COLUMBUS, Ohio – Two sophomore standout players were named 2017-18 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) DIII all-Americans on Tuesday afternoon.
First-team honors went to Mario Young, a 6'3" guard from Mansfield while Honorable Mention recognition went to Christopher Byrd, a 6'2 guard from Columbus. Young and Byrd, who were both OCCAC first-team selections, led Columbus State to a third place national finish this year.
Young averaged 18.2 points, 8.4 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1.9 steals, and 1.3 blocks this season. The Mansfield Senior graduate also accumulated 1,008 total points (54.8% shooting percentage), 404 rebounds, 194 assists, 101 steals, and 60 blocks over his two-year career while becoming Columbus State's third highest leading scorer of all time. He joins all-time leading scorer Glenn Cosey (2011-2013) as only one of two men's basketball players ever awarded with first-team all-American honors.
Byrd earned accolades for his 16 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 2.6 assists per game this season. The South grad ends his Columbus State career with 725 points, 198 rebounds, and 110 assists. For his part, he is the only Columbus State men's basketball player ever given Honorable Mention all-American honors.
Columbus State finished the 2017-18 season with a 20-10 overall record and advanced to the national tournament after winning the Region XII and District II titles.
For a comprehensive list of Columbus State all-Americans, go to: http://cscccougars.com/information/All-Americans
The complete list of 2017-18 NJCAA DIII all-Americans in men's basketball: http://njcaa.org/sports/mbkb/2017-18/div3/all-americans/index