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NAIA League Breakdown: The Sun Conference

NAIA League Breakdown: The Sun Conference

By naiahoopsreport_admin September 20, 2019 0 Comments

The Sun Conference is a 10 team NAIA DII league that features teams from Florida and Georgia.

2018-2019 Standings
School TSC OVR
Warner [17] 14-4 21-11
Southeastern [23] 13-5 20-10
Ave Maria [RV] 13-5 23-9
Keiser 11-7 15-14
Coastal Georgia 10-8 17-14
St. Thomas 10-8 11-16
Thomas 9-9 13-13
Webber International 4-14 13-17
Florida Memorial 3-15 5-25
Johnson & Wales (Fla.) 3-15 3-22

Warner was able to pull out The Sun Conference (TSC) regular season title, while Ave Maria was the TSC Tournament Champions. The Sun Conference put three teams (Warner, Ave Maria, Southeastern) into the NAIA DII National Tournament.

Top Players Returning
HM All-American, 1st Team All-Sun Conference

School: Ave Maria
Class: SR
Position: G

School: Webber International
Class: JR
Position: G/F

Jaylen Smallwood
School: Coastal Georgia
Class: SR
Position: G/F

1st Team All- Sun Conference

School: St. Thomas
Class: SR
Position: G

School: Thomas
Class: SR
Position: G

Key Players Lost
2nd Team All-American, The Sun Conference Player of the Year

School: Warner
Position: F

HM All-Americans
Romello Bates Ave Maria
Gianpaolo Riccio Ave Maria
Jaylen Smallwood Coastal Georgia
Andrija Matic Keiser
Josiah Barsh Southeastern

New Coaches

Tae Norwood is the new Head Coach at Keiser. Coach Norwood has 16 years of coaching experience. He was most recently at Lynn University, and has four years of NCAA D1 experience.

Kevin Lubbers was named the new Head Coach at Southeastern. Coach Lubbers was most recently at NCAA D2 University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. He also brings in a lot of NAIA experience as he both played and coached at Trinity Christian College.

St Thomas hired D.P. Harris as it’s new Head Coach. Coach Harris brings in 22 years of experience, including most recently at Saint Vincent College, where he spent 16 years as the Head Basketball Coach.

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