Team Grabs At-Large Bid to Nationals, Menefee Named to All-Conference Team, Felicano Gets Honorable Mention
OLYMPIA, Wash. -- This past weekend Evergreen's Men's Basketball Team went to Branson, Missouri to take part in the NAIA Division II National Tournament. In addition, Nathan Menefee was named to the All-Cascade Collegiate Conference team, and teammate Julio Feliciano received an honorable mention. The two will be traveling to Missouri along with the rest of the Geoducks to compete in the National Tournament, starting March 10th and ending on the 16th.
Menefee was recently named NAIA National Player of the Week, in addition to being named Cascade Conference Player of the Week three times during the '09-'10 season. He chalked up a whoping 57 points against UPS in the early season, earning himself an Evergreen school record as well as a Cascade Conference record for points scored in a game. Nate proceded to play six games throughout the rest of the regular season where he scored above thirty points. He has beens selected as the pre-season player of the year twice, and post-season player of the year during '08-'09. He was named as an NAIA All-American, first team in '08-'09, and third team in '07-'08. The list goes on and on.
"He has truly been a bookend of this program," says head coach Jeff Drinkwine. "We could always count on Nate to raise his level of play because he has high expectations for himself. We always knew we would be in a ballgame with him on the floor."
Julio Feliciano also grabbed himself an All-Conference Honorable Mention. Feliciano is the school's leading rebounder, and stands as "a centerpiece of this ball club the past three years," according to coach Drinkwine. "Its hard to get a player of his skill level, size, and ability. His best attribute is his ability to pass."
Anyone in the stands can see its true. All too often one hears the announcer saying "Nate Menefee! with the assist from Feliciano", or vice versa. "You don't go to the national tournament without these two on your team," says Drinkwine.
Evergreen will play next in the first round of the NAIA Division II National Tournament at The College of the Ozarks in Branson, MO.