NCCSIA Announces 2015-16 All-State College Division Men’s Basketball Team

The North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) announced its selections for the 2015-16 College Division All-State Men’s Basketball Team on Monday. Ten players representing eight different North Carolina Universities and Colleges were named to the 2015-16 NCCSIA College Division All-State Teams.

Five different Universities or Colleges were represented on the first team. Johnson C. Smith had one representative on both the first and second teams, while Queens sent a pair of student-athletes to the second team.

The 2015-16 Conference Carolinas Player of the Year, Austin Anderson averaged 17.5 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.7 steals per game this season for Lees-McRae. Anderson has already raked in a host of accolades, including Division II Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA) all-region and National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) all-district honors. A first team all-Conference Carolinas pick, he was also named an honorable mention all-American by Division II Bulletin.

Dontrell Brite earned NCCSIA all-state honors for the third-straight season after averaging 13.1 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.7 blocks an outing for Mount Olive. Brite grabbed first team All-Conference Carolinas honors as well. He shot 44 percent from the field on the season and registered an impressive 82.2 percent success rate from the free-throw line as well. He finished his career with 1,624 points – good enough for fifth on Mount Olive’s all-time scoring charts – and ranks third all-time with 483 career assists.

Stedmon Lemon, the 2015-16 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Player of the Year, shot nearly 48 percent from the field and registered a CIAA-best 21.0 points per game to go along with 7.2 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.2 steals an outing. A 72.4 percent free throw shooter, Lemon led Johnson C. Smith to the CIAA Southern Division championship, scoring 10 or more points in 23 of 25 outings, including a quartet of 30+-point games. He poured in a season-best 34 points in a loss at Concord in late November.

An all-American selection by both the American Basketball Coaches Association (ABCA) and the D2CCA, Keenan Palmore led the South Atlantic Conference in scoring (21.9 points/game), rebounds (9.2/game) and assists (6.3/game) in leading Lenoir-Rhyne to a 21-10 record and an appearance in the NCAA Division II Southeast Region championship game. Palmore shot 52.5 percent from the field and played nearly 33 minutes per game, while also registering four triple-double performances. In addition to his all-American nods, he was also named the SAC and D2CCA Player of the Year.

Rickey Porter shot better than 56.2 percent from the field for Johnson & Wales and averaged 20.4 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game en route to being named a first team all-American and national player of the year by the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA). Porter scored 10 or more points in 27 of 29 games, including a pair of 35-point games, and eclipsed the 1,000-career point mark in just two seasons. The 2015-16 JWU Male Athlete of the Year, Porter is JWU’s career record holder in field goals made, and ranks second all-time in career points and rebounds.

In addition to the first team honorees, five players garnered second team all-state laurels as well. That list includes Sean Morgan and Rob Lewis of Queens, Brevard’s Demarcus Threatt, Diondre Pratt of Johnson C. Smith and St. Augustine’s Quincy January.

Nominees were submitted by North Carolina sports information professionals and voted on by the NCCSIA members.

Founded in 2002, The North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) is comprised of sports information professionals from NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA and independent institutions from the state of North Carolina. The purpose of the organization is to promote collegiate athletics at all schools. Membership is open to anyone affiliated with a college, university or conference located in North Carolina, and whose area of responsibility lies within sports information.

NCCSIA selects all-state teams in the University (Division I) and College (Division II, III, NAIA) divisions for men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball, softball, and baseball.

 

North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association
2015-16 College Division All-State Men’s Basketball Teams

First Team

     

Pos.

Name

Class

School

Hometown

G

Austin Anderson

Sr.

Lees-McRae College

Anderson, S.C.

G

Dontrell Brite$^

Sr.

University of Mount Olive

Chesapeake, Va.

F

Stedmon Lemon

Sr.

Johnson C. Smith

Lithonia, Ga.

G

Keenan Palmore

Sr.

Lenoir-Rhyne

Stone Mountain, Ga.

F

Ricky Porter

Jr.

Johnson & Wales

Charlotte, N.C.

         

Second Team

     

Pos.

Name

Class

School

Hometown

F Quincy January So. St. Augustine's Atlanta, Ga.

G

Rob Lewis^

Sr.

Queens University of Charlotte

Houston, Texas

F

Sean Morgan

Sr.

Queens University of Charlotte

Kennesaw, Ga.

F

Diondre Pratt

Sr.

Johnson C. Smith

Morven, N.C.

G

Demarcus Threatt

Jr.

Brevard

Alabaster, Ala.

$ - Named to 2013-14 All-State Team
^ - Named to 2014-15 All-State Team