Marshall, Mo. (Press Release)- Missouri Valley College men’s basketball student-athlete, Senior Raviel Burton (St. Johns, Antigua) has been named to the 2015-2016 NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball All-America Team. Burton was selected as an honorable mention to the All-American team for his play during the recently completed season.
Burton finished second on the team in scoring, averaging 15.9 points per game and led the team in rebounding, averaging 9.1 per game. Burton finished the season second on the team in total points (508), and led the team in total rebounds (292), blocked shots (36), and shooting percentage (.505). Burton also scored in double-figures in 24 of the 32 games this season and led the team with 14 double-doubles. In the conference, Burton finished eighth in points per game and total scoring, third in total rebounds per game, fourth in total rebounds, fifth in total blocked shots and third in double-doubles. His best game this season was in an 83-68 win over Benedictine (Kan.) College on Dec. 2, when he finished with 32 points and 12 rebounds
Burton becomes the fifth Viking under Head Coach Chad Lance, and the third in the past four seasons, to earn All-American honors. Current assistant coach Ramone Powell was a third-team selection in 2005, Damon Collins was a second team selection in 2007, Jordan Epps was an honorable mention selection in 2013 and James Lane was a third-team selection following the 2015 season.
Burton, a first team all-conference selection this season, also topped 1000 career points as a Viking against Avila (Mo.) University on Jan. 11, and his 292 total rebounds this season rank third-all-time in program history in a single season. Burton finished his career with 1272 total points, which ranks fifth all-time in the program. His 697 career rebounds ranks second in program history and his 136 blocked shots set a program record.
The Viking men’s basketball program finished with a 15-17 overall record, and a 9-13 record in the Heart of America Athletic Conference.
Missouri Valley College women’s basketball student-athlete, Sophomore Forward Deidra, McCoy (Hot Springs, Ark.) has been named to the 2015-16 NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball All-America Team. McCoy was listed as an honorable mention, and this is the third-straight year a Viking has been honored as an All-American
McCoy finished this season averaging 13.6 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. She led the team in points per game, total points (368) and steals (39). McCoy finished the season second on the team in rebounds (140), assists (44) and double-doubles (2). At the conference level, McCoy finishes seventh in scoring average, fourth in free throw percentage (.785) and had the third-highest single-game point total of the season in a 33-point effort against Culver-Stockton (Mo.) College on Feb. 24.
McCoy becomes the fifth member of the Viking women’s basketball program to earn All-American status. She joins two-time All-American Michelle (Renschin) Reinke (1995 and 1996), Bonnie Johnson (2008), Gabi Morales (2014) and Kienna Wharton (2015)
In addition to her All-American honor, McCoy was a named member of the Heart of America Athletic Conference All-Conference first team. The Vikings finished the season with a 12-15 overall record and a 10-12 record in the Heart.