Carrollton, GA - The Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (GCAA) announced its post-season basketball recognitions Saturday and West Georgia Tech is well represented. Coach Niki Okolovitch was honored as the GCAA Division III Coach of the Year while Juwan Johnson and Kameron Hickey were both named 1st Team All-Region.
The Coach of the Year honor marked the 4th time that Okolovitch has received this recognition during his tenure as head coach. He served as an assistant coach in 2009-10 and took over the reins the following season. In his 9 years as head coach, Okolovitch has compiled a 121-124 record, playing a schedule against primarily Division I competition. On his watch, the Knights won 5 GCAA Championships, including one this past season, the program's final one.
Also recognized by the GCAA as 1st Team All-Region selections were Johnson and Hickey. Johnson, a 6-4 guard who prepped at Newton High School in Covington, led the Knights with 14.9 points per game. The freshman had 7 games which he scored 20 or more points, including a season-high 32 in a 103-81 win over Georgia Gwinnett. Johnson also poured in 29 in a 97-96 win at Emory-Oxford in the regular season finale.
An Acworth native, Hickey, a 6-5 sophomore guard, was the team's second leading scorer with 13.3 points per game. The Etowah High product scored a season-high 32 points in the 99-95 overtime win over Emory-Oxford, which clinched the GCAA Championship. Hickey also gets it done in the classroom, as he was also selected to the All-Academic Team by the GCAA.
Coach Okolovitch had nothing but praise for his standout players. "Juwan and Kameron are just two sensational kids who, along with their eight teammates, left it all on the court all the way to the end." Okolovitch continued, "Kameron is getting interest from 4-year schools, and with his combination of talent, high character, and terrific classroom performance, we expect him to move on to bigger and better things. Juwan is such a high-level talent, he will have his pick of junior colleges to transfer to, so we'll see him on the court next year as well."
The Knights concluded the season at 15-10 overall, including a 3-0 GCAA record, and advanced to the NJCAA District VII playoffs, where they fell to Prince George's 88-76.