KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Xavielle Brown made Park University men's basketball history, Thursday, as a three-time NAIA Division I All-American, the first since Jon Meriweather in 2009, after landing on the NAIA's first team. BJ Watson was also a part of the team, earning an honorable mention spot on the NAIA Division I Men's Basketball All-America Team, released by NAIA officials in Kansas City.
Brown was the American Midwest Conference Player of the Year for a second-straight season, averaging 21 points per game, seventh-best in NAIA Division I Men's Basketball and best in the AMC. He also became Park's third member of the 2,000-point club with a career-best 41 in an AMC Quarterfinal win over Lyon College.
A Fort Wayne, Indiana, product, Brown also rose on the blocked shots chart, through the year, averaging a block per game, 33rd in the NAIA, while his 3-point field-goal percentage was 23rd and his 6.9 rebounds per game ranked 47th.
Brown missed the Pirates' first six games, and in his absence, Watson was a menace to opposing defenses, ending the season averaging 15.6 points per game to earn a spot as a First-Team All-AMC guard. Watson ended the year with 121 assists, but his defense shined, as well, averaging nearly two steals per game and coming up with 55, in all, both top 25 totals in the NAIA.
Watson, from Kansas City, Kansas, was Park's deep threat in 2016-17, tripling almost three times per game, making 78 threes, in all while also averaging 4.2 assists per game.
"Xavielle and BJ were our leaders this year," said Park coach Jason Kline. "They were both extremely vocal leaders, and they also led by example. You don't replace guys like that, and we'll miss them. The way they carried themselves had a lot to do with us getting to the national tournament, and it hurt to watch those two guys end their careers. But they walked away with their heads held high, because their years here at Park were extremely memorable. We'll miss them in our locker room and on the floor."
Brown and Watson led Park to a 21-8 record, a 17-5 mark in the AMC, finishing second in the league, and a second-straight appearance in the Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship.