Belmont's Bradds named OVC player, TSU's Ford coach of year

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (AP) Evan Bradds of Belmont has been voted the Ohio Valley Conference player of the year, while Dana Ford has been named the league's coach of the year after leading Tennessee State to a 15-win improvement in his second season.

The OVC announced the awards Tuesday.

Bradds led Division I in field goal percentage for a second straight season, and the junior shot 70.7 percent to help Belmont win its third OVC title in four seasons.

The youngest coach in Division I, the 31-year-old Ford led Tennessee State to a 20-9 record after last year's squad won just five games.

Tahjere McCall of Tennessee State was named the OVC's defensive player of the year, and Eastern Kentucky's Nick Mayo the freshman of the year.

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