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Men's Basketball - Fri, Mar. 24, 2017
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KANSAS CITY, Mo.– The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced the 2016-17 Division I Men's Basketball All-America Teams on Thursday. Delarian Williams of Life (Ga.) was named the 2017 NABC-NAIA National Player of the Year. Williams becomes the second Running Eagle – the first since Jimmie Hunter in 2000 – to earn this distinction.

Jordan Washington led the Tornadoes in scoring averaging 24.6 ppg and 3.25 apg.  Washington finish his career with 1409 points and 267 assists.

By Chad Waller, Director of Athletics Communications & Media

All of the selections are made by the All-America Committee and comprises a First, Second, Third and Honorable Mention Team. There are 10 members on each of the first three All-America teams.
Williams, a native of Pensacola, Fla., finished his senior season fifth in the NAIA in scoring average (21.6) and 16th in field goal percentage (.537). He led his program, which ended its season with a 26-11 record and its first wins in the national championship tournament since 2000, in blocks (1.0 bpg) and steals (1.2 spg) and was second in rebounding (7.2 rpg). In 37 games played, Williams hit 10-or-more points 35 times, including 30-plus points on seven occasions. In two seasons at Life, Williams compiled 1,270 points (20.5 ppg) and 414 rebounds (6.7 rpg). He was also honored as the Mid-South Conference Player of the Year.

Williams was equally impressive in the Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship, where he averaged 22.4 points, grabbed 6.8 rebounds, averaged 1.8 steals and shot 44.2 percent (42-of-95) from the field. His best statistical performance came in the first round victory over Martin Methodist (Tenn.), when he went for 31 points on 12-for-20 shooting and added nine rebounds and five steals. He led the Running Eagles to the title contest, where Life dropped an 86-76 decision to Texas Wesleyan on March 21.

Xavielle Brown of Park (Mo.) was the only individual to repeat on the NAIA All-America First Team. Joe Jackson of Our Lady of the Lake (Texas), Kieston Standfield of Middle Georgia State and Zach Taylor of Carroll (Mont.) are listed on the NAIA First Team, one year removed from a NAIA Second Team selection.

Following the conclusion of the national championship title game on Tuesday, Brennen Shingleton of Texas Wesleyan was named the 2016-17 NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coach of the Year. Shingleton led the Rams to its second-ever national title – the other one coming back in 2006 – and a 29-7 overall record.

Prior to the national championship, LSU Alexandria (La.) head coach Larry Cordaro won the 2016-17 NABC-NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coach of the Year honor. Cordaro was the sideline general of a team to finish 34-1 overall and spot in the national semifinals.

For more NAIA Division I Men's Basketball information, click HERE.

2017 NAIA Division I Men's Basketball All-American's

First Team

    

Name

School

Pos.

Yr.

Hometown

Zach Taylor &

Carroll (Mont.)

Guard

Sr.

Duvall, Wash.

Liam Hunt

Hope International (Calif.)

Center

Jr.

San Anselmo, Calif.

Dalarian Williams ^

Life (Ga.)

Forward

Sr.

Pensacola, Fla.

Brian Sylvester

LSU Alexandria (La.)

Forward

Sr.

Breaux Bridge, La.

Kieston Standfield &

Middle Georgia State

Center

Sr.

Birmingham, Ala.

Xavier Smith

Oklahoma City

Center

Sr.

Richardson, Texas

Joe Jackson &

Our Lady of the Lake (Texas)

Forward

Sr.

San Antonio Texas

Xavielle Brown*

Park (Mo.)

Guard

Sr.

Ft. Wayne, Ind.

Dion Rogers

Texas Wesleyan

Guard

Sr.

North Brunswick, N.J.

Torren Jones

William Penn (Iowa)

Forward

Sr.

Chandler, Ariz.

     

Second Team

    

Name

School

Position

Class

Hometown

Andre Yates

Benedictine (Kan)

Guard

Sr.

Dayton, Ohio

Dakari Archer *

Biola (Calif.)

Guard

Sr.

Downey, Calif.

Carnilious Simmons

Dalton State (Ga.)

Forward

Jr.

Atlanta, Ga.

Demetric Austin &

Dillard (La.)

Forward

Sr.

Washington, D.C.

Brandon Moss

LSU Alexandria (La.)

Forward

Jr.

Bessemer, Ala.

Dom Robinson

Montana Western

Guard

Jr.

Tacoma, Wash.

Darrion Leslie

Pikeville (Ky.)

Forward

Jr.

Huntsville, Ala.

Taran Buie %

Science & Arts (Okla.)

Guard

Sr.

Albany, N.Y.

Reid Shackleford

The Master's (Calif.)

Guard

Sr.

Murrietta, Calif.

Cory Blau &

Westmont (Calif.)

Guard

Sr.

Laguna Niguel, Calif.

     

Third Team

    

Name

School

Position

Class

Hometown

Ryan Imhoff

Carroll (Mont.)

Forward

Jr.

Napa, Calif.

Ron Lee Jr.

Central Methodist (Mo.)

Guard

Sr.

Oak Park, Calif.

Jackson Dubinski

Columbia (Mo.)

Guard

Jr.

Columbia, Mo.

Curtis Jones

Langston (Okla.)

Guard

Sr.

Chicago, Ill.

Caleb Chowbay

Martin Methodist (Tenn.)

Guard

Sr.

Nashville, Tenn.

Justin Randall

MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)

Forward

Sr.

Burlington, Iowa

Shyke Smalls

Montana Western

Guard

Sr.

Great Falls, Mont.

Jordan Washington*

Talladega (Ala.)

Guard

Sr.

Memphis, Tenn.

Naiel Smith

Texas Wesleyan

Guard

Sr.

Brookyln, N.Y.

Leo Garrett

William Carey (Miss.)

Guard

Sr.

Brookhaven, Miss.

     

^ 2017 NAIA Player of the Year

    

* 2016 All-America First Team

    

& 2016 All-America Second Team

    

% 2016 All-America Third Team

    
 

Honorable Mention

 

Name

School

Chris Sterling

Arizona Christian

Caelan Tiongson

Biola (Calif.)

Eric Kinney

Campbellsville (Ky.)

Jaylen McBride

Central Baptist (Ark.)

Malik Ray

Columbia (Mo.)

Nic Reynolds

Columbia (Mo.)

Diondrey Holt Jr

Cumberland (Tenn.)

Marquis Yates

Cumberlands (Ky.)

Isaiah Box

Dalton State (Ga.)

Quinton Jackson

Dillard (La.)

Jalen McGaughy

Dillard (La.)

Dennis Hightower

Dillard (La.)

Di'mar Hill

Faulkner (Ala.)

Fitzgerald Hopkins

Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.)

Troy Steward

Georgetown (Ky.)

Quan Poindexter

Georgetown (Ky.)

Jeremy Deemer

Graceland (Iowa)

Nathan Washington

Grand View (Iowa)

Jjuan Hadnot

Grand View (Iowa)

Jalen Fletcher

Harris-Stowe State (Mo.)

Malcom Ballard

Huston-Tillotson (Texas)

Doug McDaniel

Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)

Zavon Jackson

Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)

Zach Landis

Life (Ga.)

Charles Sutton

Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)

Dmitry Utolin

Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)

Johnny Griffin Jr.

Loyola (La.)

Gilbert Talbot

LSU Alexandria (La.)

Benjamin Batts

LSU Shreveport (La.)

AJ Lynch

Martin Methodist (Tenn.)

Olajuwon Garner

Mid-America Christian (Okla.)

Jared White

Missouri Baptist

Brody Gronewold

Missouri Valley

Ben Struss

Mount Mercy (Iowa)

C.J Parker

Mount Mercy (Iowa)

BJ Watson

Park (Mo.)

Rashad Brackeen

Peru State (Neb.)

Christopher Ward

Philander Smith (Ark.)

Zach Hinton

Rocky Mountain (Mont.)

Riley Bradshaw

Rocky Mountain (Mont.)

Keyunta Watkins

SAGU (Texas)

Isaak Rowe

SAGU (Texas)

Rodney Smith

St. Gregory (Okla.)

Marvin White

Southwestern Christian (Okla.)

Najeal Young

Texas Wesleyan

Lawrence Russell

The Master's (Calif.)

Andravious Smith

Tougaloo (Miss.)

Zach Allmon

Vanguard (Calif.)

Denzel Famble

Voorhees (S.C.)

Maurice Redmond

Wayland Baptist (Texas)

Jerry Karczewski

Westmont (Calif.)

Ricardo Artis

Wiley (Texas)

George Page

Wiley (Texas)

Chris Murry

William Jessup (Calif.)

Lionel Ellison

William Penn (Iowa)

Trey Mitchell

William Woods (Mo.)