Mount Olive, N.C. --- The North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) announced its selections for the 2017-18 College Division All-State Men's Basketball Teams on Tuesday. A total of 10 student-athletes from nine different North Carolina schools were named to the first and second teams.
Five different colleges and universities were represented on the First-Team All-State including Johnson C. Smith, Pfeiffer University, Queens University of Charlotte, UNC Pembroke and Saint Augustine's University.
Robert Davis of Johnson C. Smith received the most votes to lead off the All-State First-Team. Davis was named to the Atlantic Region First Team after helping the Golden Bulls to their first appearance in the CIAA Championship Game since 2009 this past season. Individually, Davis completed his JCSU career with 1,606 points while shooting 42.5% for his career (516-1215), 34.2% from long range (150-438) and 82.35 from the free throw line (424-515). He was also honored by the CIAA, earning the league Player of the Year and was tabbed an All-CIAA selection.
Pfeiffer's Josh Calhoun joins Davis on the NCSSIA First-Team All-State. Calhoun earned First-Team All-American honors from the Basketball Times and was selected to All-ECAC Second Team. Calhoun poured in 24.4 points per game which is the sixth-highest per game total in a single season in program history. The senior Rockingham, N.C. native ends his career in 10th place on the all-time scoring list with 1,655 career points. In his senior campaign, Calhoun shot 49.6 percent from the field and 46.6 percent from long range to lead the Falcons to a second straight 20-win season.
The Royals', Todd Withers, was named to the All-State first-team following a 32-4 season that finished up with an appearance in the NCAA DII Men's Basketball National Semifinals for Queens University. Withers was named an All-American by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) as well as an All-District selection by the NABC, a Second-Team All-Region selection by the Division II Conference Commissioners' Association (D2CCA), and a First-Team All-Conference selection in the SAC. He finished the season with 490 points averaging 13.6 per game to lead the Royals. Withers shot 49.9% from the field, 40.2 % from beyond the three-point arc and 75.3% from the charity stripe.
UNC Pembroke's Nigel Grant make his second straight appearance on the NCCSIA First-Team All-State after helping the Braves to a 27-6 season that concluded in the NCAA Southeast Regional Semifinals. Grant was selected as a member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District squad as well as earning spots on the D2CCA All-Southeast Region team, a Peach Belt first team all-conference selection and PBC Tournament most valuable player. A native of The Bronx, N.Y., Grant played in all 33 games (32 starts) for the Braves this season and registered a team-leading 16.0 points per game on 47 percent field goal shooting, while also turning in 1.0 blocks and 1.0 assists per game as well.
Wrapping up the First-Team All-State is Saint Augustine's senior center Quincy January. January was named to the CIAA All-Tournament Men's Basketball Team, was selected as the CIAA Defensive Player of the Year for the third straight time and made the All-CIAA team for the third consecutive year. The Atlanta, Ga., native averaged 12.2 points per game playing in all 26 contests, starting 24, for the Falcons. He finished the season with 318 points and team-highs 188 rebounds and 21 blocks.
The second team consists of a pair of Shaw Bears in Savon Goodman and DeAngelo Stephens-Bell, Jackson Whitley from Methodist University, Bobby Stenborg of Barton College and Marcus Curry from Guilford College.
Nominations were submitted by North Carolina sports information professionals and voted on by 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
2017-18 College Division All-State Men's Basketball Teams
|G||Robert Davis &||Johnson C. Smith||Sr.||West Friendship, Md.|
|G||Josh Calhoun||Pfeiffer University||Sr.||Rockingham, N.C.|
|G/F||Todd Withers &||Queens University of Charlotte||Sr.||Greensboro, N.C.|
|F||Nigel Grant #||UNC Pembroke||RSr.||Bronx, N.Y.|
|C||Quincy January #%||Saint Augustine's University||Sr.||Atlanta, Ga.|
|F||Savon Goodman||Shaw University||Sr.||Philadelphia, Penn.|
|G||DeAngelo Stephens-Bell||Shaw University||Sr.||Jacksonville, Fla.|
|F||Jackson Whitley||Methodist University||Sr.||Greensboro, N.C.|
|F||Bobby Stenborg||Barton College||Jr.||Garner, N.C.|
|F||Marcus Curry||Guilford College||Jr.||Greensboro, N.C.|
# - First-Team All-State in 2016-17
& - Second-Team All-State 2016-17
@ - First-Team All-State in 2015-16
% - Second-Team All-State 2015-16