Croft Named 1st Team All-American

Croft Named 1st Team All-American
By: Dana Becker, The Messenger Sports Reporter
 
 

 

Tray Croft will have his name on the walls inside Hodges Fieldhouse for future generations of Iowa Central basketball to see.

Croft was named to the NJCAA Div. II All-America first team on Tuesday, becoming the sixth Triton to earn top honors.

"Being on a wall that people will remember me as one of the best to play at Iowa Central, I never, ever would have thought this could happen to me," said Croft, who will announce his college decision on Wednesday. "This is truly a dream come true."

Croft joins Al Nuness, Klaye Rowe, Kurt Alexander and Terell Parks as first team All-American selections, with Sullivan Sykes being named honorable mention. He was the lone ICCAC first team pick, with Kirkwood's Doug Wilson earning second team status.

 

After setting the single-season scoring record last year, Croft was left off the honor squads. This year, despite gaining the attention of every opposing team, he led Div. II with 27.5 points per game.

Croft also topped his point total from last year, scoring 854, as he became the school's career leading scorer. The Alabama native finished second in field goals (272-549) and free throws (204-242), and was eighth in 3-pointers (106-254).

"This means a lot to me," Croft said. "Not many people have been awarded first team All-American and now I can say I have. I am beyond thankful for everything that has happened to me this year. None of this would have happened without my teammates and the great coaching staff at Iowa Central.

"It's good knowing that all the hard work, late nights and through the injuries that it is all paying off."

 

Croft finished his two-year run with 1,626 career points. He also earned first team all-ICCAC honors for the second time and was the league player of the year.

As a first team All-American selection, Croft is likely in the running for the NJCAA Div. II Player of the Year Award, which will be announced on Thursday.

 

ALL-TIME ALL-AMERICANS FOR IOWA CENTRAL MEN'S BASKETBALL

Al Nuness, 1966, First Team

Sullivan Sykes, 2003, Honorable Mention

Klaye Rowe, 2006, First Team

Kurt Alexander, 2010, First Team

Terell Parks, 2011, First Team

Tray Croft, 2018, First Team

NJCAA DIV. II MEN'S BASKETBALL ALL-AMERICA TEAM

First Team

Tray Croft, Iowa Central, soph.; Kamari Balton, North Arkansas, fr.; Catoni' Collins, Lake County, fr.; Quintin Dove, Cuyahoga, soph.; Brian Fobbs, Genesee, soph.; Rashaad Goolsby, Phoenix, soph.; Walt Kelser, Schoolcraft, soph.; Harlyn Owens II, Dakota County, fr.; Holden Redparth, Highland, soph.; Deonta Terrell, Triton, soph.

Second Team

Keven Biggs, Pima, soph.; Dwight Burton, Macomb, soph.; Donel Cathcart, Niagara County, soph.; Jordan Forbes, Bryant & Stratton, soph.; Jalen Gant, North Central Missouri, soph.; Jordan Matthews, South Suburban, soph.; Dee Montgomery, Arkansas State Mid South, soph.; Jair Rodgers, Ancilla, soph.; Juwan Smith, Southern Maryland, soph.; Doug Wilson, Kirkwood, fr.

Third Team

Brandon Faison, Pitt, soph.; Tremaine Fraiser, Westchester, soph.; Anthony Lupardus, Johnson County, soph.; Rick'Keem Mixson, Raritan Valley, fr.; Gavin Rasler, Lake Michigan, soph.; Stevan Rodriguez, Lackawanna, soph.; Trayvon Tyler, Lincoln, soph.; Mason Vires, Morton, soph.; Ariel Watson, Garrett, soph.; Josh Williams, Rhode Island, fr.