Court Side Newspaper is proud to bring you the 2016/2017 season NCAA Division 2 All-America Team. We base our selection process 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 NCAA 2 level.
JUSTIN REYES IS NCAA DIVISION 2 PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Justin Reyes, a 193 cm (6’4) guard/forward from St. Thomas Aquinas College has the highest PER at D2 level with 36.6. Furthermore, Justin Reyes averaged 20.6 ppg while connecting on 63.7 % of his 2-point Field Goals and 42.9 % from three-point land. In addition, he also averaged 9.3 rpg, 2.8 apg, and 2.2 spg.
NCAA DIVISION 2 ALL-AMERICA
G-Justin Pitts, 175 cm (5’9”), Northwest Missouri State University
G/F-Matt Bingaya, 193 cm (6’4”), Fairmont State University
F-Dustin Seva, 201 cm (6’7”), Shippensburg University
F/C-Chris Perry, 203 cm (6’8”), Lincoln Memorial University
F/C-Zach Hankins, 208 cm (6’10”), Ferris State University
All the above NCAA Division 2 All-America players of thave a PER of 31 or more.
HUNTER REINE IS THE KING OF THE BOARDS
Hunter Reine (208 cm, University of Missouri – St.Louis) was a real beast on the glass this season. He grabbed 28% of all available rebounds while he was on the floor. As far as traditional statistics are concerned, John Feiler led the NCAA D2 with an average of 14.8 rpg, but his rebounding rate was only 23% which didn’t rank him among the top-10 players in the league. Why is there a big gap between advanced and traditional stats? It’s because Feiler played 34 minutes per game and had more time to collect his rebounds. Hunter Reine was more dominant at pulling down boards, at least relative to the amount of time he spent on the floor and a number of available rebounds. Other dominant rebounders were Romond Jenkins (201 cm, Tarleton State), Corey Hammell (198 cm, Alaska Anchorage) and Logan Doyle (203 cm, Northern State).
MALCOLM GILBERT IS THE BOSS OF THE BLOCKS
Malcolm Gilbert (211 cm, Philadelphia University ) had a block percentage of 15.6%. While he was on the floor, Gilbert swats almost one in every six opponent field-goal attempts. In addition, he also ranked 5th in the traditional statistic of average blocked shots per game (3.3). Other dominant shot blockers were Gabe Brown (213 cm, Rockhurst) and Dominique Alexander (201 cm, West Alabama). In traditional stats, Zach Hankins had an impressive average of 4.4 blocks per game, followed by Spencer Casson. In block percentage, they ranked 9th (with 13 %) and 6th (with 14%).
THREE DIFFERENT TYPE OF PASSERS
Akaemji Williams (172 cm, Lake Superior State) had an assist percentage of 45.5% which means that while he was on the floor, he assisted 45.5 % of all his teammate field goals. One of the most unselfish players this season was Matt Johnson (175 cm, Tampa). His assist ratio was 52.3. That’s 52.3 assists out of every 100 possessions he used. Juvaris Hayes (182 cm, Merrimack) led the traditional statistical ranking with an average of 9.3 assists per game.