Five East Mississippi Community College basketball players have been accorded all-region and all-state honors, as officially announced Monday by the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges office headquartered in Jackson. The selections were voted on by the head men’s and women’s junior college basketball coaches throughout Mississippi and Louisiana.
For head coach Mark White’s 20-7 EMCC Lions, Jacolby Mobley, Avery Woodson and Devonta Pollard were all chosen to the 10-member NJCAA All-Region 23 men’s basketball team as well as to the five-man MACJC All-North Division First Team listing. Mobley was also tabbed to the 2014 NJCAA Region 23 All-Tournament men’s team for his efforts last week in Clinton.
On the women’s side for head coach Sharon Thompson’s 16-9 MACJC North Division Champion EMCC Lady Lions, Takera Mitchell made the NJCAA All-Region 23 women’s squad and was chosen to the regional all-tournament team. Savannah Kimmons was voted to the MACJC All-North Division First Team, while Mitchell landed on the all-division second team.
Mobley, a former standout at Starkville High School, completed his two-year EMCC career averaging 15.1 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.7 assists per contest in helping lead the Lions to a 40-15 composite record. Improving all of his statistical numbers from his freshman season on the Scooba campus, the two-time all-region backcourt performer averaged a team-high 16.5 points as a sophomore along with 3.1 rebounds and 2.9 assists an outing. The Tennessee-Chattanooga signee totaled 783 career points, 157 rebounds and 140 assists during his two EMCC seasons, in addition to making 93 three-point field goals and shooting 68 percent from the free throw line.
A former Jackson Clarion-Ledger Dandy Dozen guard from Wayne County High School, Woodson finished his only season at East Mississippi as the club’s second-leading scorer and No. 2 rebounder at 15.7 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. The University of Memphis signee also shot 38 percent from beyond the three-point arc with 86 three-point makes along with connecting on 73 percent of his free throws this past year.
Pollard, a former McDonald’s All-American out of Kemper County High School, was EMCC’s third-best scorer at 12.0 points and leading rebounder with an average of 6.4 boards per outing this past season. The former University of Alabama transfer shot 59 percent from the field and 64 percent from the line as a sophomore forward for the Lions, while also leading the team with 24 blocked shots and ranking second with 29 steals.
Also from Wayne County, Mitchell led the Lady Lions in scoring and assists for the second straight season while also bettering her shooting percentages from her freshman year. Along with averaging 12.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game as a sophomore guard, Mitchell shot an improved 38 percent from the field overall, 35 percent from three-point range and 76 percent from the charity stripe. The Waynesboro native, who made the MACJC All-North Division First Team as an EMCC freshman, accounted for 533 points (11.6 ppg), 198 rebounds (4.3 rpg), 179 assists (3.9 apg) and 74 steals (1.6 spg) as a 42-game career starter for the Lady Lions.
Kimmons, a product of Horn Lake High School, moved up to first-team all-state status this season after garnering second-team honors as an EMCC rookie. The sophomore post player averaged 8.8 points and 5.3 rebounds an outing while shooting 55 percent from the field this past year, including a 36-point performance at Northeast Mississippi in which she converted 17-of-20 shots from the field. Kimmons, a Holly Springs native, averaged 9.0 points on 54-percent shooting as well as 6.1 rebounds per contest during her two-year stint on the Scooba campus.