Nashville, Tenn. - Junior guard Patrick Miller was selected to the Ohio Valley Conference's First Team as announced by the league office on Tuesday. Senior forwards Robert Covington and Kellen Thornton made the OVC's Second Team.
Miller made the six-man all-conference first team after a season in which he ranked first in the OVC in assists (5.5/game), fifth in steals (1.7/game), seventh in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.6) and 12th in scoring (14.6 points/game). Miller had three double-doubles during the season (reaching that mark with points and assists) and nearly had a triple-double at OVC champion Belmont when he had eight points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists.
Miller was selected to the OVC's All-Preseason Team before the start of the year.
Also selected to the All-Preseason Team was Covington, who ended up averaging 16.8 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.3 blocks per contest. His number probably would have gotten him on the first team, had he not been forced to miss 10 games with a knee injury.
This marks the third straight time that Covington has made the all-conference team. He was named to the OVC's All-Newcomer Team as a freshman.
For Thornton, his selection comes on the heels of a year in which he averaged 15.5 points, 7.9 boards and 0.6 blocks per game. The Chicago native also led the team with a .547 shooting percentage.
Thornton was named to the OVC's All-Newcomer Team last season- one year after transferring from Illinois State.
2012-13 All-OVC Men's Basketball Teams/Awards
OVC Co-Players of the Year: Ian Clark, Belmont and Isaiah Canaan, Murray State
OVC Defensive Player of the Year: Ian Clark, Belmont
OVC Freshman of the Year: Chris Horton, Austin Peay
OVC Coach of the Year: Rick Byrd, Belmont
All-OVC First Team
Ian Clark, Belmont
Isaiah Canaan, Murray State
Mike DiNunno, Eastern Kentucky
Kerron Johnson, Belmont
Ed Daniel, Murray State
Patrick Miller, Tennessee State
All-OVC Second Team
Jud Dillard, Tennessee Tech
Robert Covington, Tennessee State
Kellen Thornton, Tennessee State
Tarvin Gaines, Jacksonville State
Tyler Stone, Southeast Missouri
OVC All-Newcomer Team
Glenn Cosey, Eastern Kentucky
Travis Betran, Austin Peay
Corey Walden, Eastern Kentucky
Jeremiah Samarrippas, Tennessee Tech
Sherman Blanford, Eastern Illinois
Chris Horton, Austin Peay
There are 6 players on the All-OVC first-team and All-Newcomer team due to ties in voting.