DURHAM, N.C. (www.NCCUEaglePride.com) – The honors continue to roll in for Dominique Sutton (Durham, N.C.) senior forward of the North Carolina Central University men’s basketball team as he was voted on to the Second team of the 2012 Boxtorow Division I HBCU All-American team.
This is the third such honor for Sutton as he was named to the First team of 2011-12 University Division All-State Men’s basketball team by the members of the NCCSIA (North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association) and he garnered first team All-MEAC (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) honors.
Sutton finished the season at NCCU fourth in the MEAC averaging 16.6 points per contest along with 7.4 rebounds which placed him seventh in the conference. The 6-5 forward tied for first in the league shooting 59.3 percent from the field which was good enough for 11th in the nation. He led the squad with nine double-doubles on the season. He also scored 20-plus points six times that included 29 points on the road at Wagner on Nov. 16, 2011. During the regular season, Sutton was honored by the MEAC three different times as player of the week twice along with one defensive player of the week accolade.
The 6-5, 212-pound forward joins Quincy Roberts of Grambling State, who led all Division I HBCU players in scoring (23.9), Savalace Towsend of Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Cor-J Cox of Mississippi Valley State, and Quinton Doggett of Southern University on the second team.
Norfolk State senior center Kyle O’Quinn headlines the Boxtorow Division I HBCU All-American team as he was voted Boxtorow Division I National Player of the Year. In addition to being voted the MEAC Player and Defensive Player of the Year, he is also making the Boxtorow All-American first team for the second-straight year. He averaged 15.9 points per game and led the MEAC in rebounding (10.3) and blocked shots (2.7), while shooting 57 percent from the field. In the biggest game of his career, O’Quinn scored 26 points and pulled down 14 rebounds as Norfolk State, who entered the NCAA Division I Tournament as the No. 15 seed Spartans defeated second-seeded Missouri Tigers 86-84.
Joining O’Quinn in the frontcourt is Robert Covington of Tennessee State and Paul Crosby of Mississippi Valley State.
Covington was a first team All-OVC performer after averaging 17.8 points and 7.9 rebounds per game, while shooting 45 percent from three-point range. He also averaged 1.5 steals and 1.4 blocks per game. He ranked in the top five in the OVC in scoring (3rd), rebounding (2nd), steals (5th), three-point percentage (3rd), and blocked shots (4th). On February 9, Covington led the way with 17 points and eight rebounds, including a three-pointer that gave the Tigers the lead for good as Tennessee defeated then undefeated and seventh-ranked Murray State 72-68.
Crosby was named SWAC Player of the Year after finishing sixth in the league in scoring (13.1), third in rebounding (7.4) and fourth in steals (1.6) in helping lead the Delta Devils to the SWAC regular season and tournament championships.
The backcourt consists of Tony Gallo of Coppin State, Darrion Pellum of Hampton and Jay Threatt of Delaware State.
Gallo tied for second in the MEAC in scoring (17.1) and averaged 3.7 assists per game which was sixth in the league. His 2.7 three-point field goals made per game placed him second in the MEAC.
Pellum led the MEAC in scoring (18.3) and scored 20 or more points in a game 14 times this season, while scoring 30 or more points three times. Threatt led the MEAC in assists (6.0), steals (3.0), and assist to turnover ratio (3.1). He led the nation in steals, and was third in assist to turnover ratio. Threat also averaged 8.8 points per game.
Norfolk State’s Anthony Evans was tabbed Coach of the Year. He led the Spartans to a 26-10 mark, tops amongst HBCU Division I schools. He also helped the Spartans claim their first-ever MEAC Tournament Championship and NCAA Division I Tournament win.
This is the fourth year of the All-American team. The voters are made up of media members from around the country who cover NCAA Division I basketball
2011-12 BoxToRow.com Division HBCU All-America Team
Robert Covington, Tennessee State (6-9, Jr., Bellwood, Ill.)
Paul Crosby, Mississippi Valley State (6-8, Sr., Lansing, Mich.)
*Tony Gallo, Coppin State (5-11, Sr., Lynn, Mass.)
Kyle O’Quinn, Norfolk State (6-10, Sr., Jamaica, N.Y.)
Darrion Pellum, Hampton (6-6, Sr., Hampton, Va.)
*Jay Threatt, Delaware State (5-11, Sr., Richmond, Va.)
Cor-J Cox, Mississippi Valley State (6-5, Sr., Washington, N.C.)
Quinton Doggett, Southern (6-8, Sr., Richmond, Va.)
Quincy Roberts, Grambling State (6-5, Jr., Harrisburg, Penn.)
Dominique Sutton, North Carolina Central (6-5, Sr., Durham, N.C.)
Savalace Towsend, Arkansas-Pine Bluff (6-1, Sr., Long Beach, Miss.)
Player of the Year: Kyle O’Quinn
Coach of the Year: Anthony Evans, Norfolk State
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