NCCSIA Announces 2017 Men's Basketball University Division All-State Teams

The North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) has announced the 10 members of the 2017 University Division All-State Men's Basketball Team. Seven different North Carolina institutions are represented in this year's teams.

UNC Wilmington led the way with three selections, while North Carolina State University picked up two selections. Campbell University, Elon University, North Carolina Central University, UNC Charlotte, and Western Carolina University all placed a student-athlete on one of the two all-state teams.

Campbell's Chris Clemons earned first-team all-state honors after leading the Camels to a 19-18 record and an appearance in the College Invitational Tournament quarterfinals. The Raleigh, N.C. native led the Big South Conference in scoring with 25.1 points per game, adding 4.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 1.9 steals per contest. The first-team Big South all-conference and second-team NABC all-district honoree set a Big South conference record with a 51-point outburst in Campbell's conference tournament quarterfinals victory over second-seeded UNC Asheville.

The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Player of the Year, North Carolina Central's Patrick Cole was selected to the first-team after leading the Eagles to a 25-9 record, capturing the MEAC regular season and conference tournament titles and earning a berth in the NCAA Tournament. The Newark, N.J. native averaged 19.3 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 5.6 assists per contest and recorded the first triple-double in NCCU's NCAA Division One history with a 14 point, 12 board, 10 assist outing against Jackson State University.

NC State's Dennis Smith, Jr. is the only freshman to earn all-state honors this year after being named Atlantic Coast Conference Freshman of the Year and second-team all-ACC. Smith, Jr. averaged 18.1 points, 4.6 rebounds, 6.2 assists, and 1.9 steals per game. The Fayetteville, N.C. native finished second in the ACC in steals and sixth in scoring average, while leading ACC freshmen in points, assists, steals, and minutes played.

The first of three all-state members from UNCW, sophomore C.J. Bryce helped lead the Seahawks to a 29-6 record, Colonial Athletic Association regular-season and tournament titles, and a NCAA Tournament appearance. Bryce led UNCW with 17.4 points per contest, chipping in 5.4 boards and 2.9 assists per game. A first-team all-CAA honoree and the Most Valuable Player of the 2017 CAA Tournament, Bryce set the sophomore scoring record at UNCW with 608 points while leading the Seahawks in scoring on 12 occasions.

Charlotte's Jon Davis is the final first-team all-state member after averaging 19.6 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 4.2 assists. The sophomore finished second in Conference USA in scoring, recording double-figure performances in 28 of 30 games for the 49ers and scoring a season-high 35 points in Charlotte's win over Old Dominion University, the second-most post scored in the 49ers' home arena, Halton Arena. For his efforts, Davis earned second-team all-Conference USA and second-team NABC all-district honors.

Picking up NCCSIA second-team honors were Elon's Tyler Seibring, NC State's Abdul-Malik Abu, UNCW's Devontae Cacok and Chris Flemmings, and Western Carolina's Haboubacar Mutombo.

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.

NCCSSIA 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
2017 University Division All-State Men's Basketball Teams

First Team

 
 
 

Pos.

Name

Class

School

Hometown

G

Chris Clemons

So.

Campbell

Raleigh, N.C.

G

G

C.J. Bryce

Dennis Smith, Jr.

So.

Fr.

UNC Pembroke

NC State

Charlotte, N.C.

Fayetteville, N.C.

G

Jon Davis

So.

Charlotte

Upper Marlboro, Md.

G

Patrick Cole

r-Sr.

NCCU

Newark, N.J.

 
 
 
 
 

Second Team

 
 
 

Pos.

Name

Class

School

Hometown

F

Devontae Cacok

Jr.

UNCW

Riverdale, Ga.

F

Abdul-Malik Abu

Jr.

NC State

Boston, Mass.

G

Chris Flemmings

Sr.

UNCW

Cary, N.C.

F

Tyler Seibring

So.

Elon

Normal, Ill.

G

Haboubacar Mutombo

r-Jr.

Western Carolina

Pickering, Ontario, Canada