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2015-16 NAIA Division I Menís Basketball All-Americans Announced

March 24, 2016
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By Chad Waller, Director of Communications & Sports Information

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced the 2015-16 Division I Men’s Basketball All-America Teams on Thursday. Deondre McWhorter (pictured) of Georgetown (Ky.) was named the 2015-16 NABC-NAIA National Player of the Year. McWhorter becomes the second Tiger since the award began in 1994 to earn this accolade – Vic Moses was the NAIA Co-Player of the Year in 2013.

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.
In 34 games (34 starts) this season, McWhorter averaged a double-double of 18.4 points and 10.0 rebounds. He ranked seventh in the NAIA in rebounding average, No. 12 in total scoring (626 points), No. 14 in blocks per game (1.6), No. 16 in field goal percentage (.544) and 25th in scoring. In 32-of-34 games, he went for at least 10 points, including a season-high 26 on two occasions, with the last coming in the second round of the NAIA National Championship March 18 against Arizona Christian. The native of Louisville, Ky., posted 16 double-doubles on the year, including four in five championship games.

McWhorter was a catalyst for the Tigers to reach the Buffalo-Funds-NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship title game on Tuesday. In five games, he averaged 21.4 points, 11.0 rebounds, and 2.2 blocks, and was named to the NAIA All-Tournament Team. In his four-year Georgetown career, he tallied 2,039 career points (15.2 ppg), 1,122 rebounds (8.4 rpg) and 226 blocks (1.7 bpg).

Georgetown – McWhorter and Noah Cottrill – and Biola (Calif.) – Terrell Funches and Dakari Archer – were the only programs to earn multiple All-American’s. The Tigers duo were on the First Team, while Biola’s Archer was on the First Team and Funches was selected to the Third Team.

Following the conclusion of the national championship title game on Tuesday, Josh Gamblin of Mid-America Christian (Okla.) was named the 2015-16 Rawlings-NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coach of the Year. Gamblin’s Evangels won the 2016 national championship with a 100-99 overtime triumph over Georgetown on Tuesday. At 27 years old, Gamblin becomes the youngest coach at any level of men’s college basketball to win a national title and accomplish it in his first year at MACU. With a 28-9 record, Gamblin mentored Second Team All-American Nick Tate.

Prior to the national championship, Biola head coach Dave Holmquist won the 2015-16 NABC-NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Coach of the Year honor. Holmquist is only the eighth coach at any level of men’s college basketball to hit 900 career wins. He wrapped up his 36th year with 921 all-time victories.

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

FIRST TEAM
Name Institution Pos. Yr. Ht. Hometown
Dakari Archer Biola (Calif.) G Jr. 5-9 Downey, Calif.
Deondre McWhorter ^ Georgetown (Ky.) F Sr. 6-8 Louisville, Ky.
Noah Cottrill Georgetown (Ky.) G Sr. 6-3 Logan, W. Va.
Jacob Wiley Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) F Jr. 6-6 Newport, Wash.
DeAngelo Coleman LSU Alexandria (La.) G Sr. 5-11 McComb, Miss.
Xavielle Brown Park (Mo.) F Jr. 6-2 Fort Wayne, Ind.
Corday Sims Peru State (Neb.) G Sr. 6-5 Chicago, Ill.
Jordan Washington Talladega (Ala.) G Jr 5-10 Memphis,Tenn.
Jerell Ellis Texas Wesleyan G Sr. 6-4 San Antonio, Texas
Donta Pittman William Carey (Miss.) G Sr. 6-1 Waynesboro, Miss.
^ 2015-16 NABC-NAIA National Player of the Year          
           
SECOND TEAM
Sedrick Johnson Avila (Mo.) G Sr. 6-1 Tulsa, Okla.
Zach Taylor Carroll (Mont.) G Jr. 6-0 Duvall, Wash.
Demetric Austin Dillard (La.) F Jr. 6-7 Washington, D.C.
Orlando Bass Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) G Sr. 6-2 Oakland, Tenn.
Garrett Neilan Hope International (Calif.) G Sr. 6-6 Downey, Calif.
Nick Tate Mid-America Christian (Okla.) G Sr. 6-2 Sand Springs, Okla.
Kieston Standfield Middle Georgia State C Jr. 6-7 Birmingham, Ala.
Dexter Williams Jr. Montana Western F Sr. 6-4 Jacksonville, Fla.
Joe Jackson Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) F Jr. 6-6 San Antonio, Texas
Cory Blau Westmont (Calif.) G Jr. 6-3 Laguna Niguel, Calif.
           
THIRD TEAM
Terrell Funches Biola (Calif.) G Sr. 6-3 Canoga Park, Calif.
Dii'jon Allen-Jordan Campbellsville (Ky.) F Sr. 6-5 Plainfield, N.J.
Xavier Owens Cumberlands (Ky.) G Sr. 6-5 Tampa, Fla.
Curtis Jones Langston (Okla.) G Sr. 6-2 Chicago, Ill.
ShunQuez Stephens Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.) F Sr. 6-6 Flowery Branch, Ga.
Nick Syrie MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) G Sr. 5-11 Lafayette, La.
K.K. Simmons Pikeville (Ky.) G Sr. 6-3 Marietta, Ga.
Taran Buie Science & Arts (Okla.) G Jr. 6-2 Albany, N.Y.
Robert Waters Wayland Baptist (Texas) G Sr. 6-1 Austin, Texas
Steven Roundtree William Penn (Iowa) F Sr. 6-9 Jacksonville, Fla.
HONORABLE MENTION  
Chris Sterling Arizona Christian
Brandon Newman Arizona Christian
John Harris Jr. Benedictine (Kan.)
Eddie Green Bethel (Tenn.)
Sekou Harris Campbellsville (Ky.)
Ryan Imhoff Carroll (Mont.)
Match Burnham Carroll (Mont.)
Ron Lee Central Methodist (Mo.)
Dominic Early Coastal Georgia
Nic Reynolds Columbia (Mo.)
Zach Rockers Columbia (Mo.)
Jordan Bowling Dalton State (Ga.)
Jalen Robinson Dalton State (Ga.)
Di'mar Hill Faulkner (Ala.)
Nick Drake Faulkner (Ala.)
Isaiah Harrison Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.)
Evan Forhetz Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.)
Tony Kimbro Georgetown (Ky.)
Tuff Barnes Hope International (Calif.)
Shai Fields Huston-Tillotson (Texas)
Doug McDaniel Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)
Dalarian Williams Life (Ga.)
Johnny Griffin Jr. Loyola (La.)
Brian Sylvester LSU Alexandria (La.)
Tyrell Springer LSU Shreveport (La.)
Darius Forrest Martin Methodist (Tenn.)
Justin Randall MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)
Jared White Missouri Baptist
Raviel Burton Missouri Valley
Shyke Smalls Montana Western
Terence Bonhomme Oklahoma City
Kris Frazier Peru State (Neb.)
Macari Brooks Pikeville (Ky.)
Christian Leach Pikeville (Ky.)
Rob Nyby Rocky Mountain (Mont.)
Rishaad Alexander SAGU (Texas)
Dalante Dunklin San Diego Christian (Calif.)
James Still Southwestern Christian (Okla.)
Marvin White Southwestern Christian (Okla.)
Richard Shields St. Gregory's (Okla.)
Craig Grigsby St. Thomas-Houston (Texas)
Courtney Mack Talladega (Ala.)
Sam Akano Texas Wesleyan
Quintarius Porter Tougaloo (Miss.)
Denzel Bolden Voorhees (S.C.)
Jaamon Echols Vanguard (Calif.)
Darius Clement William Jessup (Calif.)
Brady Burford William Penn (Iowa)
Kevin House William Woods (Mo.)
Tevin Howard Williams Baptist (Ark.)
Morris Wright Xavier (La.)