The postseason honors continue to roll in for the NCAA Division III Final Four-bound UW-Oshkosh men's basketball team as the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) named senior guard Ben Boots the Central Region Player of the Year, tabbed interim head coach Matt Lewis as the region's Coach of the Year and selected junior center Jack Flynn to the All-Central Region Second Team.
Lewis, who has guided fourth-ranked UW-Oshkosh to a 27-3 record and the program's first outright Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference regular season title since 1978 during his initial season at the helm, is the first Titan to garner NABC regional Coach of the Year honors.
Boots is a repeat selection to the NABC Division III All-Central Region First Team, while Flynn earned his first NABC regional accolade.
UW-Oshkosh, last year's Division III runner-up, continues its season at 7 p.m. (central) in the national semifinals against Wheaton College (Ill.) in Fort Wayne, Ind.
On the way to securing their second straight trip to the Final Four, Lewis and his Titans have established new school season records for wins, points (2,515) and made 3-pointers (305). UW-Oshkosh, making its fourth consecutive NCAA postseason appearance, also produced a program-record 21-game winning streak from Nov. 20 through Feb. 9.
Lewis, who was named interim coach of the Titans on May 17, 2018, was UW-Oshkosh's top assistant for the previous six years. His .900 winning percentage since being elevated to the head coach position ranks second among the 1,099 active NCAA men's basketball coaches across all three divisions.
Lewis' highly successful first season in charge at UW-Oshkosh resulted in a school-record four All-WIAC First Team selections as Boots and Flynn were joined on the league's top team by Titans junior forward Adam Fravert and senior guard Brett Wittchow.
Boots, a 2019 All-Central Region First Team pick by D3hoops.com, is leading UW-Oshkosh this season with 15.7 points and 4.1 assists per game, 123 total assists, 81 made 3-pointers, a .877 free throw percentage and a 1.95 assist-to-turnover ratio. He paces the WIAC in total assists, assists per game and assist-to-turnover ratio while ranking second in the league in made 3-pointers and free throw percentage, fourth in scoring and ninth in 3-point percentage (.386).
Boots, who was named a finalist for the Jostens Trophy that is awarded each year to the best Division III men's and women's basketball student-athletes, has scored in double figures 27 times this season and made multiple 3-pointers in 23 occasions.
Boots, a three-time All-WIAC First Team selection, scored a season-high 31 points in wins over St. Norbert College on Dec. 18 and UW-Stout on Jan. 5. He also recorded 16 points, four rebounds and 10 assists for his second career double-double during a victory at UW-Stevens Point on Jan. 9.
Boots' season highlights include a team-leading 25 points, seven assists and six made 3-pointers during a win over University of Northwestern during the NCAA regional title game March 2. He also contributed a team-high 23 points, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals in a win over UW-Stevens Point on Feb. 9.
Boots is the school's all-time career leader with 406 assists and 266 made 3-pointers while ranking seventh in school history with 1,664 points.
Flynn, an All-WIAC First Team pick the past two seasons, is averaging 15.1 points and a team-leading 8.0 rebounds per game. Flynn, who paces the Titans with a .586 field goal percentage and nine double-doubles, leads the conference with 106 offensive rebounds while ranking second in the league in field goal percentage and blocks (35), third in rebounds per game, and sixth in scoring.
Flynn, who this season became the 35th player in program history to score 1,000 points, surpassed the career milestone March 2 as the Titans clinched the Division III St. Paul (Minn.) Regional title with a win over University of Northwestern (Minn.). He now lists 32nd in school history with 1,031 points.
Flynn, a 2019 All-Central Region Second Team selection by D3hoops.com, has produced 24 double-digit scoring efforts this season, including each of the first 18 games of the year. He had a season-high 28 points and 15 rebounds against UW-Eau Claire on Jan. 23.
The NABC All-Central Region First Team also includes Will Carius from Monmouth College (Ill.), Robert Duax from UW-Platteville, Nolan Ebel from Augustana College (Ill.), Aston Francis from Wheaton College (Ill.) and Connor Raridon from North Central College (Ill.).
Rounding out the All-Central Second Team are Matthew Kirmse from Milwaukee School of Engineering, Jack Nolan from Washington University in St. Louis (Mo.), Micah Paulson from Principia College (Ill.) and Brady Rose from Illinois Wesleyan University.