Strickland Weatherford Earn HCAC Honors

StricklandFONTTERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology guard Julian Strickland (Indianapolis/Pike)(pictured) earned Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year honors, and sophomore Austin Weatherford (Cicero/Hamilton Heights) was named all-league in coaches balloting results released today.

Strickland, who also earned honorable mention all-conference accolades, averaged a team-high 11.7 points per game and shot 47% from the field as a freshman.  He also finished fourth on the squad in rebounds (108), third in assists (38) and second in blocks (18).

Strickland reached double figures in scoring 19 times in his first season of college basketball, including five straight games to close the 2010-11 season.  His season-highs of 19 points and six assists came in a narrow loss at NCAA Tournament participant Hanover in February.

Weatherford ranked second on the Engineers in scoring (11.3 ppg) and paced the squad with 97 assists to rank fourth in the conference.  Weatherford also shot 47% from the field and ranked second on the team in rebounds (123) and steals (30).

On the season, Weatherford reached double figures in scoring 14 times, including five games of 20 or more points.  His career-high totals of 22 points occurred against Bluffton and Franklin, and Weatherford recorded back-to-back 20-point performances vs. Manchester and Anderson.

Rose-Hulman finished 16-10 overall on the season for the second best single-season turnaround in school history and the team's best record since 2003-04.