Blue Springs South High School graduate Justin Pitts has another award to add to his collection.
The Northwest Missouri State University junior guard was named the 2016-17 Conference Commissioner's Association (D2CCA) Central Region Player of the Year.
Pitts, who has led top-ranked Northwest Missouri to a 31-1 record and a berth in today’s NCAA Division II regional final, was also named to the All-Central Region first team for the second straight year.
With the award, Pitts is now eligible for D2CCA All-America honors, which will be voted upon later this season.
Pitts was already named Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletics Association Player of the Year for a second straight season.
Pitts is the all-time leading scorer in program history with 1,825 points in 92 career games (19.8 ppg). This year, he is averaging a team-best 20.3 points, 5.2 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game. He has scored in double figures in 30 of 32 games this season and all 29 contests against Division II opponents.
He poured in 33 points in a 79-74 overtime regional win over Upper Iowa on Saturday, and then scored a team-high 16 points and dished out eight assists in Sunday’s 74-53 win over Augustana on Sunday that put the Bearcats into today’s 7 p.m. regional final against Southwest Minnesota State.
Pitts has also been named to the top 50 for the Bevo Francis Award watch list, which goes to the top small college player in the nation.