Northwood University (Fla.) senior guard Ra’Shad James (White Plains, N.Y.) was recognized as the top player in the NAIA Division II landscape, earning the Player of the Year award, along with a First Team All-American selection, while senior guard Ty Davis (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) was chosen as a Second Team All-American, announced by the NAIA All-America Committee. James finished the year as the nation’s second-leading scorer averaging 23 points a game for 736 points on the season, third-most in Northwood history, along with 6.9 rebounds and 81 total assists. James was a five-time Sun Conference Player of the Week, and was selected as the NAIA Division II National Player of the Week for the week of January 21st. He also set the NU single-game scoring mark with 39 points in an overtime win against Carthage. James was chosen as Sun Conference Player of the Year and a Sun Conference First Team selection.
Davis was tabbed as a Second Team All-American after leading the nation in assists with 7.86 a game, and third in total assists with 236, while contributing 11.9 points and 2.3 steals a game. A four-year player at Northwood, Tyrone was chosen as a Sun Conference First Team and Sun Conference Defensive Team selection during his senior season. Davis was picked as the first Sun Conference Player of the Week this season, after setting the Northwood single-game mark with 15 assists in a win over Northwood (Mich.) in the President’s Cup.
– Chris Kendrick