Stillman College Collects Three Postseason Awards for A.I.I. 2017-18 Men’s Basketball Season

Strong seasonal performances led Stillman College players and head coach to capture three of the four awards for the 2017-18 season by the Association of Independent Institutions. The honors were announced Thursday by league officials on the eve of the championship tournament.

Rafael Adams earned the 2017-18 A.I.I. Player of the Year award, while teammate DaQuan Forrest was named the Newcomer of the Year. Then, John Teasley received the A.I.I. Coach of the Year award.

Meanwhile, Fisher College’s Brandon Rembert was named the A.I.I. Defensive Player of the Year to round out the major award winners.

Adams averaged a double-double this winter at 17.3 points and 10.1 rebounds, and added a team-high 40 blocked shots while shooting 55 percent from the floor.

Forrest connected on 42.7 percent of his 3-point field goal attempts and scored 14.2 points per game for the season. He ranked third on the team with 32 steals.

Teasley led Stillman to a 25-4 record, a top-10 national ranking and the top seed in this weekend’s A.I.I. Men’s Basketball Championship Tournament.

Rembert led all A.I.I. players with 61 steals and averaged nearly five rebounds per game. He chipped in 11.5 points per game.

A.I.I. officials also announced this year’s first, second and honorable mention all-conference teams, along with the Champions of Character team, at the pre-championship tournament banquet. The honorees were:

 

Player of the Year: Rafael Adams, Stillman

Defensive Player of the Year: Brandon Rembert, Fisher (Mass.)

Newcomer of the Year: DaQuan Forrest, Stillman

Coach of the Year: John Teasley, Stillman

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A.I.I. First Team

Rashad Richardson, Indiana Northwest

Andrew Romero III, Johnson & Wales (Colo.)

Rafael Adams, Stillman

DaQuan Forrest, Stillman

Montego Hoskins, Stillman

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           A.I.I. Second Team

            Ethan Davidson, College of the Ozarks

            Canyon Smith, College of the Ozarks

            RJ Scott, Fisk

            Zach Thompson, Lincoln Christian

            Bryce Simmons, Northern New Mexico

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            A.I.I. Honorable Mention

Randy Stanley, Crowley’s Ridge

Jamontay Thompson, Fisher (Mass.)

Nakia Hendricks, Haskell Indian Nations

Tristan Keah-Tigh, Haskell Indian Nations

Walid Aly, Northern New Mexico

Jaylin Stewart, Stillman

Alex Brooks, Voorhees

Demetrius Evans, Voorhees

Charles Vines, Washington Adventist

The 2017-18 A.I.I. Men’s Basketball Championship Tournament begins Friday, Feb. 23, at Lincoln Christian University in Lincoln, Ill. It concludes Sunday, Feb. 25, with the championship game, starting at 2 p.m. The two finalists will receive automatic berths to represent the league in the NAIA Division II national tournament.

Winner for A.I.I. Women’s Basketball 2017-18 Season

A.I.I. officials also announced this year’s first, second and honorable mention all-conference teams, along with the 2018 Champions of Character squad.

The honorees were:

Player of the Year: Kelsie Cleeton, College of the Ozarks

Defensive Player of the Year: Kelsie Cleeton, College of the Ozarks

Newcomer of the Year: Chloe Salman, Indiana Northwest

Coach of the Year: Becky Vest, College of the Ozarks

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A.I.I. First Team

Kelsie Cleeton, College of the Ozarks

Cass Johnson, College of the Ozarks

Keli Warrior, Haskell Indian Nations

Chloe Salman, Indiana Northwest

Ki’Onna Likely, Stillman

Brittany Wells, Wilberforce

The 2017-18 A.I.I. Women’s Basketball Championship Tournament begins Friday, Feb. 23, at Indiana Northwest in Gary, Ind. It concludes Sunday, Feb. 25, with the championship game beginning at 2 p.m. The two finalists will receive automatic berths to represent the league in the NAIA Division II national tournament.

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