KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Georgia College senior forward Ryan Aquino (Roswell, Ga.) isn’t done with accolades yet in his postseason, picking up National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District First Team honors, the organization announced Friday.
Aquino led the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) in rebounding at 10.4 rebounds a game and also averaged 17.6 points a game to garner first team All-Peach Belt honors. Aquino also recorded 16 double-doubles.
All-time, Georgia College has now earned 11 NABC All-District selections, the last being guard Shaun Keaton (2006-09) with first-team honors in 2009.
Joining Aquino with first-team honors were all PBC student-athletes in Lander University’s Dwight Tolbert, the University of Montevallo’s D.J. Rivera, USC Aiken’s Sterling Council and Steve Peterson of Columbus State University.
With the first team selection, all five players are automatically eligible for NABC Division II All-American honors. The team is voted on by the nation’s coaches.
Located in Kansas City, Mo., the NABC was founded in 1927 by Forrest “Phog” Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as Guardians of the Game. The NABC currently has nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men’s basketball coaches. All members of the NABC are expected to uphold the core values of being a Guardian of the Game by bringing attention to the positive aspects of the sport of basketball and the role coaches play in the academic and athletic lives of today’s student-athletes. The four core values of being a Guardian of the Game are advocacy, leadership, service and education. Additional information about the NABC, its programs and membership, can be found at www.nabc.org.
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