Columbus native Terryonte Thomas, a New Hope High School graduate, led East Mississippi Community College with 13.7 points per game this season. Photo by: Photo courtesy East Mississippi Community College
April 2, 2019 11:35:59 AM
SCOOBA -- Terryonte Thomas, an East Mississippi Community College sophomore from New Hope, has been named to the NJCAA All-Region 23 Team.
Thomas, a Columbus native who averaged a team-leading 13.7 points per game this season, was also named to the first team of the MACHC All-State/North squad. He helped the Lions win their first state title in men's basketball since the 1930s. The Lions had a 19-8 record.
Joining Thomas on the All-State team were sophomores Dewayne Cox and Robert Davis Jr..
The selections were voted on by the head men's basketball coaches of the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges.
Thomas, a 6-foot-4 guard and an all-state prep honoree at New Hope High School, averaged 4.6 rebounds and 1.8 assists an outing as a sophomore along with shooting 48 percent overall from the field, 38 percent from beyond the three-point arc and 72 percent from the free throw line.
As a two-year starter at East Mississippi, Thomas totaled 655 career points (13.1 ppg), 258 rebounds (5.2 rpg) and 108 assists (2.2 apg) in 50 games played for the Lions.
Cox, out of Ripley High School, was EMCC's second-leading scorer this past year at 12.9 points per contest. The 6-1 guard led the Lions in steals (63) for the second straight year in addition to ranking second on the team with 51 assists and fourth in rebounding (4.9 rpg).
During his two seasons on the Scooba campus, Cox amassed 591 career points (11.6 ppg), 244 rebounds (4.8 rpg), 103 steals (2.0 spg) and 89 assists (1.7 apg). Along with shooting 45 percent from the field during his EMCC career, Cox made 82.2 percent (194-of-236) of his charity tosses.
Following an injury-plagued freshman year for the Lions coming out of Clinton High School, Davis enjoyed a breakout sophomore season by ranking as EMCC's third-leading scorer (12.4 ppg) and top playmaker with 54 assists. The 6-2 guard also led the Lions this past year with 44 3-pointers in addition to shooting a team-high 46 percent from behind the three-point line and 87 percent from the charity stripe.
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