Ge­orge­town’s Cof­fey, West­mont’s Moore re­ceive top NAIA honors

The Kansas City Star - - Sports - BY JEFF ROSEN [email protected]­ Jeff Rosen: 816-234-4706, @jef­f_rosen88

There was no NAIA men’s bas­ket­ball tour­na­ment this year for just the sec­ond time since 1944, when it was called off be­cause of World War II.

That didn’t stop the Kansas City-based col­lege ath­let­ics or­ga­ni­za­tion from un­veil­ing its an­nual All-Amer­ica men’s bas­ket­ball teams Thurs­day, a 2019-20 lineup of NAIA Di­vi­sion I stand­outs that in­cludes a sec­ond-teamer from nearby Park Univer­sity: ju­nior swing­man Cory Reeves.

Chris Cof­fey of Ken­tucky pow­er­house Ge­orge­town was rec­og­nized as the NAIA Na­tional Player of the Year and John Moore of West­mont in Cal­i­for­nia as NAIA Coach of the Year.

Sec­ond-teamer Reeves, who hails from Rochester, New York, av­er­aged 17.04 points per game this sea­son on 42.9% shoot­ing. He shot 35.6% from three­p­oint range and had a dunk in the early-March Amer­i­can Mid­west Con­fer­ence tour­na­ment that made its way to ESPN’s “Sports­cen­ter,” where it ranked No. 3 on Plays Of The Night.

Three teams of 10 play­ers each com­prised the first-, sec­ond- and thirdteam All-Amer­ica ros­ters, and 55 ad­di­tional play­ers earned hon­or­able men­tion.

Cof­fey ranked No. 1 in the na­tion in de­fen­sive re­bounds per game (9.3), re­bounds per game (12.7) and to­tal re­bounds (407). He also ranked No. 2 in field-goal per­cent­age (63.9%) and to­tal as­sists (237).

Moore, mean­while, led West­mont to a 26-5 record and No. 7 rank­ing in the fi­nal NAIA Coaches’ Top 25 Poll. The War­riors won the Golden State Ath­letic Con­fer­ence reg­u­larsea­son ti­tle in his 27th sea­son as head coach. Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) coach Austin Johnson was named the NABC Coach of the Year.

The NAIA first team in­cludes: Randy Bell, Dal­ton State (Ga.), guard; Cof­fey, Ge­orge­town, for­ward; De­shawn Mun­son, Har­ris-Stowe (Mo.), guard; Traquan Knight, LSU Shreve­port (La.), guard, sr.; Ash­ford Golden, MidAmer­ica Chris­tian (Okla.), for­ward, sr.; Zac­cheus Darko-Kelly, Prov­i­dence (Mont.), guard, jr.; Nyko­las Ma­son, SAGU (Texas), guard, soph.; Mor­ris Dun­ni­gan, Tal­ladega (Ala.), Joliet, guard, sr.; Abram Car­rasco, West­mont (Calif.), guard, jr.; Dex­ter Hood, Wil­liam Penn (Iowa), for­ward, sr.

Sec­ond team: Dane Warp, Car­roll (Mont.), guard, sr.; Dar­ius Lasley, Clarke (Iowa), guard, sr.; Tevin Oli­son, Cum­ber­lands (Ky.), guard, jr.; Ma­lik Amos, Dil­lard (La.), guard, jr.; Mi­lan Skun­dric, Faulkner (Ala.), for­ward, sr.; Chris Vick­ers, LSU Alexandria (La.), for­ward, sr.; Cory Reeves, Park (Mo.), for­ward, jr.; Tim Soares, The Master’s (Calif.), cen­ter, sr.; JJ Cul­ver, Way­land Bap­tist (Texas), guard, sr.; Wil­liam Loyd, Xavier (La.); for­ward, sr.

Third team: C.J. Wil­liamson, Faulkner (Ala.), for­ward, soph.; Bryan Bat­tle, Freed-Harde­man (Tenn.), guard, sr.; El­jay Cowherd, Ge­orge­town (Ky.), guard, sr.; Luke Harper, John Brown (Ark.), guard, soph; Damek Mitchell; Lewis-Clark State (Idaho),guard, jr; Reece Brooks, Lind­sey Wil­son (Ky.), guard, sr.; Gil­bert Thomas, LSU Shreve­port (La.), for­ward, sr.; John Paine, Menlo (Calif.), for­ward, sr.; Brock Gard­ner, The Master’s (Calif.), for­ward, sr.; Ke­vion Blay­lock, Wil­liam Penn (Iowa), for­ward, jr.

KC-area hon­or­able men­tions: Jaiden Bris­tol, Bene­dic­tine (Kan.); Justin Shaw, Columbia (Mo.); Cade Coff­man, Evan­gel (Mo.); Vir­gil Walker, Jr., Grace­land (Iowa); Duane Clark, Jr., Har­ris-Stowe (Mo.); An­thony Brown, MidAmer­ica Nazarene (Kan.); Dakota Quinn, MidAmer­ica Nazarene.

Chris Cof­fey

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