Rambo Chosen NAIA All-American
Soph. guard was catalyst in transition
SAGU went 9-6 against other All-Americans
KANSAS CITY, Missouri -- The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced the 2011-12 Division I Men's Basketball All-America Teams following the conclusion of the 32-team national tournament in Kansas City. The list included SAGU’s own Dominique Rambo.
The selections were made by the NAIA Men's Basketball Coaches' Association All-America Committee and comprises a First, Second, Third and Honorable Mention Team. There are 10 members on each of the first three All-America teams.
Rambo, a sophomore guard, earned All-America status on the Honorable Mention Team.
The 5-foot-10 ‘Bo averaged 17 points per game and led the team in three-point baskets made (76), assists (3.6 per game) and steals (2.9 pg).
He got off to a quick start after transferring from Oklahoma Wesleyan University, where averaged 15.7 ppg during his freshman campaign. The former standout at nearby Trinity Christian School (Cedar Hill, Tx) for head coach Tim Ferguson, scored over 30 points on three occasions, all in the first 11 games of the season.
"Dominique is an overachiever in life and it carries over to his success in basketball,” said Head Coach Donnie Bostwick. “Few players can impact a program as much as he did in his first season at SAGU, especially as a sophomore.”
Southwestern improved from 12-20 in the 2011 season to 27-11 in the just-completed 2012 year. The Lions were often ranked nationally by the NAIA, and remained in the Coaches Poll at the end of the season.
“What excites me,” Bostwick continued, “is that he has plenty of room for improvement. Plus, he has the work ethic to go with it."
The Red River Athletic Conference was well-represented with seven making the grade. This year was the first time in the history of the conference that four teams were ranked simultaneously and three were chosen for the national tournament.
Texas Wesleyan University’s 6-8 forward Eric Frederick (25.4 ppg, 10.2 rpg, 69 threes) was a first team selection, while Derrick Parker (19.2 ppg, 11.5 rpg), a 6-foot-6 forward for LSU-Shreveport, garnered second team inclusion. Both were seniors.
Marco Cooper (15.5 ppg, .621 FG%), senior (Our Lady of the Lake University); Kenny LaGuerre (12.3 ppg, 10.1 rpg), junior (Wiley College); Travis Lampley (10.5 ppg, 6.8 apg), junior (University of St. Thomas); and Greg Shyne (20.6 ppg), senior (LSUS) all joined Rambo with the HM group.
Four others were players on teams that Southwestern defeated during the season, including two at the NCCAA Nationals in Indiana; Oklahoma Arts & Sciences, St. Gregory’s (Ok), Master’s College (Cal) and Hope International (Cal).
The Lions whipped all but Texas Wesleyan in the group of nine opponents with an All-American on the court, going 9-6 against such stiff opposition.
SAGU finished third in the National Christian College Athletic Association's (106 members) national tournament, which consists of teams in the NCAA's Division II and the NAIA.
The Lions only loss came in the semi-finals to eventual champion, Cedarville University (Ohio) (23-9). The Yellow Jackets, who have won over 20 games in 11 consecutive seasons, are in the NCAA's Div. II. Rambo was one of six players named to the All-Tournament Team.
A year ago the Lions' Ronald Horne (Waco, Tx / Univ. of N.Texas, Waco HS) earned the same NAIA All-America Honorable Mention award.
The complete list can be found on the NAIA website at www.naia.org. Chad Waller, the NAIA’s Director of Sports Communications, made the announcement.
News of this selection is the first of several honors for SAGU basketball players. All will be announced here in the coming days.