COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – East Mississippi Community College sophomores D.J. Evans and Colin Borchert put the finishing touches on the Lions’ successful 2011-12 basketball season by being named to the NJCAA Division I Men’s Basketball All-America Team. The 10-man first, second and third teams, along with 19 honorable mention selections, were announced this week by the NJCAA office headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo.
The top two vote-getters from the 10-player NJCAA All-Region 23 squad, Evans was named to the NJCAA’s All-America Second Team while Borchert grabbed NJCAA All-America Third Team honors. EMCC was the lone Division I men’s basketball program to feature two individuals chosen among the NJCAA’s top 30 players listed collectively on the first, second and third teams.
Together, Evans and Borchert helped lead head coach Mark White’s 15th-ranked EMCC Lions to a third straight appearance in the NJCAA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship this past year after claiming the NJCAA Region 23 Tournament title and MACJC North Division regular-season crown for the third consecutive season.
Evans, a former Jackson All-Metro selection from Brandon High School, averaged a team-leading 15.6 points, 4.1 assists and 1.7 steals per game for the 23-6 EMCC Lions this past season. The 5-foot-9 playmaker shot 41 percent overall from the field, 37 percent from three-point range and 71 percent from the free-throw line this past year as a sophomore. As a 56-game starter during his two seasons in Scooba, Evans compiled per-game averages of 14.3 points, 4.1 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 1.6 steals during his two seasons as an EMCC Lion.
A native of Phoenix, Ariz., Borchert made an immediate impact in the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) after transferring from Yavapai College in Arizona. The 6-foot-8, 225-pound forward averaged 15.3 points per game this past season along with leading the Lions in rebounding (7.7 rpg), blocked shots (41) and made 3-pointers (41). With seven double-doubles on the year, Borchert connected on 47 percent of his field-goal attempts, including 41-of-109 (38%) from beyond the three-point arc, and 74 percent from the charity stripe.
This season marks the third consecutive year that the East Mississippi Community College men’s basketball program has featured an NJCAA All-American under White’s guidance. A year ago, Deonte Alexander, now playing at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn., was an honorable mention All-America selection. The season prior, Starkville’s CoCo Ware was named to the 2009-10 NJCAA All-America First Team prior to signing with Mississippi Valley State University.