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Anthony Earns All-America Honors

Buzz Anthony dribbling toward the basket
Buzz Anthony (photo by Frank Straus)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Randolph-Macon sophomore guard Buzz Anthony (Arnold, Md./Archbishop Spalding) was selected All-America Second Team as the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced the 2019 NABC Coaches' Division III All-America teams.

Anthony is one of three sophomores to receive All-America honors and the only sophomore on Second Team. He was earlier named to the NABC All-South District First Team and D3hoops.com 2019 Men's All-South Region First Team. Anthony was one of 50 players on the second watch list for the Bevo Francis Award, presented annually to the player with the finest overall season with non-Division I basketball.

The ODAC Player of the Year and one of two Yellow Jackets to start all 31 games this season, Anthony led R-MC with 485 points and 15.6 points per contest. He also topped the team with 157 rebounds, an average of 5.1 per game. Anthony led the ODAC and was seventh in the nation with 120 total assists, an average of 5.8 per outing. Anthony was first in the conference and eighth in the country in assist/turnover ratio at 3.20.

During the 2018-19 season, Anthony led the team in scoring 13 times, was tops in rebounding 10 times, and led the Yellow Jackets in assists 25 times.

Anthony is the first All-American for R-MC men's basketball since Justin Short in 2009. Short was named All-America First Team by DIII News and All-America Third Team by the NABC.

R-MC posted a 27-4 mark during the 2018-19 campaign. The four losses were to teams that reached the Elite Eight, with two by one point, and two losses to teams in the Final Four. The Yellow Jackets were one win away from the program mark for victories in a season. R-MC went 15-1 in ODAC play, claiming its third straight regular-season conference crown. The Yellow Jackets hosted and won the first two rounds of the 2019 NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Championship before traveling to Amherst, Mass., and falling 58-57 to Swarthmore in the Round of 16.

The Yellow Jackets were second in the nation in scoring margin (+18.6), fourth in scoring defense (61.8 ppg), fifth in assist/turnover ratio (1.65), fifth in turnovers per game (9.9), seventh in total three-point field goals made (331) and ninth in win-loss percentage (.871).

2019 NABC COACHES' DIVISION III ALL-AMERICA FIRST TEAM

Ben Boots, UW Oshkosh, 6-1, Senior, Guard, Kimberly, Wis.

Booker Coplin, Augsburg, 6-3, Junior, Guard, Shakopee, Minn.

Jack Davidson, Wabash, 6-1, Sophomore, Guard, Fishers, Ind.

Kena Gilmour, Hamilton, 6-4, Junior, Guard, New Paltz, N.Y.

Edvinas Rupkus, Skidmore, 6-4, Senior, Guard, Naujoji Akmene, Lithuania

Sam Toney, New Jersey City, 6-4, Junior, Forward, Plainfield, N.J.

Dimitrius Underwood, UT Dallas, 6-2, Junior, Guard, Mesquite, Texas

Cam Wiley, Swarthmore, 6-0, Senior, Guard, Atlanta, Ga.

2019 NABC COACHES' DIVISION III ALL-AMERICA SECOND TEAM

Buzz Anthony, Randolph Macon, 5-11, Sophomore, Guard, Arnold, Md.

Marcus Carter, Christopher Newport, 6-2, Senior, Guard, Williamsburg, Va.

Aston Francis, Wheaton, 6-1, Senior, Guard, Tyler, Texas

Ryan Garver, Nebraska Wesleyan, 6-3, Senior, Forward, Lincoln, Neb.

Ty Nichols, Keene State, 6-3, Senior, Forward, Springfield, Mass.

Jonathan Patron, Plattsburgh State, 6-2, Senior, Forward, Huntington, N.Y.

Christian Taylor, Staten Island, 6-1, Junior, Guard, Staten Island, N.Y.

Austin Schreck, Capital, 6-3, Senior, Guard, Erlanger, Ky.

2019 NABC COACHES' DIVISION III ALL-AMERICA THIRD TEAM

Jason Bady, York, 6-0, Senior, Guard, West Chester, Pa.

Austin Butler, Whitman, 6-3, Senior, Wing, Los Angeles, Calif.

Will Carius, Monmouth, 6-7, Junior, Forward, Bettendorf, Iowa

Ryan Clamage, Rochester, 6-5, Senior, Guard, Lake Forest, Ill.

Will Crumly, Covenant, 6-9, Sophomore, Forward, Marietta, Ga.

Cam Fails, Hanover, 5-11, Senior, Guard, Cincinnati, Ohio

Bradley Jomard, MIT, 6-6, Senior, Guard/Forward, Paris, France

Gabriel Leifer, Yeshiva, 6-5, Junior, Forward, Lawrence, N.Y.

About the National Association of Basketball Coaches

Located in Kansas City, Mo., the NABC was founded in 1927 by 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.