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Bronco's Kool is MAC Player of the Year

March 9, 2010

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University senior David Kool has been named the Mid-American Conference's Player of the Year in men's basketball.

Kool, of Grand Rapids, Mich., ran away with the vote earning the nod on 13 of 24 ballots cast by the MAC News Media Association. He is the fourth Bronco to be named MAC Player of the Year in men's basketball, joining Jeff Tyson, 1976; Booker James, 1987; and Mike Williams, 2004.

Kool leads the MAC with 20.9 points per game, which is 18th nationally, and 21.9 points per game in conference play. Kool scored 22 or more points in nine of 16 conference contests, including four games of 30 points or more.

This season, Kool became the career leader in points at WMU with 2,057, surpassing Manny Newsome's record of 1,787 set in 1964. Kool ranks first in the MAC and 11th nationally in free-throw shooting (.895) and fifth in the MAC in steals (1.71 spg).

"He's just as good a person and student as he is a basketball player," says WMU head coach Steve Hawkins. "David Kool is a true scholar-athlete and a great representative of WMU and the Mid-American Conference."

Kool has set a school record this season with 187 free throws made and is the conference's all-time leader in career free throws made with 583. Kool also adds an average of 4.0 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game, while shooting 44.3 percent from the field and 35.4 percent from behind the three-point line.

The Broncos (17-14) continue play in the 2010 MAC Tournament in Cleveland at noon Thursday against Central Michigan (15-14).

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Media contact: Matt Holmes, (269) 387-3168, matt.holmes@wmich.edu

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