LEVELLAND—After compiling one of the most dominant offensive seasons in school history during the 2016-17 campaign, sophomore sharpshooter Jordan Brangers was named an NJCAA First-Team All-American on Thursday.
The 6-foot-2 3-point specialist from Radcliff, Kentucky played an instrumental role in helping the Texans earn a No. 1 national ranking for 16 consecutive weeks during the regular season and a birth in the 2017 NJCAA Men's Basketball Final Four. Brangers will get the opportunity to represent the Texans one more time as he was one of 12 sophomores selected to the 2017 NJCAA Men's Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Game which will take place on April 29 at 4:30 p.m. at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
"Being a first-team All-American is a huge accomplishment, and that was one of my goals when I came here this summer," Brangers said. "Being selected to the all-star game as one of the top players in the country is a great honor for me. I worked hard all summer and put in countless hours in the gym during the season and it all paid off."
Brangers showcased the ability to hit from nearly anywhere on the floor as he led the nation with 151 3-balls, shattering Marshall Henderson's previous school record of 128 3s in 2012. Brangers broke the school record for 3s in a single game during a 38-point performance on Feb. 16 against New Mexico Military Institute at the Texan Dome in which he finished 10-of-15 from the 3-point line in the Texans' 108-69 dismantling of the Broncos.
Brangers' 710 total points ranked fourth in the country along with his 256 total field goals which ranked sixth best in the NJCAA. He also ranked inside the top 20 with his 20.9 points per game average.
"This is just one accolade that I can put on my list," Brangers said. "I really need to keep working hard. It's a great accomplishment, but I don't want it to be my last accomplishment. It's a great feeling knowing that I get to put that South Plains jersey on one more time and represent our team and the entire school."
2016-17 NJCAA Division I Men's Basketball All-America Teams
All-America selections are made by the NJCAA Division I Men's Basketball Committee
FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICANS
Kareem Brewton Eastern Florida State G 6' 3" So.
Kyvon Davenport Georgia Highlands F 6' 6" So.
Shakur Juiston Hutchinson (KS) F 6' 7" So.
Bruce Stevens Jones County (MS) F 6' 8" So.
Ty Lazenby Northern Oklahoma Enid G 6' 5" So.
Corey Davis San Jacinto-Central (TX) G 6' 2" So.
Zach Hunsaker Snow (UT) G 6' 1" Fr.
Jordan Brangers South Plains (TX) G 6' 2" Fr.
Jason Burnell St. Petersburg (FL) F 6' 7" So.
Christopher Darrington Vincennes (IN) G 6' 1" So.
SECOND TEAM ALL-AMERICANS
Dallas Hillard Cochise (AZ) F 6' 7" So.
Adrian Hicks Columbia State (TN) G 6' So.
D'Angelo Jackson Highland (IL) G 6' 4" So.
Samajae Haynes-Jones Hutchinson (KS) G 6' So.
Jalen Perry John A. Logan (IL) G 6' 3" So.
Javion Hamlet Motlow State (TN) G 6' 4" Fr.
James Batemon III North Dakota SCS G 6' 1" So.
Zaquavian Smith South Georgia State G 6' 1" So.
Rodrick Sikes Southwest Mississippi G 6' 1" So.
Jerome Adger, Jr. Spartanburg Methodist (SC) G 6' 1" So.
THIRD TEAM ALL-AMERICANS
Daniel Kinchen Alabama Southern G 6' 2" So.
Abdulrahman Mohamed Gillette (WY) G 6' 7" Fr.
Milik Gantz Harcum (PA) G 6' 3" So.
Dequon Lake Iowa Western C 6' 11" So.
Latrell Tidwell Kankakee (IL) F 6' 7" So.
Zachary Cuthbertson Mineral Area (MO) F 6' 7" So.
Reginald Scurry, Jr. Northern Oklahoma TonkawaF 6' 7" So.
Jorden Duffy San Jacinto-Central (TX) G 6' 1" So.
Charles Jones Southern Idaho G 6' 2" Fr.
Camron Reedus Three Rivers (MO) G 6' 3" So.
HONORABLE MENTION ALL-AMERICANS
Joe Hugley Baltimore City (MD) F 6' 7" Fr.
Robert Stenborg Brunswick (NC) G 6' 4" So.
Deante Strickland Casper (WY) G 5' 10" So.
Karriem Simmons, Jr. Central Arizona (AZ) F 6' 7" So.
Adarius Avery Connors State (OK) G 6' 5" So.
Nashad Mackey Daytona State (FL) F 6' 6" So.
Joshua Boutte Dodge City (KS) F 6' 6" So.
Micah Till Harford (MD) F 6' 6" Fr.
Christopher McNeal Indian Hills (IA) G 6' 1" So.
Charles Tripp Marion Military (AL) C 6' 8" So.
Shannon Bouges McLennan (TX) F 6' 2" So.
Brandon Better Moberly Area (MO) G 6' 2" So.
Dani Koljanin Monroe College (NY) F 6' 8" So.
Leroy Buchanan Northeast Mississippi (MS) G 6' 3" So.
Michael Miller Shawnee (IL) G 6' 3" So.
Jaalam Hill Southwestern Illinois (IL) F 6' 6" Fr.
Hyron Edwards Trinity Valley (TX) G 6' 1" So.
Vernon Lowndes USC Salkehatchie (SC) G 6' 4" So.
Isaiah Tisdale Vincennes (IN) G 6' 1" Fr.
Nieta Jackson Williston State (ND) F 6' 6" Fr.