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Wallace State men’s basketball has established itself as one of the top programs in the Alabama Community College Conference (ACCC) after winning three league titles since 2010, including two under coach John Meeks.
Wallace State basketball has also made six postseason appearances in eight seasons under Meeks.
During the 2017-2018 season, Wallace State featured a brand new roster, including 11 freshmen. The Lions finished with a 15-15 record behind freshmen Demarkus Lampley, Jonathan Andre and Chris Rollins.
Lampley, who wasn’t healthy until December, poured in an average of 18.3 points per game, including surpassing the 20-point plateau in five games. Andre averaged 12.9 points and 6.8 rebounds per game, while Rollins added averages of 9.8 points and 4.6 rebounds.
Sophomores on the team were Dee’Quan Fleming and Trevoris Waugh.
Wallace State’s men’s basketball team made a considerable impact in the classroom, finishing the 2017-2018 academic year as the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I Academic Team of the Year for compiling a collective 3.48 GPA. The Lions were one of 27 programs across the nation to be named an Academic Team of the Year. Geordon Walker, Max Clark, Jerry Lwamba, Mike Johnson, Rollins, Lampley, Andre and Kevin Wharton-Price each received individual recognition for their academic accomplishments.
After eight seasons at Wallace State, Meeks has developed into one of the most successful coaches in the conference, compiling a 151-105 record in Hanceville and making six postseason appearances. The 35-year-old coach has won two ACCC/Region 22 tournament and regular-season championships with the Lions and was named the 2015 ACCC co-North Division Coach of the Year, a season after earning 2014 ACCC Coach of the Year honors.
Before earning the Wallace State helm, Meeks spent two seasons as the head man at Louisburg College in North Carolina, where he went 51-15 and guided the Hurricanes to the NJCAA Division II championship, where they won their first ever national tournament game. Meeks, who has a 202-120 career record in 10 seasons between his two head coaching stops, was also selected as the 2010 NJCAA District 15 Coach of the Year.
During the 2015-16 season, Wallace State put together one of its best campaigns in the Meeks’ era, finishing as the ACCC regular season champions for the second time in three tries and earning a No. 1 seed in the league tournament. The Lions finished with a 26-6 record, including a 13-2 mark at home. Wallace State closed the regular season winning 17 of 20 games.
Wallace State sophomore Marcus Barham was an All-ACCC/Region 22 2nd-team selection after averaging a team-high 11.9 points and draining a team-high 69 3-pointers, and forwards Immanuel King and Derylton Hill were each ACCC North Division 2nd-team members.
Additionally, Xavier Mills and Kylen Butler were ACCC All-Tournament selections that season.Read more...
Meeks’ entire coaching career spans 17 seasons and includes assistant stops at Bluefield College in Virginia and three years at NAIA Lee University (Tenn.). He has coached six NAIA All-Americans, one NJCAA All-American, 12 All-Conference players, five conference MVPs, seven All-Region performers and one defensive player of the year.
During the 2015-16 season, Meeks organized a trip for his team to the Dominican Republic, becoming the first NJCAA team in any sport to compete on foreign soil. The Lions won a pair of games in Santo Domingo, D.R., and also spent time visiting orphanages and distributing items like soaps, shampoos, toothbrushes, uniforms, tennis shoes, T-shirts and candy to children.
Wallace State recorded its most wins under Meeks during the 2013-14 season when the Lions finished 28-7 and won the program’s third conference title. The Lions were paced by the backcourt trio of Jestin Lewis, Lee Moore and Marcus Johnson all season.
Wallace State also won state championships in 2012 and 2010. In 2012, the Lions reeled off four wins in four days as a No. 6 seed at the 2012 ACCC tournament and prevailed in a consolation game at the national tournament. In 2010, the Lions won their first state championship and made their first national tournament appearance in coach Allen Sharpe’s final season in Hanceville, finishing fifth in the country.
Wallace State basketball set school records for wins (32) during the 2009-10 and 2007-08 seasons, was seventh in the preseason rankings by The Sporting News in 2009-10 and has been ranked No. 1 in the nation once (2007-08). The program has also produced two first-team All-Americans in Cory Cooperwood (2006-07, 2007-08) and L.A. Farmer (2009-10).
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John Meeks, Wallace State Men’s Basketball Coach