March 11, 2013
PDT Sports Report
Former Waverly basketball star Jake Kretzer has been recognized for his first collegiate season.
The Akron freshman was named to the 2012-2013 Mid-American Conference All-Freshman team Monday by the coaches in the conference. Kretzer, a 6-7 guard/forward for the MAC co-champion Zips, averaged six points and three rebounds in 30 games, four of which were starts for the former Tiger standout, who led his high school team to a Division II Regional appearance a year ago.
Akron, which finished 24-6 in the regular season and 14-2 in the conference, shared the regular season championship with Ohio but will have the No. 1 seed in this week’s conference tournament by way of winning the two head-to-head match-ups with the Bobcats.
Joining Kretzer on the All-Freshman team are Buffalo guard Jarryn Skeete, Central Michigan guard Chris Fowler, Toledo center Nathan Boothe and Western Michigan forward Darius Paul. In all, the Zips had a representative on the All-MAC lists on First Team (center Zeke Marshall), Second Team (forward Demetrius “Tree” Treadwell) and Honorable Mention (guard Alex Abreu).
Akron and Ohio are both into the semifinals of the conference tournament and will play Friday night at Quicken Loans Arena, the home of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers. The Zips will either play Ball State, Buffalo, Central Michigan or Kent State.
Last season, the Bobcats won the conference tournament as well as the automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. They took advantage by becoming a Sweet 16 team, the first in MAC history since Kent State’s 2002 Elite 8 run.