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Pima basketball's James named NJCAA Player of the Year

Pima Community College men’s basketball highlight Deion James (Empire HS) received a prestigious award from the NJCAA on Thursday.

James, a sophomore forward, was named the 2017 Spalding NJCAA Division II Player of the Year.

James was selected first-team NJCAA All-American last week and was the ACCAC Co-Player of the Year. He was also named to the NJCAA Division II All-Tournament team and was the Region I, Division II tournament game MVP. He led the ACCAC in points (20.6) and rebounds (9.6) as well as tallying 20-double-doubles on the season.

The Aztecs won 22 games this season; the most since 1989-90 and won 13 ACCAC conference games which was the most since the 2000-01 season. They captured their first Region I, Division II championship since 2010 and were second in the NJCAA in scoring at 99.5 points per game.

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Sophomore Deion James (Empire HS) was selected the 2017 Spalding NJCAA Division II Player of the Year. He was named an NJCAA Division II All-American last week. He is undecided on his four-year school.