The rosters for the 2016 NJCAA Men’s Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Game have been released.
26 of the nation’s top junior college basketball players will take the court on Saturday, April 30 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas to showcase the best hoops talent the NJCAA has to offer.
Headlining the lineups for this year’s contest are the NJCAA Players of the Year from each of their respective divisions.
Division I Player of the Year Kavell Bigby-Williams of Gillette College leads the charge for the DI team. Bigby-Williams led the Pronghorns to a 35-2 record this season and averaged a double-double on the way to a third place finish at the NJCAA National Tournament.
Bigby-Williams will be joined on the court by Motlow State’s Jaylen Barford, who led all NJCAA Division One players in total points and points per game.
North Idaho’s Braian Angola Rodas and KJ Maura of Central Florida will accompany Barford in the backcourt. Rodas led North Idaho to an undefeated conference season and a 30-2 overall record, while Maura led the nation with 304 assists, averaging 9.8 dimes per contest.
Rounding out the Division One roster is: Tad Dufelmeier (Salt Lake), Tyler Rawson (Salt Lake), Elliott Smith (Harcum), Christian Bradford (Marion Military), Devin Davis (Odessa), Nuni Omot (Indian Hills), Devontavious Payne (John A. Logan), Makur Puou (Vincennes) and Tyrone Sam (South Georgia).
Six athletes from both Division two and three will combine forces to make the second team competing for the All-Star Game title.
NJCAA Division Two Player of the Year Jovan Mooring and DIII Player of the Year LT Davis are headlining this squad.
Mooring’s 958 total points this season and 26.6 points per contest were both tops in the country for Division Two. He led his South Suburban team to a 34-4 record and a third place finish at the National Tournament.
Behind his 17.9 points per game, Davis and his Rock Valley team finished with a record of 33-3 and claimed their second straight Division Three National Championship in three years. Davis’ stellar play all season earned him DIII Player of the Year honors.
Joining Mooring and Davis in the backcourt will be Kirkwood’s Hunter Rhodes. Rhodes took the Eagles on a great run through the DII National Tournament that ended in them being crowned champions.
Lansing’s Javon Haines will play alongside Mooring, Davis and Rhodes at one of the guard positions. Gillespie’s 24.8 points per game helped the Stars fight their way to a 31-5 record and a fifth place finish at the DII National Tournament.
The rest of the DII and DIII roster is as follows: Jamarcus Hairston (Louisburg), Noble Fahnbulleh (Dakota County Tech), Terrance Smith (Southwestern), Tremonde Anderson (Eastfield), Jalin Alexander (Caldwell Tech), Elijah Williams (Rock Valley), Mason Jones (Brookdale).
The Division One team will be playing the combined Division Two and Three team with the tip off set for 4:30 p.m. WST.