Pima Community College men’s basketball player Deion James (Empire HS) received a prestigious award from the NJCAA on Thursday.
James, a sophomore forward, was named the 2017 Spalding NJCAA Division II Player of the Year.
James was selected first-team NJCAA All-American last week and was the ACCAC Co-Player of the Year. He was also named to the NJCAA Division II All-Tournament team and was the Region I, Division II tournament game MVP. He led the ACCAC in points (20.6) and rebounds (9.6) as well as tallying 20-double-doubles on the season.
The Aztecs won 22 games this season — the most since 1989-90 and won 13 ACCAC conference games which was the most since the 2000-01 season. They captured their first Region I, Division II championship since 2010 and were second in the NJCAA in scoring at 99.5 points per game.
This information was written by the Pima Community College sports information office.