Parker, Shyne recognized as NAIA All-Americans
March 21, 2012
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced the 2011 - 12 Division I Men's Basketball All-America Teams on Wednesday. The selections are made by the NAIA Men's Basketball Coaches' Association All-America Committee and comprises a First, Second, Third and Honorable Mention Team. There are 10 members on each of the first three All-America teams. LSU Shreveport's Derrick Parker was selected to the 2nd Team while Greg Shyne was honored as an honorable mention.
The Minden, Louisiana natives, Parker and Shyne, turned in another outstanding season as they helped lead the Pilots to their 7th consecutive Conference Tournament Championship, their 8th consecutive trip to the Buffalo Funds-NAIA National Tournament in Kansas City, and their first-ever appearance in the quarter finals of the post season party.
Parker, the 6-6 senior forward, highlighted his NAIA All-American campaign averaging a double-double scoring 19.2 points per game and pulling down 11.5 rebounds per game. He scored double figures in all but one contest this season and totaled his point to more than 20 on 17 occasions. The second teamer turned in an impressive 24 double-doubles. Parker's scored his season-high of 31 points on November 30, 2011, against nationally ranked, Our Lady of the Lake University and pulled down his season high of 21 boards on November 5, 2011, against the University of Science and Arts.
Shyne, an honorable mention selection, led the Pilots in scoring averaging 20.6 points per contest while pulling down 4.1 rebounds per game. The 6-0 guard scored double figures in all but two games this season leading the Pilots to another magical season. The high flying Minden native had one of his best games of his career in Kansas City lighting up the scoreboard for the season-high of 32 points getting the Pilots past Southern Poly and into the Quarter Finals for the first time in school history.
These two seniors will always be remembered and never forgotten at LSUS and the NAIA. Fans coming to the Dock on any given night knew they could count on D.P. collecting a double-double and was sure to see high-flying Shyne jump over defenders for another slam dunk or drain a few from downtown. In addition to their amazing play, they will also be remembered for their unselfish play as neither cared if they scored a lot just as long as the Pilots brought home another win.