NABC NAMES HUTCH’S RHYMES 1ST-TEAM ALL-AMERICAN

J.J. Rhymes was named first-team All-American by the NABC on Friday. (Joel Powers/Blue Dragon Sports Information)
J.J. Rhymes was named first-team All-American by the NABC on Friday. (Joel Powers/Blue Dragon Sports Information)
2018 NABC All-Americans

2018 NABC All-Americans - NJCAA Division I

Player School Yr. Position
Andres Feliz Northwest Florida State So. Guard
L.J. Figueroa Odessa Fr. Guard
Rashawn Fredericks Motlow State So. Forward
Shane Gatling Indian Hills So. Guard
Charles Jones, Jr. Southern Idaho So. Guard
Wendell Mitchell Trinity Valley So. Guard
Tremell Murphy Florida Southwestern State So. Forward
J.J. Rhymes Hutchinson So. Guard
Isaiah Tisdale Vincennes So. Guard
Ricky Torres Missouri State-West Plains So. Guard

Hutchinson CC Sports Information

Hutchinson Community College men's basketball sophomore J. J. Rhymes added to his 2018 postseason awards list with another All-America award.

Rhymes was named a first-team NJCAA Division I All-American by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) on Friday. Earlier this week, Rhymes was named a first-team NJCAA All-American.

In helping the Blue Dragons reach the NJCAA National Tournament for the fourth-straight time in program history, Rhymes had a tremendous season that was recognized at all levels this season.

So far this season, Rhymes has been named:
+ 1st Team NJCAA All-American
+ 1st Team NABC All-American
+ Jayhawk Conference Player of the Year
+ Region VI Player of the Year

Rhymes is the second-straight Blue Dragon to earn NABC All-America honors. Shakur Juiston was an All-American last season. Rhymes is the fifth Blue Dragon to be recognized by the NABC. Darius Johnson-Odom was a first-team pick in 2009; Kadeem Allen was a two-time first-team All-American in 2014 and 2014 and Juiston last season. Allen (2014) and Juiston were named NABC National Junior College Players of the Year.

The 6-foot-3 guard from Phoenix avearge19.6 points per game to lead the conference.

He had a career-high 41 points on December 6 in an 82-80 victory at Butler where the Blue Dragons completed the largest comeback in program history, rallying from 26 points down to win with Rhymes hitting the game-winning shot at the buzzer with a 3-pointer.

Rhymes became the 11th Blue Dragon in history to score 700 points in a season with 704 total points. Rhymes also joined the Blue Dragon career Top 10 scoring list, finishing with 1,295 points.

Rhymes shot 47.0 percent overall, hitting 29.7 percent from 3-point range and 72.7 percent from the foul line. Rhymes also averaged 4.0 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game.

Rhymes finished his career third in career free throws with 370 and fourth on the single-season list with 197 free throws. His 215 career assists ranked 13th on Hutch's career chart.

Rhymes had one career double-double with 26 points and 10 rebounds against Pratt on November 18. In addition to his 41-point game against Butler, Rhymes had six games of 30 or more points and 18 games of 20-plus points. He led the team in scoring in 22 of 36 games played this season.

Rhymes is the only Jayhawk Conference player to be named on the NABC All-America list.