season, Ebel is averaging 15.4 points per game on shooting percentages of .508 from the field, .471 from three-point range—both of which lead the team—and .765 from the foul line. He also has a team-high 96 assists.
A second team selection for the second straight year, Sortillo leads Augustana this season with 54 3-point field goals. He is third all-time for the Vikings with 170 career 3-pointers. In league play this year, he averaged 11.9 points (18th), 3.00 assists (9th), 2.13 three-point field goals (7th), shot .466 from beyond the arc (5th) and had an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.18 (5th). Sortillo, who is just eight points away from 1,000 for his career is averaging 12.5 points and 3.5 rebounds per game overall and is second on the team with 67 assists. He’s shooting .422 from three-point range and .774 from the foul line.