KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tennessee State men’s basketball Head Coach Dana Ford as well as redshirt senior Keron DeShields (Baltimore, Md.) and redshirt junior Tahjere McCall (Philadelphia, Pa.) were recognized for their accomplishments from the 2015-16 season by earning awards from the National Association of Basketball Coaches on Friday. Ford was named the NABC All-District Coach for District 19, while DeShields was named First Team All-District 19 and McCall earned Second Team All-District 19.
Award winners were selected and voted on by member coaches of the NABC.
Ford, who earned Ohio Valley Conference Coach of the Year earlier this month, led the Tigers to one of the biggest turnaround seasons in NCAA history, improving from 5-26 in 2014-15 to 20-11 this season. TSU finished one game behind Belmont for the best record in the OVC regular season standings and earned a berth to the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament.
DeShields led TSU with 16.5 points per game while also putting up 3.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. He was named First Team All-OVC and secured a spot on the OVC All-Newcomer Team.
The OVC Defensive Player of the Year, McCall put up 14.6 points per game and set TSU’s single-season record with 72 steals. McCall also earned First Team All-OVC and OVC All-Newcomer Team accolades.
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.