Brady Skeens named MIAA Ken B. Jones Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Washburn Ichabods

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – (Courtesy: Washburn Athletics) Washburn’s Brady Skeens became the first Ichabod since the 1997-98 school year and only the third overall to receive the MIAA’s Ken B. Jones Student Athlete of the Year Award announced on June 4 at the conference’s year-end award ceremony at the Truman Forum Auditorium in the Kansas City Public Library’s Plaza Branch.
Skeens joins former Lady Blues basketball player Nikki Olberding (1997-98) and former Ichabod football player Michael Dritlein (1995-96) as the only two winners in school history.
Finalists were selected from a field of 12 male nominations and 11 female nominations at various MIAA member schools. A committee of 15 administrators in the MIAA and conference office ranked each nominee to determine the finalist. Other mail finalists included: Brad Currier (Golf, Lindenwood), Sedeekie Edie (Track and Field, Lincoln), Bo Farrow (Football, Pittsburg State) and Doyin Jibowu (Football, Fort Hays State).
Skeens was a four-year member of the Ichabods playing in 103 games with 94 starts averaging 11.9 points and 9.6 rebounds per game for his career. This past season he became only the eighth Ichabod to average a double double for the season, something he accomplished three times. He finished his career 13th on the all-time scoring chart with 1,229 points and third all-time in rebounds with 990. He also leaves Washburn as the all-time leader in blocked shots with 242 and career field goal percentage of 68.8. As a senior, he led the Ichabods and NCAA Division II with a 72.2 percent field goal percentage. 

Skeens helped the Ichabods to their first NCAA Postseason appearance since the 2012 season, a third place MIAA finish as well as an MIAA Tournament runner-up finish with a 22-10 record – the most wins by an Ichabod team since recording 25 during the 2011-12 season. 

Skeens is the first Ichabod basketball player to have been named both a CoSIDA Academic All-America® and to receive All-American honors as an athlete earning third team and honorable mention All-America honors and Third Team Academic All-American® honors from CoSIDA.

Skeens graduated earlier this month with a double major in Bachelor of Business Administration (Management and Finance) as well as three minors in computer science information, economics and leadership studies.

Brady Skeens Career Accolades
• 2017-18 MIAA’s Ken B. Jones Student Athlete of the Year
• 2017-18 Washburn Senior Student Athlete of the Year
• 2017-18 Basketball Times Third Team All-American
• 2017-18 D2 Bulletin Honorable Mention All-American
• 2017-18 NABC First Team All-District
• 2017-18 Second Team D2CCA All-Region
• 2017-18 First Team All-MIAA
• 2017-18 MIAA Defensive Player of the Year
• 2017-18 MIAA All-Defensive Team
• 2017-18 CoSIDA Third Team Academic All-America®
• 2017-18 CoSIDA First Team Academic All-District
• 2017-18 MIAA Academic Honor Roll
• 2017-18 MIAA Scholar Athlete
• 2016-17 Second Team D2CCA All-Region
• 2016-17 First Team All-MIAA
• 2016-17 MIAA Defensive Player of the Year
• 2016-17 MIAA All-Defensive Team
• 2016-17 CoSIDA Third Team Academic All-American®
• 2016-17 CoSIDA First Team Academic All-District
• 2016-17 NABC Academic Honors Court
• 2016-17 MIAA Academic Honor Roll
• 2016-17 MIAA Scholar Athlete
• 2015-16 MIAA Defensive Player of the Year
• 2015-16 MIAA All-Defensive Team
• 2015-16 Honorable Mention All-MIAA
• 2015-16 MIAA Scholar Athlete
• 2015-16 MIAA Academic Honor Roll
• 2014-15 MIAA Academic Honor Roll

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