All-804 College Basketball Teams: Celebrating the Region’s Best Players This Year | College Sports

The NCAA Tournament is right around the corner and there’s only one thing left to do: celebrate the best players of the season with our All-804 teams. This selection process was not easy and many players left on the cutting room floor had reasonable arguments to include. However, there can only be five for each team. What’s not up for debate is the performance of our Male and Female Players of the Year – Armando Bacot and Jennifer Coleman. Both set team records this season while flirting with the top of the NCAA rankings all season. Let’s learn more about them and the rest of the teams:

Male Player of the Year

Armando Bacot (Trinity Episcopal), North Carolina

“Armando has been extremely consistent this year scoring and rebounding at a very high level. HE has also improved a lot defensively and had some big blocked shots. – Adam Lucas, columnist,

“Bacot was our conference player of the year, and he showed it today.” – Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski after Bacot’s 23-point, 7-rebound game against the Blue Devils on March 5

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Bacot took a huge leap forward on the national stage in the 2021-2022 season. The junior went from a third-team All-ACC last season to a first-team player, conference player of the year and likely All-American this season. Heading into the NCAA Tournament, the big forward holds North Carolina’s single-season double-double record with 25. That number includes 10 in a row between Dec. 14 and Jan. 24.

Bacot has more double-doubles this season than its two closest competitors (NC State’s Dereon Seabron, 12 and Duke’s Paolo Banchero, 10) combined. His 14.1 rebounds per game in ACC play are the highest since Tim Duncan averaged 14.7 rebounds against conference opponents in the mid-1990s. Bacot leads the Tar Heels in goals (16.5 points per game), rebounds (12.5 rebounds per game), field goal percentage (59.8%) and blocks (56). Rebound and field goal percentages lead the ACC, while his goals and blocked shots are both ranked in the top 10. Nationally, Bacot trails only Oscar Tshiebwe of Kentucky and Fardaws Aimaq of Utah Valley in double-doubles (both have 27) and rebounds per game. His 412 total rebounds are just four short of the single-season school record held by Brice Johnson.

Men’s first team

Joe Bamasile (Monegasque), George Washington

“Joe is one of my best friends on the team. We stay together on every road trip, which helps create the great chemistry we have on and off the pitch. We also recognize what we all do both good on the field. We recognize that we can play for each other and our selflessness helps us succeed. – James Bishop, George Washington guard

All-Atlantic 10 Third Team

Averaged 16.3 points and 5 rebounds per game

Led GW in field goals, 3 points, field goal percentage

Second team leader, behind James Bishop

Conference top 10 in scoring

Conference top 25 in 3-point-per-game and 3-point percentage

Rasir Bolton (Massanutten Military Academy), Gonzaga

“Championship teams need more than a few superstars, they need elite level players who can take on a game when needed. Rasir Bolton was that guy and more for the Zags. He plays top defense, he had the best 3-point shooting season of his career when the Zags were desperate for outside shots and in games where the rest of the offense was listless, he has stepped up and led the team. – Adam Patton, Locked on Zags podcast host

Honorable Mention All-WCC

Averaged 11.2 points, 2.3 assists per game

Team leader in 3-pointers made (57) and 3-point percentage (46.7%)

Second in the WCC in 3-point percentage

Conference top 20 in assists (68) and assist to turnover ratio (1.8:1)

De’Monte Buckingham (Henrico), UNC Greensboro

“I’m really happy for Buck because he’s done so much work in the summer and fall and throughout the season. He’s great to coach because he works hard, does exactly what he’s told, doesn’t complain and tries to lead. What more could a player ask for? We support the success of people like him. ¬– Mike Jones, UNC Greensboro Head Coach

All Southern Conference Third Team

Averaged 12.2 points and 6.4 rebounds per game

Team leader in points per game, field goals, 3-point field goals, 3-point field goal percentage, rebounds and minutes played

Conference top 10 in rebounding and 3-point percentage (41.9%)

Top 25 in the conference for 3-point scorers and field goals (62)

Gibson Jimerson (St. Kitts), St. Louis

“Gibson’s relentless willingness to work away from the ball puts enormous pressure on the defense and eventually puts him in scoring position. He has also added the ability to score at all levels. – Bob Ramsey, play-by-play announcer of Saint Louis Basketball Radio

All-Atlantic 10 Third Team

Averaged 16.2 points per game

Team leader in scoring, minutes, field goals, 3-point field goals and free throws made

Conference top 10 in scoring, 3-point percentage (41.9%), free throw percentage and 3 points per game

Female Player of the Year

Jennifer Coleman (Highland Springs), Navy

“Jen wants to be great and was willing to work to improve her game even when the changes were uncomfortable at first. Few people have the courage to make changes when they have succeeded. She put in so much work this offseason when no one was watching and is reaping the rewards of that work. That, mixed with an ultra-competitive nature, led to a historic season for her. – Tim Taylor, Navy Head Coach

A second-team all-conference player a year ago, Coleman proved to be one of the nation’s top scorers and defenders as a senior. The Highland Springs graduate was named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year and All-Conference First Team. As a defenseman, Coleman led the Patriot League with 86 steals (2.8 per game), good for 13th nationally.

As a 5-foot-9 guard, she led the league with 269 defensive rebounds and 333 total rebounds. His average of 10.7 rebounds per game was just 0.2 rebounds off the conference lead. His total number of rebounds was good for 15th nationally, while his 8.7 defensive rebounds per game rank 5th.

Offensively, Coleman led the conference with 22.2 points per game (9th nationally), was second in assists (149, 4.8 per game) and in the top 10 in field goal percentage , free throw percentage and 3-point field goals per game. His 21 double-doubles rank 7th in the country.

Coleman’s 689 points broke the Navy single-season record of 530 points previously held by Courtney Davidson. Additionally, she broke single-season marks for scoring average, minutes played, field goals, and defensive rebounds. Coleman finished his career in the top 10 in Navy history for points, rebounds, assists, and steals.

Women’s first team

Taya Bolden (Highland Springs), Campbell

“Taya has been one of the top performers in the Big South Conference this season and her consistent, solid play has been critical to our success. She has established herself as one of the top rebounders in the nation throughout her career. and she’s also been the go-to player for our team indoors.- Ronny Fisher, Campbell Head Coach

Averaged 12.3 points and 10.2 rebounds per game

Leads Campbell in points, rebounds and steals (1.9) per game

Lead the Deep South to rebound

Conference top 10 in steals and blocks (21)

Conference top 15 in scoring

17 double-doubles rank 16th nationally

With 1,197 rebounds, is Campbell’s career rebound leader

Taya Robinson (Huguenot), VCU

“Taya has had an incredible career at VCU. She has a remarkable work ethic and leads by example on the court, in the weight room and in the classroom…Her legacy will live on long after she is done with playing here. Taya has prepared and handled herself like a pro every day. She works incredibly hard to get everything right and it has paid off. – Beth O’Boyle, VCU Head Coach

All-Atlantic 10 First Team

Atlantic 10 All-Defensive Team

Averaged 16.1 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game

Team leader in points, minutes per game, field goals, blocks (16) and steals (41)

Conference top 10 in 3-point field goals per game (1.8)

Conference top 25 in assists, blocks, free throw percentage (63.9%) and 3-point percentage (31.3%)

Grace Townsend (James River), Richmond

“Grace has played at a very high level all season for us. We were infinitely better when she was on the floor, and she made every teammate more productive with her game. I’m not sure there’s been a more dominant performance in the league this year than what she did during of our huge victory against Fordham. – Aaron Roussell, Richmond head coach

Averaged 10.4 points, 5.3 assists and 5.1 rebounds per game

Team leader in assists, free throw percentage (77.8%) and free throws taken

Second on team in steals (37) and minutes played

Second in conference in assists (158) and assists per game

Top 10 in A-10 free throw percentage and assist-to-rotation ratio

Top 25 in A-10 in field goal percentage (44.7%) and steals

Jada Walker (Henrico), Kentucky

“I’ve said all year that Jada is a fearless competitor. She wants to win. She had that dog mentality. I’m so proud of her. You know, the game has slowed down for her. Her confidence has wavered very early… She had to learn, but she was baptized by fire and she rose to the challenge.–Kentucky head coach Kyra Elzy

Averaged 10.3 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists per game

Second on team in 3-point field goals (32) and steals (41)

SEC top 20 in 3-point percentage (35.6%) and steals

SEC Top 25 3-pointers made

Average of 27.3 minutes per game

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