NEWPORT NEWS — University of Virginia’s College at Wise (UVa-Wise) redshirt freshman Briggs Parris, a former Class 6 All-State prep player at Franklin County, has earned second team College Division All-State laurels for the 2018-2019 men’s basketball season by a vote of the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID).
The selections were announced Wednesday.
Players who compete for NCAA Division II, Division III, NAIA and independent schools are eligible for nomination.
Parris, who hails from Boones Mill, was the Highland Cavaliers’ top 3-point shooter and ranked as one of the best long-distance marksmen in Division II during the recently completed campaign.
Parris, who earned second-team honors in the Mountain East Conference (MEC), averaged 16 points a game and converted 44.4 percent of his shots from the field, 41 percent from the 3-point arc and 79.1 percent from the free-throw line.
Parris’ 3.52 3-point field goals-per-game average ranked second in the MEC and seventh in NCAA Division II. He swished 102 3-pointers and that total placed him second in the league and 14th nationally.
Parris netted a career-best 31 points in his first collegiate game, a victory over Livingstone (North Carolina) College and in that contest, he tied UVa-Wise’s single-game program standard for 3-point field goals made with nine.
Parris completed his rookie campaign with 465 points and 70 rebounds. He logged an average of 29.7 minutes-per-game.
Parris was the lone non-Division III player honored.
Besides UVa-Wise, other schools represented on the first and second teams are Randolph-Macon College, Christopher Newport University, University of Mary Washington, Roanoke College, Washington and Lee University, Emory & Henry College and the University of Lynchburg.
Claiming top individual accolades are Buzz Anthony of Randolph-Macon (Player of the Year), Greg Rowson of Mary Washington (Rookie of the Year) and John Krikorian of Christopher Newport.
Joining Anthony, the Old Dominion Athletic Conference’s (ODAC) Player of the Year on the first team are Marcus Carter of Christopher Newport, Josh Freund of Roanoke College, Roy McMillan of Washington and Lee and Daniel Spencer of Emory & Henry.
Joining Parris and Rowson on the second team are Jason Aigner of Christopher Newport, Johnny Cronin of Mary Washington and Austin Wrighten of Lynchburg.
Anthony led the Yellow Jackets to a 27-4 record, a 15-1 mark in the ODAC, the league’s regular-season championship, a runner-up showing in the conference’s postseason tournament and a berth in the Sweet 16 of the Division III tournament.
Rowson ranked fourth in the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) in scoring with a 16.2 average. He shot 40 percent from the 3-point arc and nearly 84 percent from the free-throw line. Mary Washington finished the season with an 18-9 record.
Krikorian has been voted Coach of the Year each of the past four seasons by VaSID and by the CAC. He led the Captains to the Division III Final Four for the second time in the last four years.
Christopher Newport finished the season ranked No. 3 nationally with a 29-4 record and an 18-0 mark at the Freeman Center, its on-campus home arena.