Rambo named National Player of the Year, again
Dallas native is the NAIA's first repeat recipient
Senior guard's encore includes two-time First Team All-America selection
Official Announcement: http://www.naia.org/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=209445320&DB_OEM_ID=27900
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- At 5-foot-10 he plays a game best known for high-flyers and dunkers on stilts. The charming Dominique Rambo has spent years turning heads and winning hearts.
Driven by what Head Coach Donnie Bostwick describes as the "strongest will to win" he has ever encountered, the diminutive Rambo more than makes up for whatever he lacks with an amazing ability to make plays in the clutch.
The senior catalyst finished an almost magical four seasons of college basketball last week in Kansas City, Missouri. After leading his team to the NAIA National Championship tournament he was named the Most Valuable Player of the NAIA’s first ever All-Star Game.
Self-described as “short, which I why I play so hard,” Rambo added another award. Like his performance on the court, his feat will be a challenge to duplicate.
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) named him the 2014 National Player of the Year.
Again. He also received the apex award as a junior.
It made Rambo the first player since the start of the award's distinction in 1994.
Coach Bostwick, who recruited him to Oklahoma Wesleyan University as a freshman, knows ‘Bo better than most. He transferred to SAGU after the coach took the reins of the SAGU program.
In four campaigns the pair enjoyed a sterling 115-27 record and an 81% winning percentage.
“SAGU fans have had the privilege of watching one of the best college basketball players in the country over the past three seasons,” he said of Rambo.
“Dominique is a unique combination of talent, athleticism, character, and work ethic,” he continued. “His skill set is unique in that his anticipation skills match his quickness.”
“Add strong faith, leadership skills, and a great teammate to this list and you have a two-time NAIA Player of the Year,” he proclaimed. “He is the kind of person that you root for. He is an overcomer, a talented overachiever, a winner.”
“I am so proud of the fact that he is on target to graduate. He has stayed the course and has been rewarded.”
“I believe the committee looks at who was the most valuable player on the top teams this year. Their answer to that question was Dominique Rambo,” he continued.
“I was glad fans were able to watch him in the All-Star game on Saturday, playing next to other top players. As he always does, he separated himself from the pack. God has continued to show ‘Bo favor for his hard work and faithfulness.”
A graduate of Trinity Christian School in Cedar Hill, the product of the Oak Cliff suburb of Dallas was also named a First Team All-American for a second consecutive season.
Rambo led the Sooner Athletic Conference in scoring with a 23.4 points per game average, which ranked third nationally.
His skill at separating the ball from opponents ranked him second in the NAIA. Making steals at a rate of 3.50 per game often fueled his offensive game.
When asked about whether it's a contradiction to be known as an expert at stealing while majoring in Criminal Justice, he simply flashed an innocent smile.
Rambo rainbows, called three-point baskets by others, were swished at a rate of 2.79 per game. That ranked No. 17 in the NAIA.
He was No. 20 in the Game Day program but No. 1 in the hearts of SAGU fans.
Note: Watch for future post-career features on Rambo as well as this year’s team.