Former JBU All-American Cole Named to NAIA’s 75th Anniversary All-Star Team

Brandon Cole has been named to the NAIA

Brandon Cole has been named to the NAIA's 75th Anniversary Men's Basketball All-Star Team

Siloam Springs, Arkansas (March 6, 2012) — Former JBU First Team All-American and NAIA National Player of the Year, Brandon Cole has been named to the NAIA’s 75th Anniversary Men’s Basketball All-Star Team.

The team, which is comprised of 60 athletes and 15 coaches, commemorates the 75th Anniversary of the longest continuous national basketball tournament in any sport in the country, the NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship.

Cole, who was the 2006 NAIA Player of the Year, had an illustrious career at John Brown. In 2005, he led JBU to an NAIA National Championship win over Azusa Pacific while being named the NAIA National Tournament MVP. He also received NAIA First Team All-American honors twice.  His collegiate record of 527 career 3-point field goals made is more than any player in the history of college basketball at any level. This includes four games with nine 3-point field goals made and five games with eight.

At the end of the 2005-06 season, Cole was also awarded the 2006 Dr. Leroy Walker Champions of Character Award, one of the most prestigious awards in the NAIA.

Members of the All-Star Team have been invited to be a part of the festivities in mid-March at Municipal Auditorium in downtown Kansas City. Attendees will be recognized with a special reception preceding the National Championship final on March 20 and then introduced at halftime of that contest.

A special committee of current and former coaches, tournament staff, dedicated media and long-time supporters was created to help with the selection process. After fans voted on a web site ballot, this committee followed several criteria to select the 75th Anniversary All-Star Team. Criteria included and in no particular order: performance at a national tournament, game statistics, involvement in a national championship-winning team; status on All-Tournament Team and/or Tournament MVP.

The NAIA is proud of its 75-year history and the advancement of character-driven intercollegiate athletics. From the origins in 1937 when Central Missouri State Teacher’s College (now University of Central Missouri) won the first title game to the creation of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics in 1952, the NAIA has evolved into a membership-driven association. Icons such as John Wooden, Dr. James Naismith, Emil Liston, Travis Grant and Terry Porter have all been an integral part of our history.

The National Championship will play out March 14 – 20 from downtown Kansas City, Mo. For tickets, call 816.595.8141. The tournament is a single-elimination format with 32 teams playing up to five games in six days for a chance at the prized Naismith trophy. The announcement of the championship bracket will occur on March 7 at 6 p.m. CST and will be posted on NAIA.org.

For more information on the National Championship, click here.

75th Anniversary All-Star Team – Players (60)

Listed alphabetically

First Name

Last Name

School (Years)

Jerry

Anderson

Southwest Missouri State (1952-53-54)

Dick

Barnett

Tennessee A&I (1956-57-58-59)

John

Barnhill

Tennessee A&I (1956-57-58-59)

Zelmo

Beaty

Prairie View A&M (Texas) (1962)

DuJuan

Brown

Oklahoma Baptist (2001-02)

Nate

Brumfield

Oklahoma Baptist (2009-10)

Stacy

Butler

Birmingham-Southern (Ala.) (1990)

Will

Carlton

Georgetown (Ky.) (1998-1999-2000)

Michael Leon (M.L.)

Carr

Guilford (N.C.) (1970-71-72-73)

Tony

Carr

Wisconsin-Eau Claire (1979-80-81-82)

James

Cason

Birmingham-Southern (Ala.) (1995-96)

Mark

Chambers

Oklahoma City (1991-92)

Brandon

Cole

John Brown (Ark.) (2005-2006)

Gerald

Cunningham

Kentucky State (1974-75-76-77)

Nate

DeLong

Wisconsin-River Falls (1947-48-49-50)

Edgar

Eason

Fort Hays State (Kan.) (1984-85)

Corey

Evans

Life (Ga.) (1999-00)

Bevo

Francis

Rio Grande (Ohio) (1952-53-54)

Lloyd B.

Free

Guilford (N.C.) (1973-74-75)

Joe

Fulks

Murray State (Ky.) (1942-43)

Reggie

Garrett

Oklahoma City (1996)

Orlando

Graham

Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) (1987-88)

Travis

Grant

Kentucky State (1970-71-72)

Kameron

Gray

Oklahoma City (2007-08)

Charles

Hardnett

Grambling (La.) (1960-61-62)

Hal

Haskins

Hamline (Minn.) (1947-48-49-50)

Edgar

Hinshaw

Southwestern (Kan.) (1939)

Jimmie

Hunter

Life (Ga.) (2000)

Philip

Hutcheson

David Lipscomb (Tenn.) (1987-88-89-90)

Roger

Iverson

Pacific Lutheran (Wash.) (1957-58-59)

Lucious

Jackson

Pan American (Texas) (1962-63-64)

Rodney

Johns

Grand Canyon (Ariz.) (1986-87-88)

Darryl

Jones

St. Benedict's (Kan.) (1965-66-67-68)

Duane

Klueh

Indiana State (1948)

Matt

Laur

McKendree (Ill.) (2000-01-02-03)

Irvin

Leifer

Eastern Washington (1943-45-46-47)

Billy

Lewis

Life (Ga.) (1994-95-96)

Vern

Mikkelsen

Hamline (Minn.) (1947-48-49)

Earl

Monroe

Winston-Salem State (N.C.) (1965)

Zach

Moss

Mountain State (W. Va.) (2003-04)

Joe

Pace

Coppin State (Md.) (1975-76)

John

Pierce

David Lipscomb (Tenn.) (1991-92-93-94)

Terry

Porter

Wisconsin-Stevens Point (1984-85)

Willis

Reed

Grambling (La.) (1961-62-63-64)

Bill

Riegel

McNeese State (La.) (1956)

Dennis

Rodman

Southeastern Oklahoma State (1984-85-86)

Nate

Rollins

Fort Hays State (Kan.) (1983-84)

Charles

Sharp

Southwest Texas State (1957-58-59-60)

Jack

Sikma

Illinois Wesleyan (1975-76-77)

Belus

Smawley

Appalachian State (N.C.) (1943)

Elmore

Smith

Kentucky State (1970-71)

Tony

Smith

Pfeiffer (N.C.) (1991-92)

Jim

Spivey

Southeastern Oklahoma State (1954-55-56-57)

Gene

Stotlar

Southern Illinois (1946)

Benny

Swain

Texas Southern (1955-56-57-58)

Al

Tucker

Oklahoma Baptist (1965-66-67)

Mel

Waits

Tarkio (Mo.) (1940)

Clarence

Walker

West Georgia (1974)

Kenneth

Wilburn

Central State (Ohio) (1965)

 

75th Anniversary All-Star Team – Coaches (15)

Listed alphabetically

Name

School (Years)

Ken Anderson

Wisconsin-Eau Claire (1968-1995)

Bob Bass

Oklahoma Baptist (1952-1967)

Win Case

Oklahoma City (1992-2007)

Joe Hutton

Hamline (Minn.) (1931-64)

Roger Kaiser

West Georgia (1970-74); Life (Ga.) (1991-2001)

John McLendon

Tennessee A&I (1954-59)

Don Meyer

David Lipscomb (Tenn.) (1975-1999)

Herman "Buddy" Meyer

St. Mary’s (Texas) (1978-2005)

Lucias Mitchell

Kentucky State (1968-75)

Bill Morse

Fort Hays State (Kan.) (1982-1991)

Ralph Nolan

St. Benedict's (Kan.) (1950-1970)

Tad Reid

Central Missouri State Teacher's (1923-38)

Harry Statham

McKendree (Ill.) (1966-2011)

Bob Vanatta

Southwest Missouri State (1950-1953)

John Wooden

Indiana State (1946-1948)

 

 

 

 

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