NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State University basketball players I’mani Davis and Demontez Loman were recipients of the A.D Hancock-Walter Nipper Basketball Sportsmanship Award from the Nashville City Civitan on Wednesday, April 6 during a luncheon at Swett’s restaurant in Nashville.
I'mani Davis and Demontez Loman, who were key contributors to their respective teams this season, earned the sportsmanship recognition for their character on and off the court.
A member of the 2016 All-OVC second team, Davis, finished the season as the Lady Tigers’ leading rebounder while averaging a team second-best 12.3 points per game. She registered six double-doubles as a junior and ranked in the top 20 in six OVC categories: defensive rebounding (2nd), overall rebounding (4th), steals (7th), blocks (8th), three-point field goal percentage (14th) and scoring (18th). Last season she helped guide the Lady Tigers to the program’s first OVC Tournament Championship and tournament berth in 20 years.
“I feel honored to win the sportsmanship award,” commented Davis. “I have great teammates and coaches that make me want to be a great leader and teammate.”
Loman made 52 starts in his two seasons at TSU and was the only Tiger to start all 31 games during the 2015-16 season. As a senior, the 6’6 forward posted 4.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game in leading Tennessee State to its third 20-win season at the Division I level. On the defensive end, Loman finished second on the team with 31 blocks and finished with 71 career blocks in his TSU career.
“I appreciate my coaches selecting me for the award,” said Loman. “There were a lot of high-character players who got the award. They gave me the honor for being coachable, and I really appreciate the coaches picking me.”
The Hancock-Nipper Sportsmanship Award is presented annually to a player from each of the Davidson County college teams that best displays outstanding sportsmanship qualities. The award is named after two long-time members of the Nashville City Civitan Club: A.D. Hancock, a highly-respected educator, and Walter Nipper, owner of Nashville Sporting Goods, who contributed much to the Nashville community.