Dominique Rambo named All-American
Junior guard is SAGU's first-ever student-athlete chosen
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- Bum Phillips, the legendary Head Coach of the Houston Oilers was once asked to compare Earl Campbell to the all-time great running backs. In his down-home Southern style, his response said it well. “In the class he’s in, it doesn’t take long to call the roll.”
The same can be said of Southwestern Assemblies of God University basketball player, Dominique Rambo.
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced the 2012-13 Men’s All-America Basketball Team, and for the first time ever, SAGU has a player on the First Team.
Rambo, a Dallas native and son of Ruenia, was chosen in a vote among the NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Association All-America Committee.
He is joined by three other players from RRAC teams on the Second and Third Team, and four on the Honorable Mention roll. (The entire All-America honor roll is posted below)
The junior, who played his prep career under Head Coach Tim Ferguson at nearby Trinity Christian School in Cedar Hill, led the Lions to a 33-5 record in a season that saw the team advance to the national championship game.
(Watch for a follow-up article on other postseason awards and a look back at Rambo in high school)
During this season SAGU faced 15 of the All-Americans on the list, giving credence to a schedule that had the Purple Pride battle-tested for the post-season.
Rambo joins a list of outstanding student-athletes who have been honored since SAGU joined the NAIA (around 300 member schools) 15 years ago.
That list reportedly includes women’s basketball players Evelyn Johnson (2007) and Chelsea Jones (2011), and men’s basketball player Phil Renz (2003), each selected on the Honorable Mention list.
Rambo led the team in scoring with a 19.5 points per game average, which ranked 14th in the NAIA. He reached double figures in 36 of 38 games and swished a trifecta in 33 games.
The colorful player with the 100-watt smile bagged 20 or more points in 17 different games.
He was second in the RRAC in scoring, behind only LSU-Shreveport guard Rodney Milum (MY-lum) (22.3 ppg).
Bo’s play also made him a First Team All-Conference choice as well as being selected the RRAC Most Valuable Player.
His 76 three-pointers (25th in NAIA) was actually down from the 84 bombs he made as a sophomore, but his free throw percentage rose over 10% to 61% this winter.
The 5-foot-10 guard averaged 4.0 assists per game (28th), highlighted by nine games in which he collected six or more. His best effort was a pair of road games against ranked teams, the University of St. Thomas and No. 2 Lindsey Wilson College (Ky) in which he dished out seven dimes.
Rambo grabbed 4.2 rebounds per outing, though it is was his play on the defensive end that revealed the extent of his playmaking skills.
His 135 steals led the entire NAIA, thirty-eight more than the next competitor.
No flash in the pan, he pilfered 111 a year ago to rank fourth nationally and lifted 95 during his freshman season at Oklahoma Wesleyan University.
'Bo registered five or more thefts in twelve games, seven on three occasions, and picked Paul Quinn College pockets nine times.
Rambo was known for his flair for the dramatic as well, turning less-than-stellar performances into scintillating finishes.
Among his late-game theatrics were his late flurry to edge St. Thomas on the road, a collection of steals that swung momentum in favor of SAGU at Paul Quinn and in back-to-back comebacks over Texas Wesleyan University and Langston University.
While he had seven thefts in both wins over the Rams and Lions, it was his 30-foot trey at the buzzer that home fans will remember in a 90-87 thriller over Wesleyan.
His personal high came in the Red River Athletic Conference tournament semi-finals, a 43-point eruption at Wesleyan’s expense. He connected on 15-of-27 shots, including 8-of-14 from beyond the arc.
During the team’s captivating run to the NAIA title game, he averaged 19.0 ppg against five nationally ranked teams. His 19-points in the final five minutes rallied the Lions to a 72-68 victory over a taller, more physical Martin Methodist College (Tenn) team in the Second Round.
They Said It: Coaches Bostwick, Godding chime in
“Dominique is a very special young man. God has gifted him and his heart matches his talent,” said second year Head Coach Donnie Bostwick. “That is an uncommon combination.”
“I am so proud of the progress he has made in all areas of his life. He continues to improve on the court, as a leader and he is one of our spiritual leaders as well.”
“He is one of the few players in the country that can change a game on both ends of the floor. He led the nation in steals, was clutch at the end of games and led us in scoring and assists,” Coach Bostwick continued.
“That is the definition of First Team All-American; Lead your team to the national title game, which made him a National Player of the Year candidate.”
Bostwick added: “There is some truth to the 'Fear the Mohawk' (guise). But what people don't see is when I walk into the locker room early before a game, he’s at his locker reading his bible. That (kind of) faith opens the door of favor that no man can close.”
“What a terrific reward for a young man who did an incredible job leading our men’s basketball team all the way to the finals of the NAIA,” remarked Jesse Godding, SAGU’s Athletic Director and Football Head Coach.
“When you watch such an individual play you wonder if other people are taking notice around the country.”
After his special play on the national stage in Kansas City, they are now.
NAIA 2012—13 Division I Men's Basketball All-Americans
|Will Barnes||Lee University (TN)||G||SR||Tuscaloosa, AL|
|Preston Branson||Westmont College (CA)||G||SR||Dallas, TX|
|Jamar Briscoe||Univ. of Pikeville (KY)||G||Sr||Baltimore, MD|
|Dakota Downs||Concordia University (CA)||F||SR||Hemet, CA|
|Jordan Dressler||Columbia College (MO)||F||SR||Columbia, MO|
|Jeremiah Dunnings||William Carey Univ. (MS)||G||JR||Biloxi, MS|
|Vic Moses||Georgetown College (KY)||F||SR||Lexington, KY|
|*Dominique Rambo||SAGU (TX)||G||JR||Dallas, TX|
|Kris Rosales||Hope Invernational Univ. (CA)||G||SR||Bellflower, CA|
|Charlie Shorter||Mid-America Christian Univ. (OK)||G||SR||Dallas, TX|
|*Brandon Davis||LSU Shreveport (LA)||G||JR||Pomona, CA|
|Kalen Kimberland||Lindsey Wilson College (KY)||G||SR||Columbia, KY|
|*Robert Martinez||Our Lady of the Lake Univ (TX)||G||SR||Houston, TX|
|Alvin Nance||Philander Smith College (AR)||F||SR||Marion, AR|
|Marshawn Norris||Culver-Stockton College (MO)||G||SR||Jackson, MS|
|Jake Owsley||Univ of Montana Western||F||JR||Bozeman, MT|
|Norris Rumph||Univ of Science & Arts (OK)||G||SR||Savannah, GA|
|Jeremy Rodgers||Martin Methodist College (TN)||F||SR||Memphis, TN|
|Trevor Setty||Univ of Pikeville (KY)||F||SR||Maysville, KY|
|Marcel Towns||Univ of Great Falls (MT)||G||JR||Tempe, AZ|
|P.J. Bolte||Lewis-Clark State College (ID)||F||SR||Tacoma, WA|
|Anthony Dorsey||Truett-McConnell College (GA)||G||SR||St. Petersburg, FL|
|Rustin Dowd||MidAmerica Nazarene Univ (KS)||G||SR||Olathe, KS|
|Denzell Erves||Xavier University (LA)||F||SO||Vicksburg, MS|
|Jamorris Gaines||Lee University (TN)||F||JR||Sylvester, GA|
|David Johnson||Oklahoma Baptist Univ (OK)||G||SR||Chicago, IL|
|Zack Kleine||Evangel University (MO)||F||JR||Mt. Vernon, MO|
|*Travis Lampley||Univ of St. Thomas (TX)||G||SR||Houston, TX|
|Robert Lovaglio||Loyola University (LA)||F||SR||Winter Park, FL|
|David Rawlinson||West Virginia Tech||G||SR||Las Vegas, NV|
|Richard Johnson||Allen University (SC)|
|Charlie Wallrapp||Benedictine College (KS)|
|Caleb Hardy||Bethel University (TN)|
|David Cline||Biola University (CA)|
|Jose Rivera||Cal State University - San Marcos (CA)|
|Vernon Payne||Campbellsville University (KY)|
|Elliott Black||Central Methodist (MO)|
|Melvin Tillman||Central Methodist Univ (MO)|
|Derrick Dilworth||Columbia College (MO)|
|Devin Griffin||Columbia College (MO)|
|Tim Harris||Concordia University (CA)|
|Austin Keaton||Culver-Stockton College (MO)|
|Antonio Bumpus||Univ of the Cumberlands (KY)|
|Adrian Justice||Emmanuel University (GA)|
|Michael Stanley||Emmanuel University (GA)|
|Jamarious Alderson||Faulkner Univ (AL)|
|Darrell Miller||Fisk University (TN)|
|Reggie Gilmore||Freed-Hardeman Univ (TN)|
|Jeremy Kilgore||Hope International Univ (CA)|
|*Demetrius Smith||Huston-Tillotson Univ (TX)|
|Abel Galliguez||John Brown Univ (AR)|
|Coleson Rakestraw||John Brown Univ (AR)|
|Jacob Champoux||Lewis-Clark State College (ID)|
|Latraius Mosley||Life University (GA)|
|Greg Thomas||Life University (GA)|
|*Rodney Milum||LSU-Shreveport (LA)|
|Josh Watson||Martin Methodist College (TN)|
|LeAndre' Johnson||Missouri Baptist University|
|Jordan Epps||Missouri Valley College|
|Devin Jackson||Montana Stat Univ - Northern|
|Adam Greger||Montana Tech|
|Chase Adams||Oklahoma Baptist University|
|Charlton Jones||Oklahoma City University|
|Melvin Rowe||Park University (MO)|
|Sean Montgomery||Robert Morris Univ (IL)|
|Jeremy Nicolas||Rocky Mountain College (MT)|
|Donald Williams||Rogers State Universiy (OK)|
|Tyler Morgan||Shawnee State University (OH)|
|Nikola Lambic||Southern Wesleyan University (SC)|
|Clyde Moore||Southern University of New Orleans (LA)|
|Fayzon Richey||St. Gregory's University (OK)|
|*Bryan Kaase||University of St. Thomas (TX)|
|Juan Gray||Tougaloo College (MS)|
|Preston Wynne||Vanguard University (CA)|
|Brandon Allen||Voorhees College (SC)|
|Jake Orchard||Westminster College (UT)|
|Jordan Sachs||Westmont College (CA)|
|Daron Bell||William Carey University (MS)|
|Kyle Harvey||Williams Baptist College (AR)|
|Wanto Joseph||Xavier University (LA)|
*Players from the Red River Athletic Conference. Pos - Position. Yr - Year.