BoxToRow Division I All-America Team
As the Final Four approaches this weekend, BoxToRow has released its 10th annual Division I men’s college basketball All-America teams.
North Carolina A&T head coach Jay Joyner, who played basketball for South Carolina State from 1993-96, was named BoxToRow Coach of the Year. Joyner, who followed former S.C. State coach Cy Alexander as head coach of the Aggies, led N.C. A&T to one of the greatest turnarounds in Division I history, taking a one-Division-I-win team during the 2016-17 season and leading the Aggies to a 20-15 overall record and 11-5 in the MEAC, good for a second-place finish.
Texas Southern sophomore guard Damontrae Jefferson was named BoxToRow National Player of the Year. The 5-7 sophomore from Milwaukee, Wis. helped to lead the Tigers to the SWAC tournament championship and an appearance and win in the NCAA Tournament. He led the SWAC and is eighth in the nation in scoring (23.2), averaged 4.5 assists per game, shot 40 percent from three-point range, shot 82 percent from the free throw line and averaged 1.2 steals per game, all which ranked him in the top 10 in the SWAC.
Thirteen schools are represented on the 2018 BoxToRow Division I men’s college basketball All-America teams. BoxToRow has administered the All-America team since 2009.
First Team All-Americans
Gary Blackston, Prairie View A&M (G, 6-2, Jr., Baltimore, Md.) R.J. Cole, Howard (G, 6-1, Fr., Union, N.J.) Raashean Davis, North Carolina Central (C, 6-9, Jr., Chicago, Ill.) Damontrae Jefferson, Texas Southern (G, 5-7, Soph., Milwaukee, Wis.) Tiwian Kendley, Morgan State (G, 6-5, Sr., Harlem, N.Y.) Jermaine Marrow, Hampton (G, 6-2, Soph., Newport News, Va.) Martaveous McKnight, Arkansas-Pine Bluff (G, 6-4, Jr., Walls, Miss.) Ivy Smith, Grambling (G, 6-0, Soph., Tacoma, Wash.) Brandon Tabb, Bethune-Cookman (G, 6-4, Sr., Hampton)
Second Team All-Americans
Phillip Carr, Morgan State (F, 6-8, Sr., Brooklyn, N.Y.) Donte Clark, Texas Southern (G, 6-4, Gr., Charlotte, N.C.) Zachary Hamilton, Prairie View A&M (F, 6-4, Sr., Houston, Texas) Christian Mekowulu, Tennessee State (F, 6-9, Jr., Lagos, Nigeria) A.J. Mosby, Alcorn State (G, 6-3, Sr., Cartersville, Ga.) Jared Sam, Southern (C, 6-9, Sr., Baton Rouge, La.) Charles Williams, Howard (G/F, 6-6, Soph., Richmond, Va.) Desmond Williams, Florida A&M (F, 6-6, Sr., Atmore, Ala.)
BoxToRow Player of the Year: Damontrae Jefferson, Texas Southern BoxToRow Coaches of the Year: Jay Joyner, North Carolina A&T