WHITEFISH -- Carroll College senior Dane Warp and Providence junior Emilee Maldonado were selected the Frontier Conference preseason basketball players of the year, the league announced Friday.
Warp averaged 16.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game in helping Carroll to a national runner-up finish at the NAIA tournament last year. The Havre native made 52.7 percent of his field goal attempts and 43.9 percent of his 3-point attempts, which led the team. He also led the Saints in assists, was second in steals (44 total) and third in points per game last year.
Carroll kicks off its 2019-20 campaign with the Purple-Gold Scrimmage on Oct. 18 and then plays an exhibition game at Oregon State. The Saints' first counting game is Nov. 1 against Southern Oregon.
Maldonado led Providence in scoring last season, averaging 16.1 points per game to go along with 3.9 rebounds and and 5.1 assists per outing. Maldonado was second in the Frontier Conference in scoring last year, trailing only Brianna King, who earned national player of the year honors while helping Montana Western win the NAIA national championship. Maldonado led the Frontier in assists.
The Argos start their 2019-20 season on Oct. 18 against Mount Royal University.
Men's basketball preseason selections
Player of the year: Dane Warp, Carroll College, 6-foot-5, sr., guard
Brandon Cotton, Providence, 5-10, sr., guard
Taylor England, Montana Tech, 6-7, jr., forward
Zaccheus Darko-Kelly, Providence, 6-6, jr., guard
Mascio McCadney, MSU-Northern, 6-3, jr., guard
Damek Mitchell, Lewis-Clark State, 5-9, jr., guard
Women's basketball preseason selections
Player of the year: Emilee Maldonado, Providence, 5-5, jr., guard
Christine Denny, Carroll College, 5-9, jr., guard
Parker Esary, Providence, 6-1, jr., post
Markaela Francis, Rocky Mountain College, 6-0, jr., forward
Dani Wagner, Carroll College, 5-9, jr., guard
Mesa Williams, Montana Tech, 5-10, jr., guard/forward