BARBOURVILLE, Ky. — The 2016-17 Union College men’s basketball team continues to make history as three Bulldogs were named to the NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball All-America teams with Gerrard Newby and Paul Stone earning first team honors.
Tyrone Sherman also made the list, receiving an honorable mention.
This is the most players the men’s basketball has ever placed on the NAIA All-America Team, and Newby and Stone are the first Bulldogs to make the first team in program history. A total of 16 have earned NAIA All-American Honors in program history. The Bulldogs now have two first team honorees, one second team honoree, two third team honorees, and 11 honorable mentions.
For Newby, this was the lone accolade missing from his illustrious career. The reigning Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) Player of the Year, Newby is a two-time All-AAC First Team selection, a three-time AAC Defensive Player of the Year honoree, and a four-time AAC All-Defensive team member.
“Gerrard Newby being named a First Team All-American caps one of the most-storied and successful careers in college basketball as he was a part of teams with an overall record of 121-20 in four years,” said head coach Kevin Burton. “This honor is so well deserved for Gerrard, and as everyone knows, Gerrard is a even better person than he is a player.”
Newby led the team in scoring and rebounding as he averaged 20.4 points and 9.7 rebounds per game. He tallied 19 double-doubles on the year to lead the AAC and to rank fifth in NAIA Division II. Newby finishes his career ranked eighth in program history in scoring with 1,744 points and fourth in rebounding with 1,043. He threaten the school record for 3-pointers in a season as he made 97. The record is 101.
Stone collected a host of honors this season, making the All-AAC First Team and being named the NAIA National Championship Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.
“I am so happy for Paul,” Burton said. “He has been so consistently good on both ends of the floor all season. This accolade is so well deserved.”
The Danville, Virginia, native averaged 18.0 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. Stone logged 12 double-doubles, 51 steals, and 21 blocks on the year. During the national tournament, he led the Bulldogs in scoring with a 21.3 points-per-game average to go with 28 rebounds over the five games.
Sherman proved to be a dynamo this season for the Bulldogs, as he as named to All-AAC First Team, the AAC All-Defensive Team, and the AAC Tournament MVP.
“Tyrone Sherman has been the catalyst of our team’s success all season,” said Burton. “His great instincts and intelligence fueled our team on both ends of the floor.”
The senior point guard registered 13.8 points per game and led the AAC in assists with 225, which ranks him fourth in NAIA Division II. Sherman tallied the second-most steals in the nation with 78 and made the NAIA National Championship All-Tournament after posting three games with 20 or more points. At the national tournament, he averaged 18.4 points and 5.6 rebounds to go along with 16 assists.
Union capped off the season by winning 33 games in a row en route to capturing the NAIA Division II National Championship. The Bulldogs finished 35-3 overall and 20-0 in the AAC.