NJCAA lauds several MCC Wolves basketball players

Hard work and dedication has paid off for Metropolitan Community College basketball players, who have been honored for their efforts on the court.

Two Wolves received national All-American honors.

Octavia Lowery was named Second Team All-American for National Junior College Athletic Association Division II. Lowery also won First Team honors as part of the NJCAA Region XVI, Division II Women’s All-Region Team. She is Region XVI, Division II’s Women’s Player of the Year.

Lowery helped lead the MCC women’s basketball team to a spot in the national championship tournament. The sophomore guard started 27 of the 28 games she played this season. She averaged 18 points and nearly five rebounds per game.

Matthew Austin was honored as a men’s Second Team All-American for NJCAA Division II. Austin also received First Team honors as part of the men’s Region XVI, Division II All-Region Team and was named the region’s Men’s Player of the Year.

He’s a sophomore guard who started 17 of the 22 games he played. Austin averaged 22 points and over three rebounds per game.

Other members of the MCC men’s and women’s basketball teams received regional honors as well:

  • Kaylee Vantrump and Kassidy Snowden are also First Team members of the women’s Region XVI, Division II All-Region Team.
  • Tya Bell was named to the region’s Second Team.
  • On the men’s team, Travis Carson and Isaiah Burton were named to the Region XVI, Division II All-Region Team as First Team members.
  • Dominic Fragola and Darious Gault received Second Team honors.

MCC women’s interim head basketball coach Marcus Harvey was also honored as Region XVI’s Coach of the Year.