KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced today the 2017 NABC Coaches’ Division III All-America teams and Centenary College senior forward James Sapp was recognized as a Third Team selection. NABC All-America Release
Since the school transitioned to Division III, Sapp is the first Centenary student-athlete to earn NABC All-America honors. He is the 12th NABC All-America honoree in league history.
A two-time SCAC Player-of-the-Year (2014-15 and 2016-17) and three-time All-SCAC First Team honoree, Sapp finished this season averaging 21.5 points and 10.1 rebounds per game, ranking 34th and 41st in the country, respectively. He is the first player since 2007-08 to lead the league in both scoring and rebounding. Sapp finished the 2016-17 season with 15 double-doubles and his career with 38, the second-straight season averaging a double-double.
With 263 rebounds this season, he broke the SCAC career record and finished his career with 953 rebounds – along with 1,551 points. In his final home game of his career, he became only the fifth Gent and the first player in conference history to finish with more than 1500 points and 900 career rebounds.
SCAC NABC All-America Selections:
2017 - James Sapp, Centenary College - Third Team
2016 - Sterling Holmes, Texas Lutheran University - Second Team
2012 - Greg Ross, Centre College - Third Team
2009 - Mike Moore, DePauw Univerity - Second Team
2008 - Thomas Britt, Centre College - Second Team
2006 - Reggie Magusson, Centre College - Second Team
2005 - Aaron Bowser, Southwestern University - Third Team
2002 - Mike Howland, DePauw University - Second Team
1998 - Ryan Harrigan, University of the South - First Team
1996 - Jason Rhodes, Hendrix College - Second Team
1991 - David Hicks, Centre College - Second Team
1987 - Kevin Lavin, Centre College - Third Team