John Moon and McKenzie Stanford continue their basketball court successes into the postseason with Division II All-American honors announced on March 21.
The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association selected 40 players nationwide – 10 on the first team and 30 honorable mentions – to be on the 2015-16 DII All-American list and Stanford earned an honorable mention. She is Oklahoma Christian University’s first female student-athlete to receive NCAA DII All-American honors.
Stanford, a junior from Perkins, Oklahoma, bypassed the 1,000-point career mark in her third year with the Lady Eagles under Head Coach Stephanie Findley.
In an interview with Sports Information Director Murray Evans, Findley said of Stanford, “no one deserves it more. She is one of the hardest workers in the conference.”
On top of her latest accomplishment on the court, Stanford is one of four Oklahoma Christian student-athletes to boast All-American honors in two unrelated sports – basketball and track and field.
In the spring of 2015 she gained her first NCCAA All-American honors in track and field after tying the university’s outdoor high jump record, set at 5 feet 8 inches. Her athleticism that spring also earned her All-South Central Region honors.
Moon stood alongside Stanford as another Oklahoma-native to set a school-first in DII recognition.
The Conference Commissioners Association named 20 players across the nation on its DII All-American list and Moon earned a spot on the honorable mention list. He is Oklahoma Christian’s first men’s basketball NCAA DII All-American selection.
To compliment the recent honorable mention, Moon’s athletic résumé shows a string of successes and honors including the College Sports Information Directors of America’s Academic All-American first-team list, first-team All-South Central Region selection and OklahomaSports.net dubbed him the player of the year out of Oklahoma’s 12 DII schools.
Former Men’s Basketball Head Coach Dan Hays said he was pleased and excited for the standout player to make the All-American list in an interview with Evans.
“It is very hard to receive this honor at the NCAA Division II level,” Hays said. “John had an outstanding season and he earned this award with his hard work and strong performance.”
In the 2015-16 season Moon stood as No. 1 in the Heartland Conference in scoring (23.9 points per game), rebounding (9.1 per game) and blocked shots (2.5 per game). He set conference records in highest single-season field goals (257), blocked shots per career (164), single-game points (50), field-goal percentage (20-of-20) and overall field goals.
Both juniors look to return as senior leaders on the court in the 2016-17 season.