Around The USCAA – 3/20/17
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Atkins and Boone honored as NAIA All-Americans
KANSAS CITY, Missouri — The NAIA has announced the 2016-17 Division II Men's Basketball All-America teams. Juniors Ryan Atkins (third team) and Elisha Boone (honorable mention) represent WVU Tech this season. The All-America Teams are selected by the NAIA All-America Committee.
Atkins (first team) and Boone (honorable mention) also earned USCAA All-American accolades for their efforts on the court this year.
A Miami, Florida native, Atkins, is now a two-time NAIA All-American, earning third team honors for the 2015-16 season as a Golden Bear. The guard averaged 20.94 points per game, ranking him No. 20 in the nation (NAIA DII). He finished with two more top-25 rankings in the NAIA DII including 670 total points (No. 18) and 85.7 percent shooting from the free throw line (No. 22).
Atkins was also honored as the River States Conference (RSC) Player of the Year and being named to the conference's first team.
Ryan is the son of Robin and Everett Atkins and is majoring in forensic investigations at WVU Tech.
Boone, a guard from Queens, New York, finished the season with 466 points and 245 rebounds. Boone averaged 8.17 boards per game while pouring in 15.53 points per game. He finished with three top-50 rankings in the nation (NAIA DII) for his rebounding efforts including the average per game (No. 42), 5.8 defensive rebounds per game (No. 44) and total rebounds (No. 46).
Boone was also named the RSC Newcomer of the Year after a standout conference season for the Gold and Blue.
Elisha is the son of Elijah and Terrie Boone and studies sport management as a Golden Bear.
Atkins and Boone are the eighth and ninth Golden Bears to be named a NAIA All-American and the fourth and fifth under head coach Bob Williams.
Tech finished their campaign with an overall record of 23-9 after a tight match-up during a NAIA Division II National Championship first round game where they fell to No. 5 Robert Morris University.
*Article Courtesy WVU Tech Athletics Website
Key Weekly Matchups
3/20/17 – Williamson College of the Trades at Penn State Hazleton – 2:00 P.M. EST
3/21/17 – Penn State Greater Allegheny at Bluefield State – 1:00 P.M. EST
3/21/17 – Clark State College at Cincinnati-Clermont – 3:00 P.M. EST
3/22/17 – Wright State at Miami Hamilton – 2:00 P.M. EST
3/24/17 – Robert Morris-Peoria at Bradley University – 6:00 P.M. CST
3/20/17 – Cincinnati-Clermont at Oakland City– 3:00 P.M. EST
3/23/17 – Concordia at Cleary University – 5:00 P.M. EST
3/23/17 – St. Mary of the Woods College at Robert Morris University Springfield – 5:00 P.M. EST
3/25/17 – Point Park at Carlow University – 11:00 A.M. EST