March 23, 2017
Santa Clarita, Calif. -- After leading The Master's University men's basketball team to a remarkable turnaround that featured a 27-5 finish, a GSAC Tournament championship, and a return to the NAIA National Tournament for the first time in 17 years, senior Reid Shackelford and junior Lawrence Russell have been named to the NAIA Division I Men's Basketball All-American squad.
Shackelford, a second-team choice and an All-GSAC selection, led the Mustangs in scoring (17ppg), three-pointers (101), three-point field goal percentage (39.3%), free throws made (114) and free throw percentage (85.7%). The sharpshooter drained a school-record 10 three-pointers en route to a career-high 51 points vs. Embry-Riddle (AZ) on November 11, 2016. His 101 treys represented the fourth-highest single-season mark in program history and his free throw percentage is the 10th-best single-season mark in school history. He finished his career with 1523 points, 267 three-pointers (No. 3 all-time), and a 85.9% free throw percentage (No. 2 all-time).
Russell was an honorable mention pick after earning All-GSAC honors and being named the conference's defensive player of the year following a season in which he consistently put up strong lines. Arguably, the club's top all-around performer, he averaged 15ppg and paced the club in minutes played (nearly 36mpg), rebounding (7.8rpg), and steals (1.9spg). He scored a season-high 24 points against Vanguard on February 25 and pulled down a season-best 15 rebounds vs. Arizona Christian in a GSAC Tournament game on March 3.
The multiple All-American selections are the first since the 1999-2000 campaign when Joey Penberthy and Joclin Julmist earned first-team and honorable mention accolades, respectively.
To see a complete list of 2016-17 NAIA Men's Basketball All-Americans, click here.