Holt Jr. garners honorable mention All-America honors

Staff Reports • Mar 23, 2017 at 4:41 PM

Cumberland junior Diondrey Holt Jr. earned honorable mention All-America accolades on Thursday, as announced by the national office.

Players were selected by the NAIA Men’s Basketball Coaches Association All-America Committee.

The Louisville, Ky., native posted 18 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.96 assists per game this season, netting 20-plus points in 11 contests, including a season-best 33 points in January versus Lindsey Wilson. He collected 20-plus in five of the last seven outings of the year, recording 26 at Pikeville and 29 in the home finale against Shawnee State.

Holt Jr. ranked second in the Mid-South Conference in scoring, behind only NAIA Player of the Year Dalarian Williams from Life University, and ranked 23rd nationally in scoring per game.

He averaged 21.1 points while shooting 46 percent from the field starting January 7 at Fisk. He also connected on 41 percent of his 3-pointers in the final 14 games of the year compared to just 24 percent in the first 17 percent in the first 13 outings of the season.

Bowers named third team NAIA All-American

Cumberland senior Nicole Bowers was named NAIA third team All-American on Thursday, as announced by the national office. Players were selected by the NAIA-Women’s Basketball Coaches Association All-America Committee.

The Nashville native averaged 14.8 points and 11 rebounds per game this season with 12 double-doubles. She ranked third in the Mid-South Conference in scoring and second in rebounding while ranking sixth in the nation in rebounds per game.

The 6-foot-2 forward started the season with six straight double-doubles, averaging 18.7 points and 16.5 rebounds, including 19 points and 19 rebounds in the season opener versus Talladega College, 20 points and 15 boards against Middle Georgia State and career-bests of 31 points and 21 rebounds in the second meeting this year with Talladega.

Bowers recorded 21 points and nine rebounds against John Brown and tallied 22 points and 16 boards in an overtime loss at Campbellsville. She was averaging 17.5 points and 13.4 rebounds per game before suffering a foot injury in mid-December that hampered her the rest of the year.

Bowers was an NAIA honorable mention All-America selection in her first season at Cumberland in 2015-16.

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