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Providence's Darko-Kelly headlines NAIA all-Americans from Frontier Conference

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Posted at 4:25 PM, Mar 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-25 20:06:11-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo.  — University of Providence guard Zaccheus Darko-Kelly was named an NAIA first-team all-American on Thursday, one of six Frontier Conference men's basketball players to receive recognition.

Carroll College forward Jovan Sljivancanin was a second-team selection after being an honorable mention choice last year. Four other Frontier players were honorable mentions this year: Carroll guard Shamrock Campbell, Montana Tech guard Sindou Diallo, Montana Western forward Jalen Hodges and Providence guard Marcus Stephens.

It was the second year in a row as a first-team selection for Darko-Kelly, a Great Falls native. He also won his second straight Frontier Conference player of the year award earlier in March. Darko-Kelly led Providence in every statistical category for the second straight season, guiding UP to a 17-3 record and a Frontier Conference championship, the program's first since 1984.

He averaged 18.4 points, 9.4 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.3 blocks while shooting 46.8% from the field, 32.3% from 3-point ragne and 90.5% from the free throw line. He is also ranked sixth nationally in free throw percentage, 10th in rebounds per game and 16th in assists per game.

Sljivancanin finished the season averaging 17.4 points and 8.9 rebounds per game for Carroll. His Saint teammate Campbell averaged 14.3 points and 3.1 assists per game.

Diallo averaged 19.6 points per game for Tech, while Hodges averaged 18.1 points and 4.7 rebounds per game for Western. Stephens, a junior college transfer, averaged 15.1 points and 4.1 rebounds in his first year at Providence.

The full list of 2020-2021 NAIA men's basketball all-Americans can be found below.

FIRST TEAM

NameSchoolPositionClassHometown
TreVion Crews ^Bethel (Ind.)GSr.Fort Wayne, Ind.
Jaylon ScottBethel (Kan.)GJr.Allen, Texas
Kyle Mangas^Indiana WesleyanGSr.Warsaw, Ind.
Mason WaltersJamestown (N.D.)FSo.Jamestown, N.D.
Damek Mitchell %Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)GSr.Bellingham, Wash.
Kadavion Evans *LSU Shreveport (La.)GSr.Shreveport, La.
Zaccheus Darko-Kelly ^Providence (Mont.)GSr.Great Falls, Mont.
Joshua KashilaSAGU (Texas)GSr.Euless, Texas
EJ Onu *Shawnee State (Ohio)FSr.Cleveland, Ohio
Markelle TurnerUnion (Ky.)GSo.Barbourville, Ky.
Kevion Blaylock %William Penn (Iowa)FSr.Houston, Texas
Rayshawn Mart *Xavier (La.)GSr.Houma, La.

SECOND TEAM

NameSchoolPositionClassHometown
De'Ron Kyle *Arizona ChristianGSr.Phoenix, Ariz.
Jaiden Bristol *Benedictine (Kan.)GSr.St. Joseph, Mo.
Jovan Sljivancanin *Carroll (Mont.)FJr.Belgrade, Serbia
Tony BurksColumbia (Mo.)GJr.St. Louis, Mo.
Tevin Olison &Cumberlands (Ky.)GSr.Memphis, Tenn.
C.J. Williamson %Faulkner (Ala.)GJr.Guntersville, Ala.
Zach Wrightsil *Loyola (La.)GJr.Prosper, Texas
Cameron Wolter %Marian (Ind.)CSr.Fishers, Ind.
Trey BrownMorningside (Iowa)CSr.Gretna, Neb.
Alex Gross *Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)CJr.Hope, Ind.
Cameron HinesScience & Arts (Okla.)GSr.Fort Cobb, Okla.
James JonesShawnee State (Ohio)GSr.Chicago, Ill.

THIRD TEAM

NameSchoolPositionClassHometown
CoreVon LottKeiser (Fla.)GJr.Gary, Ind.
Trystan Bradley *Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)FSr.Lewiston, Idaho
Leondre WashingtonLSU Shreveport (La.)GSr.Newark, N.J.
Terrance Jones *Mid-America Christian (Okla.)GSr.Dallas, Texas
Dennis McKinney *Mount Mercy (Iowa)FSr.Chicago, Ill.
Alex Van KalsbeekNorthwestern (Iowa)CFr.Orange City, Iowa
Brooks Haddock *Oklahoma WesleyanGJr.Muskogee, Okla.
Jaquan DanielsOttawa (Kan.)GSr.Columbus, Ga.
Joel PoliusSAGU (Texas)FSr.Castries, St Lucia
Antwaan Cushingberry *Saint Franics (Ind.)PGJr.Indianapolis, Ind.
John KerrSt. Ambrose (Iowa)CSr.Lake Villa, Ill.
Trey PettyStillman (Ala.)GSr.Huntsville, Ala.

^ 2020 1st Team AA
& 2020 2nd Team AA
% 2020 3rd Team AA
* 2020 Honorable Mention

HONORABLE MENTIONS

NameSchoolPositionClassHometown
Angelo JohnsonArizona ChristianGJr.Melbourne, Fla.
Maurice WaltonBenedictine-Mesa (Ariz.)FSr.San Fernando Valley, Cailf.
Shamrock CampbellCarroll (Mont.)PGJr.Spokane, Wash.
Kelvin RobinsonCentral Baptist (Ark.)GSr.Little Rock, Ark.
Tederick WolfeCentral Baptist (Ark.)FSr.DeWitt, Ark.
Malik AmosDillard (La.)GSr.Missouri City, Texas
Jordan HamletteFaulkner (Ala.)PGSo.Lynchburg, Va.
Kortland MartinFreed-Hardeman (Tenn.)GSr.Humboldt, Tenn.
Davonte PackFriends (Kan.)GJr.Sumter, S.C.
Kyran JonesGeorgetown (Ky.)FSo.Bowling Green, Ky.
Jordan GainesHoly Cross (Ind.)GSr.Cincinnati, Ohio
Seth MaxwellIndiana WesleyanCJr.Clark Summit, Pa.
Densier CarnesJohn Brown (Ark.)FSr.Atlanta, Ga.
Myles BurnsLoyola (La.)GJr.Houston, Texas
Rodney MunsonLSU Alexandria (La.)GFr.New Orleans, La.
Jakemin AbneyLSU Alexandria (La.)GFr.Simsboro, La.
Henry SpeightMadonna (Mich.)FSr.Saginaw, Mich.
Latrelle FranklinMayville State (N.D.)PGSr.Temecula, Calif.
RJ KellyMobile (Ala.)FSr.Powder Springs, Ga.
Sindou DialloMontana TechGSr.Tacoma, Wash.
Jalen HodgesMontana WesternFSr.Duluth, Ga.
Zach ImigMorningside (Iowa)PGSr.Gretna, Neb.
Jevon KnoxMount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio)GSr.Marysville, Ohio
Kaleb StokesOklahoma WesleyanGSo.Tulsa, Okla.
John ContantOlivet Nazarene (Ill.)GSr.Hickory Hills, Ill.
Rodrigue MarthonePark (Mo.)GSr.Harlem, N.Y.
Marcus StephensProvidence (Mont.)GJr.Tacoma, Wash.
Shiloah BlevinsRio Grande (Ohio)FSo.South Webster, Ohio
Virgil Walker JrRochester (Mich.)FSr.Midland, Mich.
Devin MerriweatherStillman (Ala.)GJr.Greene County, Ala.
Darryl BakerTalladega (Ala.)GSr.Jeffersonville, Ind.
Kobe PowellTexas A&M TexarkanaGJr.Memphis, Tenn.
Vydal BradfordTexas WesleyanGSr.Fairfield, Calif.
Reid JollyThomas More (Ky.)FSo.Alexandria, Ky.
Kevin SchrammValley City State (N.D.)FSr.Roseville, Minn.
Isaac DavisVanguard (Calif.)GJr.Valencia, Calif.
Jack MonisViterbo (Wis.)FSo.Oconomowoc, Wis.
Hector RosarioVoorhees (S.C.)GSo.Duluth, Ga.
Rod BogganWarner (Fla.)GSo.Lakeland, Fla.
Devin AventWayland Baptist (Texas)GFr.Fort Worth, Texas
Karmari NewmanWilliam Penn (Iowa)GSr.Detroit, Mich.
Makye RichardXavier (La.)GSr.Morgan City, La.