KANSAS CITY, MO - Florida Southern College men's basketball standout Jonathan Lawton has been named as an NABC all-American, the National Association of Basetball Coaches announced on Tuesday. Lawton helped lead the Moccasins to a 25-8 record and a Sunshine State Conference Tournament title.
The Mocs advanced to the NCAA South Regional semifinals for the second year in a row and defeated three ranked opponents during the season, including then-No. 3 Nova Southeastern in the SSC Tournament championship game. Lawton averaged a team-best 22.5 points per game as a senior and eclipsed the 1,000 career point mark.
Lawton was the SSC Player of the Year, the D2CCA South Region Player of the Year, an NABC first-team all-district selection, and one of 25 finalists for the Bevo Francis Award as the top non-Division I men's basketball player in the country.
A second-team all-district selection a year ago, Lawton has been selected to play in the Reese's Division II All-Star Game on March 29 at the Ford Center in Evansville, IN, the site of this year's Division II Elite Eight.
2019 NABC COACHES' DIVISION II ALL-AMERICA TEAM
Gage Davis, St. Cloud State, 6-4, Senior, Guard, Bolingbrook, Ill.
Jacobo Diaz, IUP, 6-9, Senior, Forward, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
Adam Eberhard, Bellarmine, 6-8, Senior, Forward, Evansville, Ind.
Tim Guers, Saint Anselm, 6-3, Senior, Guard, Langhorne, Pa.
Chris Hansen, UCSD, 6-7, Junior, C, Lafayette, Calif.
Amir Hinton, Shaw, 6-5, Junior, Guard, Philadelphia, Pa.
Daulton Hommes, Point Loma Nazarene, 6-8, Junior, Guard, Lynden, Wash.
Jonathan Lawton, Florida Southern, 6-2, Senior, Guard, Williamstown, N.J.
Kendale McCullum, Lewis, 6-1, Senior, Guard, Elgin, Ill.
Brandon Parker, Francis Marion, 6-3, Senior, Forward, Sumter, S.C.
Ryan Quaid, West Texas A&M, 6-6, Senior, Guard, Fort Collins, Colo.
Ryan Richmond, Bentley, 6-1, Senior, Guard, Toronto, Ont., Canada
Marquill Smith, West Georgia, 6-4, Senior, Guard, Miami Gardens, Fla.
Ben Sonnefeld, Colorado School of Mines, 6-3, Senior, Guard, Katy, Texas
Shaun Willett, Queens, 6-4, Senior, Forward, Palm Bay, Fla.
Joey Witthus, Northwest Missouri State, 6-7, Senior, Guard, Chanhassen, Minn.
About the National Association of Basketball Coaches
Located in Kansas City, MO, the NABC was founded in 1927 by Forrest "Phog" Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as Guardians of the Game. The NABC currently has nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men's basketball coaches. All members of the NABC are expected to uphold the core values of being a Guardian of the Game by bringing attention to the positive aspects of the sport of basketball and the role coaches play in the academic and athletic lives of today's student-athletes. The four core values of being a Guardian of the Game are advocacy, leadership, service and education. Additional information about the NABC, its programs and membership, can be found at www.nabc.org.