Siloam Springs, Ark (March 11, 1998) - JBU men's basketball player Shad Miller, who flirted with a national NAIA record for consecutive free throws last month, was recognized by the Sooner Athletic Conference for his sensational season. The 6-3 senior guard was voted as the conference's Defensive Player of the Year and was also named to the all- conference first team. Miller, from Tahlequah, Okla., finished the season with a 90.8 free throw percentage (making 168 of 185 attempts) and led the team in scoring (17.7 ppg) and steals (47).
JBU's Clark Sheehy, a 6-2 senior guard from Siloam Springs, and Lisenga Bosunga, a 6-10 junior center from Kinshasa, Zaire, received honorable mention in the men's voting. Sheehy averaged 10.5 points per game and was one of the top three-point marksmen in the conference, draining 44.2 percent of his long-range attempts. Bosunga averaged 11.1 points and 7.6 rebounds in leading the Golden Eagles inside attack.
The women's team was also well-represented in conference honors. Senior guard Carrie Penner of Siloam Springs was voted to the women's all-conference second team. The 5-9 Penner led the team in scoring (15.1 ppg) and three pointers (55). Brandi Keeling, a 5-10 senior from Bolivar, Mo., and Martha Hancock, a 5-5 freshman guard from Bentonville, were both voted honorable mention. Keeling averaged 12.9 points per game and led the team in rebounding (6.48 pg), field goal percentage (51.2) and blocked shots (11). Hancock averaged 11.7 points per game and led the team in steals (84), assists (110) and free throw percentage (81.0).