Aztecs Stallworth and James earn NJCAA All-American honors

Sydni Stallworth, left, and Deion James, right, were named NJCAA All-Americans. Photo / PCC Athletics

By Raymond Suarez / PCC Sports

Pima Community College mainstay Sydni Stallworth’s (Palo Verde HS) junior college career came full circle on Friday.

Stallworth, a sophomore guard, was named first-team NJCAA Division II All-American for the second straight year. She joined Tia Morrison (2009, 2010) and Abyee Maracigan (2009, 2010) as the only women’s basketball student-athletes to take home back-to-back All-American honors.

Stallworth helped lead the Aztecs to a 23-8 overall record and a runner-up finish in the Region I, Division II tournament. She played and started in all 31 games this season averaging 17 points, 4.7 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 2.3 steals per game. She shot 39 percent from the field and 81 percent from the free throw line.

She was also selected ACCAC Division II Player of the Year for the second straight year. She was named ACCAC Division II Player of the Week seven times during her career at Pima.

Stallworth finished her Pima career with a record of 51-16 and guided the Aztecs to a Region I, Division II Championship and a third place finish at the NJCAA Division II tournament in 2016.

Stallworth signed her national letter of intent to compete at the University of Alaska-Anchorage.

See the complete NJCAA Division II All-American teams on the NJCAA website:

http://njcaa.org/sports/wbkb/2016-17/div2/all-americans/index

On the men’s side, Pima Community College men’s basketball standout Deion James (Empire HS) received one of the highest honors from the NJCAA on last week in recognition of play during the 2016-17 season.

James, a sophomore forward, was named first team NJCAA All-American. He is the fifth player in program history and only the second since 1991. He is also the second All-American under coach Brian Peabody. Murphy Gershman was named an NJCAA All-American in 2015.

James was the centerpiece as he was named ACCAC Co-Player of the Year and first team All-ACCAC. He was also selected the Region I, Division II Championship game Most Valuable Player.

He played and started in 33 games this season averaging 20.6 points (led ACCAC), 9.6 rebounds (second in ACCAC), 3.5 assists and one block per game. He also had 20 double-doubles in points and rebounds.

James helped lead the Aztecs to a 22-win season; most for the program since the 1989-90 season. The Aztecs also won 13 ACCAC conference games which was their best total since the 2000-01 season. Pima also made its first trip to the NJCAA Division II tournament since 2010.

The Aztecs finished second in the NJCAA in scoring 99.5 points per game. They led the ACCAC in points and rebounds.

James, a graduate from Empire High School, played his first year of collegiate basketball at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro, NC.  He is undecided where he will continue his collegiate career.

 

 

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