Rambo named Co-Player of the Year
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Association All-America Committee announced SAGU’s Dominique Rambo as a National Co-Player of the Year on March 20, 2013. Rambo shares the award with Vic Moses from NAIA National Championship winner Georgetown College (Ky).
Rambo was also the first athlete in SAGU history to make NAIA’s First Men’s All-American Basketball Team.
“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,” SAGU Men’s Head Basketball Coach Donnie Bostwick shared. “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,” he continued.
Rambo led the Lions to a school-record 33-win season and national runner-up finish at the championship. The Red River Athletic Conference Player of the Year led the NAIA in steals per game (3.6), ranked 14th in scoring (19.5) and 28th in assists (4.0). Rambo made at least 10 points in 36 of his 38 games played and mounted a season-high 43 points against Texas Wesleyan on March 2. For his play at the championship, which included averages of 19.0 points, 4.6 assists and 3.8 steals, Rambo was named with the Charles Stevenson Hustle award.
Leading the nation in steals (3.55 spg), Rambo bagged 135 take-aways, 38 more than his closest competitor. He had a steal in every game but one, and had three or more in 26 games. He swiped between five and nine steals in 12 games. He had 19 in the first four games of the national tournament.
SAGU Athletic Director Jesse Godding said, “I have been impressed with the maturity of Dominique this year. His comfort as a leader has grown as his role with the team expanded. SAGU is proud of the accomplishment of Dominique and wish him continued success on and off the court.”
During the team’s captivating run to the NAIA title game, Rambo averaged 19.0 points per game 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 of the NAIA National Championship.
“There is some truth to 'Fear the Mohawk'” said Bostwick, referring to the fan phrase that pays tribute to Rambo's hair. "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.”