CMU basketball's Reggie Bass named MAC Freshman of the Year


Freshman guard Reggie Bass drives against Northern Illinois' Kaleb Thornton during a game Saturday, Feb. 25 in McGuirk Arena. Bass scored a career and game-high 40 points. 

Central Michigan men’s basketball guard Reggie Bass has been named the Mid-American Conference Freshman of the Year. The MAC also announced on Wednesday that Bass was named to the All-MAC Freshman Team.

Bass is just the second Chippewa to achieve MAC Freshman of the Year, following the footsteps of Mike Manciel who won the award in 1999.

Averaging 12.4 points, 3.3 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game, Bass was called upon to step into the role of starting point guard with guard Kevin Miller missing all but four games on the season. 

Bass’ 12.4 points per game ranked fourth on the team and second among players to play at least 20 games this season. His 3.3 assists per game were second (behind Miller), and he also tied for first on the team with 1.1 steals per game.

In addition to his steady presence during a season marred with injuries, he also provided some highlight moments in an otherwise disappointing campaign for the Chippewas, who failed to make the MAC tournament. Perhaps the most dramatic of which came on Dec. 29 in CMU’s win over Michigan in Ann Arbor, when Bass hit a go-ahead three pointer with 11 seconds remaining to ultimately seal the 63-61 upset victory for his team.

On Feb. 25, Bass recorded a career-high 40 points in a narrow 84-80 loss to Northern Illinois. 21 of those 40 points came at the free throw line, marking a program record.