SW’s Blevins named NAIA All-American


Rio Grande sophomore forward Shiloah Blevins was named an NAIA Honorable Mention All-American on Thursday. The South Webster native averaged 17.3 points and 6.6 rebounds for the RedStorm, which made their first NAIA national tournament appearance since 2003. He was also named River States Conference Player of the Year.

Rio Grande sophomore forward Shiloah Blevins was named an NAIA Honorable Mention All-American on Thursday. The South Webster native averaged 17.3 points and 6.6 rebounds for the RedStorm, which made their first NAIA national tournament appearance since 2003. He was also named River States Conference Player of the Year.


Courtesy Photo by Justyce Stout

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — University of Rio Grande sophomore Shiloah Blevins has been named as an Honorable Mention selection to the 2020-21 NAIA Men’s Basketball All-America Team.

The list was released on Thursday afternoon by the national office.

Blevins, a 6-foot-5 forward from South Webster, helped the RedStorm to a 16-10 finish — and its first national tournament appearance since 2003.

Blevins earned River States Conference Player of the Year honors after averaging 17.3 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.5 blocked shots per game for head coach Ryan Arrowood’s squad.

He also shot 50.5-percent from the field, 83.1-percent from the free-throw line, and recorded four double-doubles over the course of the season.

Blevins ranked second in the RSC in blocks per game, third in free-throw percentage, fifth in scoring average, sixth in field-goal percentage, and 12th in rebounds per game.

Three teams of 10 players each comprised the first-, second- and third-teams, along with the 42-player Honorable Mention list.

National champion Shawnee State, national runner-up Lewis-Clark State (Idaho), LSU Shreveport (La.) and Southwestern Assemblies of God (Texas) led the group with two selections each.

LSU Alexandria (La.) and Central Baptist (Ark.) led the way with two Honorable Mention selections.

Kyle Mangas of Indiana Wesleyan leads the group of honorees and was named the NAIA National Player of the Year.

It is Mangas’ second consecutive season earning the honor — after being named the NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball Player of the Year a season ago.

Mangas, in addition to earning his second national player of the year honor, has now been named an NAIA First Team All-America selection for the fourth consecutive time.

He finished his season as the NAIA leader in points per game with 29.52, and in total scoring with 974 points in 2020-21.

As a whole, 12 players moved from the Honorable Mention a season ago to one of the three All-America teams.

Kadavion Evans of LSU Shreveport and E.J. Onu of Shawnee State both made the biggest jumps in that category — into the first-team selections in 2021.

Damek Mitchell of Lewis-Clark State and Kevion Blaylock of William Penn (Iowa) jumped from third-team selections in 2020 into the first team this season.

Shawnee State senior James Jones, the NAIA National Tournament’s Most Valuable Player, earned his first national All-American award by earning second-team All-American.

DeLano Thomas of Shawnee State was named the NAIA Men’s Basketball Coach of the Year — after guiding his team to its first red banner on Tuesday night.

In just his fourth season at the helm, Thomas led his squad to a 31-2 mark — and a No. 6 ranking in the final Top 25 poll.

Prior to the national championship, Austin Johnson of Lewis-Clark State was named the NABC-NAIA Men’s Basketball Coach of the Year — after guiding the Warriors to the 2021 title game.

This is Johnson’s second consecutive NABC-NAIA Men’s Basketball Coach of the Year honor.

Rio Grande sophomore forward Shiloah Blevins was named an NAIA Honorable Mention All-American on Thursday. The South Webster native averaged 17.3 points and 6.6 rebounds for the RedStorm, which made their first NAIA national tournament appearance since 2003. He was also named River States Conference Player of the Year.
https://www.portsmouth-dailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/28/2021/03/web1_Shiloah-Blevins.jpgRio Grande sophomore forward Shiloah Blevins was named an NAIA Honorable Mention All-American on Thursday. The South Webster native averaged 17.3 points and 6.6 rebounds for the RedStorm, which made their first NAIA national tournament appearance since 2003. He was also named River States Conference Player of the Year. Courtesy Photo by Justyce Stout