Darius Sharpe, a senior from Jacksonville, Florida, was the lone Warrior to be placed on an NCCAA All South Region First team this season. An offensive anchor for the Warriors, Sharpe averaged 21.1 points per game during the 2016-2017 season. He posted a 41.2 field goal percentage and was 37.3% at the three point line. Sharpe was 114-142 at the free throw line to give him a total of 590 points for the Warriors in his senior season. He has scored 20 or more points in 17 out of the 28 games the Warriors played this season, including a season-high 39 points against Pfeiffer on January 24. The senior went on to make 109 rebounds, 44 assists and 29 steals in his final season for Southern Wesleyan.
"Darius has the ability to play oversees at the next level. He is very competitive takes pride is his skill development. Darius could have easily been the region player of the year. He was a consistent performer for us all year. He brings several intangibles to the guard position and he is a great defender. It's been great coaching him and seeing him become the person he is today," said Head Men's Basketball Coach Charles Wimphrie on Sharpe's inclusion on the NCCAA All South Region First Team.
Justice McCullough, a sophomore from Darlington, S.C., was named to the second team in the NCCAA. Starting in all 27 games that he played, McCullough posted a 50.2 field goal percentage and went 60 for 100 at the free throw line. The sophomore scored 322 points for the Warriors averaging 11.9 points per game. McCullough scored his season high 28 points on January 28 against the Barton Bulldogs in Conference Carolinas action. A strong defensive player, McCullough had a season high of 21 rebounds in the game versus Pfeiffer on January 24. He posted 300 rebounds over the season for an average of 11.1 rebounds per game. McCullough also had 27 assists, 10 steals and 17 blocks during the 2016-2017 season.
"I am extremely proud of Justice for this honor," said Wimphrie on McCullough's season for the Warriors. "He came on strong midway through the season posting multiple double-double performances. Though he is only a sophomore, he is one of the best, if not the best rebounder in the southeast. He can get to the ball faster than anyone I've coach. I anticipate big numbers for Justice over the next two years."