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Monday, April 15, 2013

Bowie State's Byron Westmorland Selected to Boxtorow All-American First Team

FUQUAY-VARINA, N.C. - Bulldogs senior guard/forward Byron Westmorland picks up another basketball post season honor, this time Boxtorow All-American.

Elizabeth City State’s Angelo Sharpless was named the Boxtorow Division II National Player of the Year. Sharpless, the CIAA Player of the Year, is one of the most dynamic players in the country. He also has the numbers to back it up leading the CIAA in rebounds (8.8), finishing third in scoring (20.5), while shooting 50.7 percent from the field. Sharpless was the only player in the
conference who was in the top 10 in scoring, rebounding, steals (1.6), and blocked shots.

Joining Westmorland and Sharpless on the All-American frontcourt is Benedict’s Marcus Goode. The only repeat Boxtorow First Team All-American, Goode was named SIAC regular season and tournament MVP, also leading the Tigers to the semifinals of the NCAA Division II South Regional. Goode averaged 14.6 points, 9.8 rebounds, 3.9 blocks per game, and shot 53 percent from the field.

Westmorland was named CIAA Tournament MVP after leading the Bulldogs to their first CIAA Tournament championship since 2003. Westmorland was second in the CIAA and seventh in the country in scoring (23.4), led the conference in three-pointers made (95) and averaged six rebounds per game.

The First Team backcourt consists of Trevin Parks of Johnson C. Smith and Darrius Williams of Morehouse. Parks led the CIAA and finished second in the country in scoring (25.0), third in the conference in three-point field goal percentage (41.5), logged more minutes than any player in the conference (35.7 per game), and averaged 4.1 assists per game.

Williams helped lead the Maroon Tigers to a 20-8 record, their best record since the 2003-04 season by leading the SIAC in scoring (18.2) and rebounding (8.4) while shooting 53 percent from the field. In his 11th season at the helm of Benedict, Fred Watson was tabbed Coach
of the Year. A graduate of Benedict, he led the Tigers to a 24-7 mark, his fourth SIAC Tournament championship as head coach and an appearance in the NCAA Division II South Region semifinal game.

The second team backcourt consists of Xavier Collier of Benedict, Brandon Davey of Fort Valley State, Justin Glover of Winston-Salem State, Demarkus Isom-Jones of Central State, and Mark Thomas of Livingstone.

The third team includes WyKevin Bazemore of Winston-Salem State, Andrae Nelson of Morehouse, Kenny Mitchell of Virginia State, LaDarius Rhone of Stillman, and Calvin Thomas of Tuskegee. This is the fifth year of the Boxtorow Division II All-American team has
been released.

2012-13 Boxtorow Division II All-America Team
First Team
Trevin Parks, Johnson C. Smith (G, 5-10, Sr., Hickory, N.C.)
$Marcus Goode, Benedict (C, 6-10, Sr., Chapin, S.C.)
Angelo Sharpless, Elizabeth City State (F, 6-4, Sr., Plymouth, N.C.)
Byron Westmorland, Bowie State (F, 6-4, Sr., Baltimore, Md.)
Darrius Williams, Morehouse (G, 6-4, Jr., Detroit, Mich.)

Second Team
Xavier Collier, Benedict (G, 5-11, Sr., Augusta, Ga.)
Brandon Davey, Fort Valley State (F, 6-6, Jr., Warner Robbins, Ga.)
*Justin Glover, Winston-Salem State (G 6-3, Sr., Siler City, N.C.)
Demarkus Isom-Jones, Central State (G, 6-4 , Jr., Chicago, Ill.)
*Karron Johnson, Shaw (6-8, Sr., Richmond, Va.)
Mark Thomas, Livingstone (G, 5-10, Jr., Saginaw, Mich.)
Third Team
WyKevin Bazemore, Winston-Salem State (F, 6-4, Soph., Felford, N.C.)
Andrae Nelson, Morehouse (F, 6-6, Sr., Valley Stream, N.Y.)
Kenny Mitchell, Virginia State (F, 6-8, Sr., Stone Mountain, Ga.)
LaDarius Rhone, Stillman (F, 6-5, Sr., Fairfield, Ala.)
Calvin Thomas, Tuskegee (G, 6-0, Sr., Eufaula, AL)

Player of the Year: Angelo Sharpless, Elizabeth City State
Coach of the Year: Fred Watson, Benedict
$2011-12 First Team Boxtorow All-American

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