Written by Chris Pendleton
UNIONTOWN, Pa.—The United States Collegiate Athletic Association today announced its All-American and Academic All-American selections honoring six members of the Southern Virginia University men's basketball team.
Senior guards Casey Nye (Kaysville, Utah) and Isaac Jacobson (Kitty Hawk, N.C.) headlined the Southern Virginia awards as both Knights earned USCAA Second Team All-American honors. In addition to Nye and I. Jacobson, junior guard Anders Jacobson (Kitty Hawk, N.C.) earned USCAA Honorable Mention All-American honors for the second straight season.
"Casey, Isaac and Anders are both deserving of their All-American recognition tonight," said first-year Head Coach Tony Caputo, who guided Southern Virginia this season to the best regular-season winning percentage (16-6; ,727) in program history. "As captains and leaders of this team, Casey and Isaac have been constants all season long and Anders has really come on strong this second semester."
Nye, who was named a First Team All-American last season and an Honorable Mention All-American two seasons ago, is nearing the end of one of the most decorated careers in Southern Virginia men's basketball history. For the second straight season, Nye is leading the Knights in scoring with 15.8 points per game and he now ranks third on Southern Virginia's all-time scoring list with 1,251 career points.
Nye has already won more games (71) than any other player in program history, while helping the Knights to postseason appearances during each of his four seasons, including a second-place finish at nationals during his freshman season (2009-10) and the program's first national championship the following season (2010-11).
With last Tuesday's 73-52 home win over West Virginia University Institute of Technology, Nye finished his career with a 36-1 record at home in The Barn. He is the only player on Southern Virginia's roster who participated in all 28 games of the Knight's current home winning streak.
Nye's backcourt counterpart, I. Jacobson is also having one of the best statistical season's by a Southern Virginia player to date, ranking second on the team in scoring at 14.3 points per game, while leading the Knights in rebounds (5.9), assists (4.1) and steals (2.2) per game from the point guard position. A. Jacobson is the Knights' third leading scorer at 10.9 points per game, while also adding 3.2 assists, 3.6 rebounds and a team-high 4.7 free-throw attempts per game.
I. Jacobson and A. Jacobson were also part of Southern Virginia's 2010-11 national championship team with Nye, and both brothers earned Honorable Mention All-American honors a season ago. The pair has never lost at home going 26-0 in The Barn during their three seasons together at Southern Virginia.
A. Jacobson also earned USCAA All-Academic honors for the second straight season and was joined on the All-Academic team by seniors Andrew Bailey (Cheyenne, Wyo.) and Payton Brooks (Beaverton, Ore.), as well as junior Dallas Lund (Buena Vista, Va.).
"When team enjoy success, there are plenty of opportunities for individual accolades," Caputo said. "And after one of the most successful seasons in program history, its great to see our players honored for their achievements both on the court and in the classroom."