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Cochran Receives Accolades at NAIA and NCCAA Level; Gibson Named Scholar Athlete

Mar 20, 2020

Cochran dribbling the ball in a prior game versus Evangel University defenders
#30 Brandt Cochran

head shot of Trey Gibson - Scholar Athlete
Trey Gibson - Scholar Athlete

Conratulations go out to senior guard Brandt Cochran on the many accolades he has received to close out his Bobcat career. 


Each year, national awards are bestowed upon top players across the country by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA), and Cochran did not go unnoticed.


Recognition of Cochran's success on the hardwood this season feature:  NAIA DII Honorable Mention All-American, NCCAA Third Team All-American, and NCCAA All-Region First Team.


Cochran has had a storied career for the Bobcats.  The 6’0 senior from Lawrenceville, Ill. has completed his career with his best season yet.  He closed out the year ranked NAIA DII No. 3 in free throw percentage (90.5), No. 6 in total assists (167), and No. 7 in total 3-point field goals made (106).  He led his team in scoring and assists, averaging 19.55 points and 5.06 assists per game.  He made 645 points and shot 42.9%, from the field, while adding 104 rebounds, 34 steals and five blocks.  For his career, Cochran tallied 1,784 points, including 310 three-pointers. He hauled in 390 rebounds, handed off 423 assists, swiped 138 steals, and blocked eight shots. He has been ranked in the NAIA DII Top Ten in Free-Throw Percentage (No. 3 at 90.5%), Total Assists (No. 6 at 167), and Total 3-Pt Field Goals Made (No. 7 at 106).  Cochran has also splashed his name across the Bobcat Career Top 10 Record Book, including a new school record for Single-Season Free Throw Percentage at 90.5%.


Head coach Steve Shepherd stated, “Brandt is a great player, who has been a phenomenal leader.  His statistics reveal his terrific play and production, but his teammates and coaches would tell you he is unselfish and puts the team’s success ahead of his own.  Brandt has been a key to the great chemistry our teams have had during his four years as a Bobcat.”


Also of significant note, Trey Gibson has been named as a 2019-2020 NCCAA Scholar Athlete.  This award requires a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher on a scale of 4.0, one season of competition at the current institution, and junior or senior academic status. Achieving this award requires a great deal of work, as student-athletes must prove they can compete on the court and in the classroom admidst a schedule filled with practices, games, and travel.  In addition, all C of O student-athletes are required to meet the College's 15-hour per week work education requirement at an on-campus job.


Congratulations, Brandt and Trey!