PHOENIX – The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and the NCAA® Division I Men’s Basketball Committee are pleased to announce the rosters and coaches for the 2017 Reese’s® Division I College All-Star Game to be played on Reese’s Final Four Friday®, March 31, at 3:35 p.m. at University of Phoenix Stadium in Phoenix. Reese’s brand is the official candy partner of the NCAA. The game will be televised on CBS Sports Network.
The rosters are composed of 21 of the nation’s outstanding seniors in NCAA Division I with Georgia Tech head coach Josh Pastner heading the East All-Stars and University of Colorado head coach Tad Boyle heading the West All-Stars.
2017 Reese’s NABC Division I All-Stars – East
Name, Position HT., WT., College/University, Hometown
Evan Bradds, F, 6-7, 205, Belmont, Jamestown, Ohio
Troy Caupain, G, 6-4, 210, Cincinnati, Midlothian, Va.
Tyler Cavanaugh, F, 6-9, 243, George Washington, Syracuse, N.Y.
J.J. Frazier, G, 5-10, 155, Georgia, Glenville, Va.
Jack Gibbs, G, 6-0, 195, Davidson, Westerville, Ohio
Tim Kempton, C, 6-10, 245, Lehigh, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Moses Kingsley, F, 6-10, 230, Arkansas, Ebuja, Nigeria
London Perrantes, G. 6-2, 197, Virginia, Los Angeles, Calif.
Reggie Upshaw, F, 6-8, 228, Middle Tennessee, Chattanooga, Tenn.
Steve Vasturia, G, 6-6, 212, Notre Dame, Medford, N.J.
Head Coach: Josh Pastner (Georgia Tech)
2017 Reese’s NABC Division I All-Stars – West
No., Name, Position HT., WT., College/University, Hometown
Bryce Alford, G, 6-3, 185, UCLA, Albuquerque, N.M.
Sterling Brown, G, 6-6, 230, SMU, Maywood, Ill.
Deonte Burton, G, 6-5, 250, Iowa State, Milwaukee, Wis.
Josh Hawkinson, C, 6-10, 230, Washington State, Shoreline, Wash.
Paris Lee, G, 6-0, 185, Illinois State, Maywood, Ill.
Ben Moore, F, 6-8, 220, SMU, Bolingbrook, Ill.
Luke Nelson, G, 6-3, 190, UC Irvine, Worthy, England
DeWayne Russell, G, 5-11, 155, Grand Canyon, Peoria, Ariz.
Rashawn Thomas, F, 6-8, 230, Texas A&M CC, Oklahoma City, Okla.
Derek Willis, F, 6-9, 228, Kentucky, Mt. Washington, Ky.
Head Coach: Tad Boyle (University of Colorado)
ABOUT THE COACHES
Josh Pastner, East All-Stars
After guiding Memphis to five post-season berths in seven seasons as the Tigers' head coach, Pastner had early success this season, his first at Georgia Tech, leading the Yellow Jackets to a berth in the NIT.
The 39-year old Pastner compiled a 167-73 record at Memphis, where the Tigers earned bids to the NCAA Tournament four times. He is tied for the 10th most wins for a head coach in his first seven seasons in Division I basketball history, and is the second winningest active coach under the age of 40 in NCAA Division I.
Despite his young age, Pastner has been involved in basketball at the Division I level for 20 years, as a player and an assistant coach at Arizona, and as an assistant coach and the head coach at Memphis. He has been a part of teams that have played in 17 NCAA Tournaments and 18 total post-season events. Teams he has been involved with have won 12 conference tournament or regular-season championships, advanced to seven Sweet Sixteens, five Elite Eights, two Final Fours and two NCAA championship games.
He guided Memphis to five post-season berths, the NIT in 2010 and the NCAA Tournament in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. He became one of three head coaches in Tigers’ history to earn postseason berths in five of his first seven seasons (Larry Finch, John Calipari are the others), one of two to lead the program to four NCAA Tournaments in his first seven seasons (Dana Kirk is the other) and one of three head coaches in program history to lead the Tigers to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances (2011-14; joins Dana Kirk 1982-85, John Calipari 2006-09).
Pastner twice won Conference USA Coach of the Year honors (2010, 2013) from various organizations and news media. Known as a tireless recruiter, he was named the country's No. 7 high-major recruiter by FoxSports.com following the 2007-08 season, and has signed five straight nationally-ranked recruiting classes, including the nation's No. 1 class in 2010 and No. 2 class in 2013.
Tad Boyle, West All-Stars
In six years, Boyle has accomplished what only a select few have done before him in the annals of the University of Colorado men’s basketball program. And yet Boyle continues to rewrite and lead the Buffaloes to greater heights not seen in half a century.
Having just completed his seventh year at CU, Boyle’s Buffaloes have a 149-95 won-lost record. He owns five of Colorado’s nine all-time seasons of 20-plus wins. Boyle is the first CU coach to lead the Buffaloes to six consecutive postseason appearances and the first to guide the program to three consecutive NCAA Tournaments. His record at the Coors Events Center is stellar, leading the Buffaloes to an 88-15 mark at home (.854) over the last six seasons. He is the first CU coach to win 20 games in each of his first four years.
Prior to his arrival to Boulder, Boyle resurrected the basketball program at the University of Northern Colorado, where he guided the Bears for four seasons, including a breakout season in 2009-10, when the Bears were 25-8 (.758) and finished second in the Big Sky Conference. For his efforts, he was awarded the NABC Division I All-District Coach of the Year, the Big Sky Coach of the Year by both The Sporting News and CollegeInsider.com, where he was also named a finalist for the National Mid-Major Coach of the Year award.
Having just completed his 11th overall season as a collegiate head coach, Boyle has a record of 205-160.
About the National Association of Basketball Coaches
Located in Kansas City, Missouri, the NABC was founded in 1927 by Forrest “Phog” Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as Guardians of the Game. The NABC currently has nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men’s basketball coaches. All members of the NABC are expected to uphold the core values of being a Guardian of the Game by bringing attention to the positive aspects of the sport of basketball and the role coaches play in the academic and athletic lives of today’s student-athletes. The four core values of being a Guardian of the Game are advocacy, leadership, service and education. Additional information about the NABC, its programs and membership, can be found at www.nabc.org.
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