NEW ORLEANS, LA – Southern University at New Orleans placed three players on the NAIA All-America teams this season, April Perry and Sabrina Scott on the Women’s team and Clyde Moore for the Men, but there were some notable snubs as well.
April Perry, a senior guard from Long Beach, CA earned Second Team honors after leading Division I in scoring with an average of 21.92 points per game. Perry scored at least 20 points in 15 of the Lady Knights’ 24 games this season in leading SUNO to a 19-5 record, the GCAC Tournament championship and an appearance in the NAIA Women’s Division I Basketball Championship. She also averaged nearly 5 assists per game.
Junior Sabrina Scott appeared in just 16 games and started only eight contests, but had a big impact on the Lady Knights’ season. In those 8 starts, the 6’4” center from Tacoma, WA recorded three triple doubles, leading the nation in that category. Scott averaged 5.88 blocks per game and finished 3rd nationally in total blocked shots with 94. For the season, she collected four games of at least 10 blocks including a GCAC single game record of 15.
Senior Clyde Moore earned All-America recognition after averaging 15 points and nearly 7 rebounds per game. The 6’4” forward from Jackson, MS has been one of the most efficient scorers in the nation during his SUNO career, shooting better than 58 percent from the field for the Knights over two seasons.
Athletic Director and Head Women’s Basketball Coach Elston King was proud of the players who were recognized, but disappointed as well. “First, I have to just congratulate Sabrina and Clyde for being named All-Americans. They both had great seasons. But I can’t help but be frustrated by a couple of things. First, for April to have led the nation in scoring and to have helped lead this program to the NAIA tournament for the first time in thirteen years and end up on the second team is just wrong. She earned the right to be on the first team. Secondly, for (Senior guard) JaNee Morton to put up the numbers that she did (16 points and 8 rebounds), and to be the type of competitor and leader that she is and to not even earn Honorable Mention recognition, I think is another tremendous mistake by the voters. As far as I’m concerned, she’s an All-American and I know the teams she played against this season would say the same. That being said, none of these players did what they did for individual accolades and they know how much they’re respected by their teammates and coaches. Each one of them, especially the seniors will be remembered here for a long time.”