(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) Park University junior forward Melvin Rowe became the eighth NAIA All-American in head men's basketball coach Jason Kline's eight seasons at Park, keeping alive a seven-year streak of at least one honoree after helping the Pirates to a 21-9 seas in 2012-13 and a second-place finish in the American Midwest Conference.
Rowe averaged 10.4 points and 7.9 rebounds per game in his first season after transferring from Waubonsee Community College in Illinois. The Chicago native had 10 points in the Pirates' AMC tournament championship loss to No. 1 Columbia, and he finished the season with three double-doubles, including a career-best 21-point, 10-rebound performance on Feb. 16 at home against Hannibal-LaGrange.
Rowe helped Park win 13 of its final 15 games, with both losses in the 15-game stretch to top-ranked Columbia, which entered the NAIA tournament as college basketball's only undefeated team before bowing out in the NAIA quarterfinals to LSU-Shreveport.
"Melvin was physical and consistent for us," said Park head coach Jason Kline. "Even on nights he wasn't scoring, he was physical inside and helped us win the rebounding battle. He is also the kind of defender that makes our program successful and was a huge part of us getting to 20 wins."
Park's 20-win season marked the school's third in four years, and the fifth season in school history with 20 or more victories. The Pirates were 13-3 in the American Midwest Conference, finishing second, and Park defeated Harris-Stowe State University and Missouri Baptist University in the AMC tournament to advance to the championship round.
The Pirates will begin the 2013-14 season in November, and information on newcomers, scheduling, and other student-athlete news will be posted throughout the spring and summer at www.parkathletics.com.