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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), winning three league titles since 2010, including two under coach John Meeks.
Wallace State basketball has also made seven postseason appearances in nine seasons under Meeks.
Wallace State was the ACCC North Division champion during the 2018-2019 season, finishing with a 24-7 record. The Lions closed the regular season, winning 11 of 12 games, earning them a top seed at the conference tournament. It was the third ACCC North Division championship under Meeks as the team featured a deep sophomore class.
Sophomore Demarkus Lampley was showered with accolades after scoring a conference-best 26.6 points per game and adding six rebounds per game. Lampley was named a NJCAA Division I 1st-team All-American, the 2019 ACCC/Region 22 Player of the Year, the ACCC North Division Player of the Year and was also selected to the All-ACCC North Division and All-Region 22 teams. Lampley, a Phenix City native, shot 42.5 percent from behind the 3-point line and 89.9 percent from the charity stripe. He became the 3rd Wallace State men’s basketball player to earn NJCAA 1st-team status, joining L.A. Farmer (2009-10) and Cory Cooperwood (2006-07, 2007-08).
Sophomore Mike Johnson scored 8.2 points per game for the Lions during the 2018-19 season, while Geordan Walker added 7.6 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. Max Clark led the team with 148 assists.
Rounding out the sophomore class were Chris Rollins, Jalen Hodges and Jerry Lwamba.
Meeks, who was named the 2019 ACCC North Division Coach of the Year, has compiled a 175-112 record at Wallace State in nine seasons, making seven postseason appearances. The 36-year-old coach has won two ACCC/Region 22 tournaments and three regular-season championships with the Lions and was also named the 2015 ACCC co-North Division Coach of the Year, a season after earning 2014 ACCC Coach of the Year honors. He’s the second-longest tenured coach in the North Division.
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 226-127 career record in 11 seasons between his two head coaching stops, was also selected as the 2010 NJCAA District 15 Coach of the Year.
Prior to this past season, 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.
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.Read more...
Meeks’ entire coaching career spans 18 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, two NJCAA All-Americans, 13 All-Conference players, five conference MVPs, eight 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 conference 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 league title 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 three 1st-team All-Americans in Cooperwood (2006-07, 2007-08) and Farmer (2009-10) and Lampley.
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