Court Side Newspaper is proud to bring you the 2016/2017 season NAIA Division 1 All-America Team. The selection process is based only on the advanced statistic of Player Efficiency Rating (PER). This is a one-number measure of a player’s per-minute productivity. It is an overall efficiency statistic that sums up a player’s positive accomplishments, subtracts the negative accomplishments, and returns a per-minute rating of a player’s performance. Until recently only the NBA used this advanced statistic. It has never been used at NAIA 1 level.
TORREN JONES IS NAIA DIVISION 1 PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Torren Jones, a 206 cm (6’9) forward from William Penn, has the highest PER at NAIA D1 level with 33.3. He also averaged almost 20,4 ppg and 12,4 rpg. Dalarian Williams, a 198 cm (6’6) forward from Life was the POY choice of the NABC, but his PER was only 25,7, which did not rank him among the top-20 in that category.
NAIA DIVISION 1 ALL-AMERICA STATISTICAL FIRST TEAM
G- Jordan Washington, 178 cm (5’10), Talladega
G/F-Jeremy Deemer, 201 cm (6’7), Graceland
F- Joe Jackson, 198 cm (6’6), Our Lady of the Lake
F/C-Brandon Moss, 206 cm (6’9), LSU Alexandria
F/C- Jalen McGaughy, 208 cm (6’10), Dillard
All the above players have a PER of 29 or more.
TORREN JONES IS THE “KING OF THE BOARDS.”
Torren Jones (206 cm, William Penn) was a real beast on the glass this season. He grabbed 25,9% of all available rebounds while he was on the floor. Manuel Hernandez (206 cm, Huston-Tillotson) was a good runner-up with a rebound rate of 24,4. Torren Jones also led the traditional stats with 12,3 rpg.
JUSTYN FRANKS IS THE “BOSS OF THE BLOCK.”
Justyn Franks (215 cm, Jarvis Christian) had a block percentage of 15.7%. While he is on the floor, Justyn swats almost one in every six opponent field-goal attempts. He also ranked 5th in the traditional statistic of average blocked shots per game (2.4). That category was led by Jalen McGaughy who averaged three blocked shots per game. McGaughy was second in Block percentage (12,4).
DIFFERENT TYPE OF PASSERS
Cory Jones (195 cm, Wiley) had an assist percentage of 38,2 which means that while he was on the floor, he assisted 38,2 % of all his teammate field goals. Another player adept at “dropping dimes” was Naiel Smith (196 cm, Texas Wesleyan). His assist ratio was 45.1 (45.1 assists out of every 100 possessions he used). He also led the traditional statistical ranking with an average of 7,6 assists per game.