ECK, JUISTON HONORED BY GREATER WICHITA SPORTS COMMISSION

Blue Dragon Men's Basketball Coach Steve Eck receives the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission's 2017 Coach of the Year on Thursday in Wichita (Steve Carpenter/HCC Sports Information)
Blue Dragon Men's Basketball Coach Steve Eck receives the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission's 2017 Coach of the Year on Thursday in Wichita (Steve Carpenter/HCC Sports Information)

HCC Sports Information
Thursday, June 29, 2017

The awards keep coming in for the National Champion Hutchinson Community College Men's Basketball Team.

Head Coach Steve Eck and National Player of the Year Shakur Juiston were named the GWASC's Coach and Junior College Male Athlete of the Year at the commission's 20th annual banquet at the Wichita Hyatt.

Coach Eck received his award from Wichita State Hall of Fame Baseball Coach Gene Stephenson. Blue Dragon Assistant Coach Jay Cyriac accepted the award for Juiston, who is currently at UNLV in preparation for the 2017-18 season with the Runnin' Rebels.

Blue Dragon women's basketball sophomore Taylor Stahly was a finalist for the College Female Athlete of the Year.

Since defeating Eastern Florida State 84-58 in the 2017 NJCAA Tournament championship game to win Hutchinson's third national championship in program history, Eck has been named the NJCAA Tournament Coach of the Tournament, the NJCAA Division I Men's Basketball Coach of the Year and the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association Coach of the Year.

The 2017 national championship was a culmination of a 35-2 season, in which the Blue Dragons won its second-straight Jayhawk Conference championship.

Completing his eight season at Hutchinson, Eck is 231-46 with the Blue Dragons. That tenure includes 67-7 over the past two seasons, both of which reached the NJCAA Tournament championship game. Eck is now No. 2 in all-time coaching victories at Hutchinson.

He is 553-96 in 19 seasons as a head coach at Butler, Redlands, Cowley and Hutchinson. Eck has guided the Blue Dragons to the national tournament four times – 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017 – two Region VI Tournament championships and two Jayhawk Conference championships.

Juiston a 6-foot-7 forward from Newark., New Jersey, is the first Blue Dragon to earn the Wichita Area Sports Commission's Male Athlete of the Year Award. Juiston was also named the NJCAA and NABC National Player of the Year as well as the Jayhawk Conference Player of the Year and Region VI Player of the Year.

Juiston was also named the NJCAA Tournament Most Valuable Player after leading the Blue Dragons to their third national championship on March 25 after an 84-58 national championship game victory over Eastern Florida State at the Sports Arena. He had four double-doubles in the NJCAA Tournament. He had tournament highs of 88 points, 56 rebounds and averaged 5.0 assists and 2.5 steals per game over four games.

For the 2016-17 season, Juiston averaged a double-double for the season at 17.3 points and 12.1 rebounds per game in his sophomore season. Juiston shot 60.9 percent from the field and averaged 3.9 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.8 blocked shots per game.

Juiston had 26 double-doubles and one triple-double.

Juiston broke the Blue Dragons' single-game rebound record of 20 against Dodge City and then went on to break the program's career rebounding record of 741. Juiston ranked sixth in the NJCAA in total rebounds and was first in the nation in defensive rebounding average.

Juiston's 446 total rebounds this past season were third most in team history. His 12.1 boards per game average tied Ben Davis (1994) for sixth on the season list. His 67 blocks were seventh most in team season history.

Juiston ranked fourth in Region VI in scoring, third in field-goal percentage, led the league in rebounding and tied for the conference lead in blocked shots.

Stahly, a sophomore sharpshooter from Newton who will next play at Louisiana Tech University, set Blue Dragon season and career and Jayhawk Conference career 3-point records in a 2017 season that saw Hutchinson win conference and Region VI titles and qualify for the NJCAA Tournament.

Stahly was a 2017 All-Jayhawk Conference First Team and an All-Region VI Second-Team Performer. She was named the Most Valuable Player of the Region VI Tournament.

As a sophomore at Hutch, she became Hutchinson's single-season and career 3-point leader with 115 makes for the season and 218 makes from long range for her career.  Her 49.8 percent efficiency from 3-point range ranked was second in Blue Dragon team history and was No. 3 in the NJCAA this season. Her 115 makes this season were second most in the nation.

She had 17 games of 4 or more 3-pointers in a single game. She had a single-game and career-high eight 3-pointers in an NJCAA Tournament game against Jones County.