Tech’s England takes home All-American mention

Tech’s England takes home All-American mention
Montana Tech's Taylor England goes up for a bucket in Tech's Oct. 20 season-opening win over Yellowstone Christian College. (Butte Sports file photo)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Montana Tech’s Taylor England was selected to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Men’s Basketball All-America team, which was announced today.

England was an Honorable Mention on the NAIA’s All-America Team.

England, a 6-foot-7 sophomore, was selected as a Second Team All-Conference performer. The Helena native led the Frontier Conference with 10 double-doubles, including four straight to end the season.

England also led the Frontier Conference in Field Goal Percentage (59.9 percent), Total Rebounds (256), Blocks (1.25 BPG), and was third in Steals (54) while averaging a team-best 15.3 points and scoring in double figures in 28 of Montana Tech’s 32 games.

The Orediggers finished the season with a 17-15 overall record and a 6-12 conference record. Montana Tech’s six Frontier Conference victories was the most for the program since the 2014-15 season. The Diggers also won their first postseason game since the 1998-99 season when they defeated Rocky Mountain College 70-59 in Billings in the first round of the Frontier Conference Playoffs.

Carroll College, which advanced to Tuesday’s national title game before losing to Georgetown (Kentucky), placed three players on the team. Senior Match Burnham earned a spot on the first team, while senior Matt Wyman made the third team.

Carroll senior Ife Kalejaiye and junior Dane Warp received an honorable mention.

Lewis-Clark State’s Dana Abe took home a second-team nod.

Jeff Garrett of LSU Shreveport was named the NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Player of the Year. Shreveport coach Chris Briggs was named the NAIA Coach of the Year.

Click here to see all the NAIA All-American players.

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