ASHEVILLE, N.C. - The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced the 2014-15 Division II Men's Basketball All-America teams. The Appalachian Athletic Conference had two players make the teams.
Brandon Cole of Bryan landed on the Third Team, while Union's Deante Johnson is an honorable mention.
Cole, the AAC Player of the Year, led the AAC and NAIA Division II in scoring and rebounding as he averaged 29.14 points and 11.32 rebounds per game. His 816 total points ranked him second nationally as did his 317 total rebounds. The junior ended the season 16 points shy of 2,000 career points. He scored a season-high 51 points against St. Catharine (Ky.) on Nov. 3, making him one of only two players in the nation to net 50 or more points in a game this season.
Johnson ended the season as the Union's leading scorer, averaging 14.5 points per contest. In January, Johnson became Union's 27th 1,000th point scorer, and the first Bulldog to accomplish the feat since 2008. For his two and a half year career, Johnson ends with 1,216 career points, which puts him 23rd on Union's all-time scoring list. Johnson finished the season as the best shooter from the floor in all of NAIA Division II, coming in at 71.5 percent for the year (which is also the best in a season in Union history). In all, Johnson posted 27 double-digit scoring games on the year (in 35 starts), posting his last in the win over Northwestern Ohio, scoring a game-high 20 points to lead the Bulldogs to the win.
To view the full 2014-15 NAIA Division II Men's Basketball All-American Teams, click here.