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Ovie Soko earns All-Atlantic 10 third-team honors ... snubbed?

Written by Stephen J. Nesbitt on .

Duquesne senior forward Ovie Soko was named to the All-Atlantic 10 third team Tuesday morning. Soko led the conference in scoring (18.2 ppg) and was sixth in rebounding (7.8 rpg). He was the only player in the top-10 in both points and rebounds, and was the only forward in the top 13 scorers in the league.

A Soko snub? Well, as it tends to happen with these all-conference teams, players from top-flight teams were definitely rewarded. All five members of the first team are from top-five teams in the league. All five members of the second team are from top-eight teams. Duquesne is No. 10.

That Soko wasn't on the first team is understandable, given how record will factor into it. That he wasn't on the second team is a pretty surprising. Soko would seem to be one of the top four big men in this league.

However, if you look at the breakdown, the first team is comprised of four guards and a forward. The second team is three forwards and two guards. So, Soko making the third team means voters saw him as the fifth- or sixth-best big man in the A-10.

All-A10 first team:

Jordair Jett, G, Saint Louis — A10 player of the year (13.8 ppg, 4.7 apg, 3.9 rpg) 
Chaz Williams, G, UMass (15.8 ppg, 7.1 apg)
Langston Galloway, G, Saint Joseph's (17.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg)
Treveon Graham, G, VCU (15.6 ppg, 7.1 apg)
Dwayne Evans, F, Saint Louis (14.0 ppg, 6.4 rpg)

All-A10 second team:

Isaiah Armwood, F, George Washington (12.3 ppg, 8.7 rpg)
Tyreek Duren, G, La Salle (15.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.2 apg)
Kendall Anthony, G, Richmond (16.0 ppg)
Halil Kanecevic, F, Saint Joseph's (10.3 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 4.4 apg)
Juvonte Reddic, F, VCU (12.5 ppg, 8.5 rpg)

All-A10 third team:

Devin Oliver, F, Dayton (12.0 ppg, 7.4 rpg)
Ovie Soko, F, Duquesne (18.2 ppg, 7.8 rpg)
Maurice Creek, G, George Washington (14.6 ppg, 3.3 rpg)
Patricio Garino, F, George Washington (12.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg)
Ronald Roberts, Jr., F, St. Joseph's (14.6 ppg, 7.2 rpg)

Here are the A-10 forwards placed ahead of Soko (18.2 ppg/7.8 rpg): Evans (14.0/6.4), Armwood (12.3/8.7), Kanecevic (10.3/8.3), Reddic (12.5/8.5).

Other sad people today: Fordham's Branden Frazier (18.0 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 4.3 apg) and Jon Severe (17.6 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.0 apg), St. Bonaventure's Matthew Wright (16.7 ppg, 3.2 rpg/apg), Rhode Island's Xavier Munford (16.7 ppg, 3.9 rpg), George Mason's Byron Allen (15.2 ppg, 3.9 rpg) and Sherrod Wright (15.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg). 

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