Pikeville College's Josh Samarco and Adam Simmons received national honors from the NAIA recently.
Sarmarco was named NAIA second-team All-American following a tremendous season for the Bears. Samarco, a 6-0 junior from Ypsilanti, Mich., led the Mid-South Conference with an average of 20.4 points per game, scoring 611 points in his first season as a Bear. He finished 13th in the country in that category.
“He had a tremendous season, there’s no question about that, and he’s very deserving of this honor,” said Coach Kelly Wells. “He’s had a season as good as you’ll see and we’re very proud of him.”
He led the league in three other categories: Three-point shooting (47.8 percent), three-point shots made (3.3 per game) and free-throw shooting (88.7 percent). His three-point percent was second in the country while his free-throw number was third nationally.
Samarco scored at least 34 points five times this season, including his 41 on Feb. 19 when the Bears knocked off Georgetown College 84-80.
Adam Simmons, a 6-6 junior from Huntington, W.Va., was named to the 2008-09 NAIA Division I & Division II Men’s Basketball Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete team, released by the national office on Monday evening.
“We couldn’t be more proud of Adam,” said Coach Kelly Wells. “He represents all we’re about at Pikeville College and is an outstanding representative of our school. He works hard on the court every day and this honor clearly proves he is equally diligent in the classroom.”
Only 198 men’s basketball players in the NAIA’s two divisions qualified for the honor this season.