A pair of Colonels, one ending his career while the other one is just beginning his, receive recognition from the Ohio Valley Conference.
Freshman Jomaru Bwon was named to the All Newcomer team. Brown played in all 31 games and started 12 as a freshman. He averaged nearly 25 minutes a game and averaged 14.4 points a game. He was named Freshman of the Week for the final week of the season averaging 24 points, 5.5 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 3 steals a game in the final two games. He scored a career high 31 points against Morehead Sate in the final game of the year.
Senior Nick Mayo..perhaps the greatest Colonel basketball player to ever lace them up for EKU was named 1st team All-OVC for the 4th straight season. He is only the 2nd player to ever be named 1st team all conference in the 71 year history of the Ohio Valley Conference. As a high school player Nick was named Gatorade Maine Boys Basketball Player of the Year, was a finalist for the Mr. Maine Basketball award. He averaged 24.4 points, 13.6 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 3.0 blocks per game as a senior while shooting 50.2 percent from the field, 40 percent from three-point range and 81.1 percent at the free throw line. As a freshman Nick was
voted the OVC Freshman of the Year and first team All-OVC following a spectacular season that saw him average 14.5 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.1 blocks-per-game while hitting 60.7 percent from the field, 55.6 percent from three-point range and 80.2 percent from the free throw line. His field goal percentage ranked him fourth in the OVC and 18th nationally. He ranked second in field goal percentage and 18th in total points (450) among all freshmen in the country. He was the only Colonel to start all 31 games on the year. He scored 20-plus points on eight occasions, including a season-best 28 points on 10-of-14 shooting at SIUE on Jan. 16 while adding three double-doubles, including 19 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks against Morehead State on Jan. 30, he had 11 games where he shot 70 percent or better from the field with a minimum of five shot attempts. In OVC-only games, he upped his scoring average to 16.6 points-per-game, which ranked ninth in the league, in those 16 contests he also ranked fourth in field goal percentage (61.7) and fifth in blocks (1.4/game). Nick was named OVC Freshman of the Week nine times during the year, the second-most single-season awards in the history of the award. As a sophomore Nick was Voted first team All-OVC for the second straight year after finishing the regular season ranked among the OVC’s leaders in scoring (fifth / 18.5 points-per-game), rebounding (12th / 6.5 rebounds-per-game), assists (15th / 2.8 assists-per-game), blocks (third / 1.4 blocks-per-game), field goal percentage (12th / 50.4%), three-point field goal percentage (12th / 39.0%) and free throw percentage (14th / 77.4%). He was one of only three OVC players ranked in the top-15 in the conference in all three shooting percentage categories, was the only underclassman named to the ten-person first team All-OVC. Nick scored in double figures in every game on the season, pushing his streak of double-figure scoring games to 34 , scored 20-plus points in six of EKU’s first nine games, including a 30-point, 10-rebound, four-assist performance in the Colonels’ 89-80 win over C-USA power Marshall on December 3. Mayo upped his averages to 19.1 points, 6.6 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.8 blocks-per-game. Nick became the 35th Colonel to join the 1,000-point club, he is the first EKU player ever to reach that plateau as a sophomore. He was EKU’s first two-time first team All-OVC selection since Mike Rose in 2007-08 and 2008-09 and was named to the National Basketball Coaches Association (NABC) All-District 19 Second Team following the season.
As a Junior He was voted first team All-OVC for the third consecutive season becoming the first Colonel ever to receive first team All-OVC honors three time. He was ranked third in the conference in scoring at 18.0 points-per-game and was also among the OVC’s leaders in rebounding (11th / 6.7 rebounds-per-game), field goal percentage (ninth / 52.8%), free throw percentage (sixth / 83.9%), three-point field goal percentage (44.6%) and blocks (1.5 blocks-per-game). He was the only player to rank in the top-10 in the OVC in all three shooting percentage categories . Nick averaged 18.7 points-per-game during conference play and was voted OVC Player of the Week twice during the season and reached several career milestones during the 2017-18 campaign. He climbed to No. 8 on EKU’s all-time scoring list (1,582 points) and he entered his senior season on pace to become the school’s all-time leading scorer. He is one of only six Colonels ever to record 1,500 points and 500 rebounds in a career and he broke EKU’s career blocks record the 2017-18 season (122).
Nick Senior season saw him become the all-time leading scorer in Colonel history scoring 2316 points and he became just the 2nd player in OVC history to be named All-OVC 4 times. He started all 31 games this season and started the final 124 games of his career. He started every game he played at EKU. He averaged 23.7 points a game which ranked him nationally in the Top 15. He averaged 8.7 rebounds this season and blocked 55 shots. He shot 86.4% from the free throw line.
For his career Nick averaged 18.7 points, grabbed 6.7 rebounds a game and dished out 2.1 assists a game. He shot 51% from the field while knocking down 82.4% of his free throws. He leaves EKU with 2316 points, 834 rebounds, 259 assists, and 177 blocked shots.
This season Nick Mayo blossomed into a star that many took notice of. He worked himself into a potential NBA draft pick and will surely play professional basketball next season.