VaSID honors State Basketball players and Coaches

 Following another outstanding year of collegiate basketball in the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) selected its 2017 University Division All-State men’s basketball teams announced Thursday in Lexington, Virginia.
 
A year after receiving All-State second team honors, T.J. Cline of the University of Richmond was named Player of the Year, Virginia Tech head coach Buzz Williams earned Coach of the Year and De’Monte Buckingham of Richmond was tabbed as Rookie of the Year.
 
An honorable mention AP All-American, Cline was named the Atlantic 10 Player of the Year in addition to being named to the NABC All-District first team and the Richmond Times-Dispatch Virginia State Player of the Year. He was the only player in the Atlantic 10 to rank in the top 10 in points, rebounds and assists and tallied the most assists of any player 6-9 or taller in the country. Cline was one of two players with two triple-doubles in the country this season.
 
Buzz Williams was named Coach of the Year after leading the Hokies to their first NCAA appearance in 10 years. Tech finished 22-11 overall and 10-8 in the ACC, the second consecutive season reaching 20 wins and 10 ACC wins. The Hokies were 11-1 in non-conference play and advanced to the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament. Tech defeated three nationally ranked teams this season, including No. 5 Duke and rival No. 12 Virginia.
 
De’Monte Buckingham of Richmond was recognized as the VaSID Rookie of the Year. Having recorded the most rebounds and second-most points of any Richmond freshman since 1999, the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year also ranked fourth in the league in steals during conference play.
 
Named to the All-State first team along with T.J. Cline were Daniel Dixon (William & Mary), JeQuan Lewis (VCU), London Perrantes (Virginia), and Marquise Moore (George Mason).
 
The All-State second team is composed of Omar Prewitt (William & Mary), Jonathan Wade (Norfolk State), Zach LeDay and Seth Allen of Virginia Tech, and Ed Polite, Jr. from Radford University. 


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