BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Senior Larry Thomas added another prestigious honor to his stellar career today as he has been selected to play in the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Reese's Division III College All-Star game.
The Reese's Division III College All-Star game will be played this Saturday, March 21, at 12:30 p.m. (EDT), prior to the NCAA Division III championship game, which begins at 3:00 p.m. at the Salem Civic Center in Salem, Va. The teams are composed of two senior student-athletes from each of the eight regions in Division III and two seniors have been selected by online voting on D3hoops.com.
"It's a great honor for me even to be considered for something like this," Thomas said. "I'm excited to get to play another game. I've never done anything like this, so it should be a very fun experience. This individual recognition is just an emphasis on the group of guys I have around me!"
The game will feature a pair of outstanding former coaches who have both been recipients of the NABC Division III Distinguished Service Award. Former Wabash coach Mac Petty will lead the East team, which Thomas will play for, while former Blackburn coach Dr. Ira Zeff, now the director of athletics at Nebraska Wesleyan, will guide the West team.
Thomas, a 6'1" guard from Atlanta, Ga., was recently named D3hoops.com First-Team All-South Region for the second straight year after earning his second straight Southern Athletic Association Player of the Year award. He became BSC's all-time leading scorer this season with 1,666 career points and was a 2015 D3hoops.com Preseason All-American and 2014 NABC All-American.
Division III is the largest membership division in the NCAA, with approximately 450 member schools, 43 voting conferences and over 170,000 student-athletes.
Here are the rosters for the 2015 Reese's Division III College All-Star game:
Reese's WEST ALL-STAR TEAM – Coach: Dr. Ira Zeff, Blackburn/Nebraska Wesleyan
Victor Ljuljdjuraj, Albertus Magnus
Michael Lofton Jr., Bridgewater State (MA)
Quardell Young, UW-Whitewater
Dylan Overstreet, Illinois Wesleyan
Connor Merrill, Skidmore
Dalton Walsh, Alfred
Arik Smith, Cal Lutheran
Sterling Nielsen, St. Olaf
Marcus Alipate, University of St. Thomas
Reese's EAST ALL-STAR TEAM – Coach: Mac Petty, Wabash College
David Louison, St. Joseph's (Brooklyn)
Aaron Walton-Moss, Cabrini
Granville Gittens, Baruch College
Larry Thomas, Birmingham-Southern
Alex Foster, Emory
Bernard Edwards Jr, Defiance
Jordan Brink, Calvin
Gerald Wixted, Dickinson
Nick LaGuerre, St. Mary's (MD)