Each week, you should be pretty accustomed to seeing a D2 basketball conference top 5 from us. This week we're taking a closer look at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, and they've proven to be a conference of scorers. We tried to come up with a diverse list from multiple schools, but please feel free to tweet us @HEROSportsNews if you think we left anyone out!
5. Chris Golden, G, CSU-Pueblo
Chris Golden transferred this season from D1 school Weber State after starting all 27 games for them last year. Since coming to his new team, Golden has had one goal in mind: getting the ThunderWolves to win another national championship. "They haven't won one in a while so that's my ultimate goal. We're struggling a little bit to accomplish that goal, but we still have time and I'm confident that we can still get it done." Golden is definitely doing what he can to help his team out with this goal, as he's leading the team in scoring with 16.9 points per game.
4. Gokul Natesan, G/F, Colorado Mines
This Computer Science major is not only talented in the classroom, he also has game out on the court. He's currently averaging 21 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game. This guy was the RMAC Academic Player of the Year and also found a place on the All-Academic First Team, perhaps this is his year to land honors for his excellent playing as well.
3. Shakir Smith, G, Adams State
Last season, Shakir Smith was second on the team in scoring, averaging 15.1 per game. He's improved that already impressive stat drastically this season, as he's currently averaging 22.3 points, 3.5 assists, and 1.5 steals per game. Interestingly, this is his third college team as he played at both Pima Community College and the University of Wyoming.
2. Alex Welsh, F, Colorado Springs
Alex Welsh is the most recent recipient of RMAC Player of the Week after averaging 33 points per game and shooting 69% from the field. His offensive prowess wasn't a one-week wonder, however, as he's currently averaging 21.6 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game over the course of the season. Welsh has already amassed 16 blocks this season as well, and it's safe to say he'll outdo his previous season high of 19 from his sophomore season.
1. Ryan Stephan, C, Colorado Mesa
After interviewing Ryan Stephan earlier this season, we've known for a while that he's a special player. His play has been nothing short of spectacular, as he's currently averaging 25.8 points and 11.6 rebounds per game – both good for 1st in the RMAC. You would think this level of play would make him a strong candidate for RMAC Player of the Year but Stephan knows how that selection process goes. "The way I look at winning RMAC POY is the same way I have in my last three years in the RMAC. The best player on the league champions team has won the award," Stephen said. "So if winning this award means we have won the league, then I have knocked out two goals in one."
Don't sleep on this ex-breakdancer, he's almost a lock for the win.