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Trio tabbed for NABC All-District honors
BALTIMORE, Md. — Senior guard Reggie Holmes and sophomore forward Kevin Thompson of Morgan State University’s men’s basketball team were named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) First Team All-District.
Freshman DeWayne Jackson was selected to the Second Team All-District. Selected and voted on by member coaches of the NABC, these student-athletes represent the finest basketball players across America.
The 240 student-athletes, from 24 districts, are eligible for the State Farm Division I All-America teams, to be announced on Saturday, April 3, at 11 a.m. (EDT) at Bracket Town in the Indianapolis Convention Center in Indianapolis, Ind., during the NABC Convention and NCAA Final Four.
In 2008-09, the NABC realigned its districts by conference so student-athletes selected to the District 15 First and Second Teams are all from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC).
Holmes, the MEAC Player of the Year, led the MEAC in scoring and completed the regular season by averaging 21.8 points per game (10th best in the nation) and 784 points scored ( 2nd best in the nation).
He became the Bears all-time leading scorer with 2,061 points and scored 30 or more points six times during the season. Holmes led the MEAC in made 3-point field goals (88) and ranked No. 2 in free-throws (.821) and No. 11 in steals (1.4 spg).
Holmes earned the MEAC’s Player of the Week accolade five times during the season and was named to the Dr. Pepper All-Tournament Team while competing in the two-day classic. Holmes, the 2009 MEAC All-Tournament MVP, was also named to the 2010 MEAC First-Team.
Thompson, the MEAC’s Defensive Player of the Year, was the league’s most dominant post player throughout the 2009-10 season. Only a sophomore, Thompson led the MEAC with 11.9 rebounds per game (4th best in the nation), and completed the season with 22 double-doubles (points & rebounds), third best in the NCAA Division I.
He earned the MEAC’s Defensive Player of the Week honor seven times this season and was selected the Player of the Week twice. He completed the season by averaging 12.7 points and shot 52 percent from the field (186-357).
He continues to hold the nation’s best rebounding performance of the season with a career-high 25 boards against non-conference foe Towson. Thompson was also selected to the 2010 MEAC First-Team and was the MVP of the MEAC Tournament.
Joining the two on the First Team is Michael Deloach (Norfolk State), Jason Flagler (South Carolina State) and C.J.
DeWayne Jackson , a 6-8 forward from Bowie, Md., completed the season by averaging 10.1 points, 4.3 rebounds and tallied 30 steals, 28 blocks, and 26 assists in 37 games. Jackson led the MEAC in 3-point field goal percentage (.458) and scored in double-digits 21 times this season.
Jackson was selected the MEAC’s Rookie of the Week four times this season and was selected to the 2010 MEAC All-Rookie team . Jackson is joined on the Second Team by Marcus Neal (Delaware State), Darnell Porter (South Carolina State), Frisco Sandidge (Delaware State), and Vincent Simpson (Hampton).
Reggie Holmes and Marquise Kately were selected to the All-District First Team last year.
For the third consecutive season the Morgan State Bears captured the MEAC men’s basketball regular season title and won its second straight MEAC Tournament championship. The Bears wrapped the 2009-10 season with a 27-10 overall record and was a Number 15 seed in their second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance.