Demetric Austin headlines four from Dillard earning NAIA All-American recognition

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Demetric Austin

Dillard senior forward Demetric Austin was named second-team National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) All-American while three of his Bleu Devil teammates earned honorable mention recognition, it was announced Thursday.

Bleu Devil guards Quinton Jackson and Dennis Hightower along with center Jalen McGaughy were honorable mention All-Americans.

“I am really happy for all four young men, particularly Demetric and Dennis, being their senior years,” said Bleu Devils Head Coach Mike Newell. Demetric really had an outstanding year and did everything you could ask for from a senior. I am happy for all the others as well. Dennis was up and down all year but he has enough consistency to earn it, so that’s good. Jalen and Quinton were add-ons for this season, and Quinton only played the second semester, so that is kudos to him. They have a lot of work to do over the offseason to be able to fill in the shoes for the two senior All-Americans that were just named so we can get back to NAIA nationals and hopefully ‘third time’s a charm’ for the Bleu Devils.”

Austin, 6-7, 235, led Dillard to a 25-8 record, a GCAC championship and a first-round victory in the NAIA Tournament. The Washington, D.C. product averaged 20.8 points and 8.5 rebounds per game.

The 25 wins were the most in program history for a single season.

“It’s a great sign of respect to Dillard from the NAIA and the rest of the basketball world that we have an NAIA-high four All-Americans this season,” said Newell. “It goes to show that if you have talent, and if you come to Dillard to play ball, you can be successful and become an All-American. It’s a great recruit

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.)
 
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