CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina men's and women’s basketball juniors Haboubacar Mutombo and Sherae Bonner have been named to The North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) University Division All-State Men's and Women’s Basketball Second Teams, respectively, the association announced Tuesday afternoon.
Nominees were submitted by North Carolina sports information professionals. NCCSIA members voted for the all-state teams. Teams are selected for men and women in both the college and university (NCAA Division I) divisions. Seven different North Carolina institutions are represented on this year's men’s teams while six different institutions contributed to the women’s teams.
Mutombo, who averaged 11.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per game this past season, led the Catamounts in scoring while ranking second in rebounding. The Pickering, Ontario, native, paced the Catamounts in scoring 12 times this past season including pouring in a career-high 25 points in the Southern Conference Tournament against The Citadel. He ranks 21st in the SoCon in scoring and 16th in rebounding. He appeared in 31 of WCU’s 32 games after missing the season opener at Miami (Fla.). He started every single game in which he appeared and scored in double-figures 20 times during the year.
Bonner, a junior forward from Whitesburg, Ga., was an All-Southern Conference Third Team selection for the 2016-17 season. She played in 28 games and started 22 scoring in double figures 14 times and ripped down double figure rebounds 13 times. She logged nine double-doubles and led the team in scoring 10 times. She ranked second on the team in scoring average at 10.1 points per game – which was a season-high. Bonner scored a career-high 282 points during the season and went over 600 rebounds in her career ending the season with 655 ranking her 12th in the WCU record books. She is also ranked in the Catamount record books for blocks with a tally of 103, ranking her third. Her seasonal total of 41 blocks led the team and ranked second in the SoCon.
Founded in 2002, The North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) is comprised of sports information professionals from NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA and independent institutions from the state of North Carolina. The purpose of the organization is to promote collegiate athletics at all schools. Membership is open to anyone affiliated with a college, university or conference located in North Carolina, and whose area of responsibility lies within sports information.
NCCSSIA selects all-state teams in the University (Division I) and College (Division II, III, NAIA) divisions for men's and women's basketball, men's and women's soccer, volleyball, softball, and baseball.