Homesley and McKay earned NABC Honors.
Liberty Basketball was well recognized by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) as head coach Ritchie McKay was named the District Three Coach of the Year and Caleb Homesley was named to the NABC's District Three First Team.
McKay is the first Liberty coach to be named a District Coach of the Year in its Division I era. McKay led the Flames to one of the best seasons in school history as he was named ASUN Co-Coach of the Year. It was his second conference coach of the year honor, as he was previously named the Big South Coach of the Year in 2016. McKay and the Flames won a school-record 30 games as Liberty won back-to-back conference championships for the first time in school history. The Flames ended the season with a perfect 17-0 home record, the first time in school history Liberty ended the season undefeated at home. The Flames punctuated the season by winning the ASUN Championship at the Vines Center.
Caleb Homesley is the first Liberty player to be named to an NABC All-District First Team since Anthony Smith was named First Team back in 2009. The senior was exceptional all season earning ASUN Player of the Year honors. He became just the second player in school history to earn Player of the Year honors, joining Jesse Sanders, who was named Big South Player of the Year in 2011. Homesley averaged a career-best 15.3 points per game to go along with 5.7 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. During conference play, Homesley elevated his game to another level with 17.6 ppg, 5.8 rpg and 2.5 apg. Homesley had eight games this season where he scored 20 points or more, seven of which came during conference play. Homesley concluded his career ranking No. 10 on Liberty's all-time scoring list with 1,539 career points and No. 8 on the all-time rebounding list with 703 career rebounds.
This is just the second time in Liberty's Division I era that it has been represented on the all-district teams in consecutive seasons, as Scottie James was a District Three Second Team selection in 2019. Jesse Sanders earned NABC all-district honors in both 2011 and 2012.
About the National Association of Basketball Coaches
Located in Kansas City, Mo., the NABC was founded in 1927 by Phog Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as Guardians of the Game. The NABC currently has nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men's basketball coaches. All members of the NABC are expected to uphold the core values of being a Guardian of the Game by bringing attention to the positive aspects of the sport of basketball and the role coaches play in the academic and athletic lives of today's student-athletes. The four core values of being a Guardian of the Game are advocacy, leadership, service and education. Additional information about the NABC, its programs and membership, can be found at www.nabc.com.
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