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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 in the past five seasons under coach John Meeks.
Wallace State put together an impressive campaign in 2015-16, finishing as the ACCC regular season champions for the second time in three seasons 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 featured a balanced scoring attack in 2015-16 with six players averaging at least seven points per game.
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-pointer’s. Barham, a transfer from Eastern Florida State College, was also an ACCC North Division 1st-team member.
Sophomores Derylton Hill and Immanuel King controlled the lane for the Lions. Hill, a transfer from Potomac State, averaged 11.3 points and 6.4 rebounds, while King, a North Carolina native, scored 8.9 points per game and grabbed a team-high 7.9 rebounds. Both forwards were ACCC North Division 2nd-team members.
Sophomore point guard Xavier Mills dished out a team-best 137 assists and added 39 steals, while scoring eight points per game. Kylen Butler added 7.7 points per game and 38 steals. Mills and Butler were both named to the ACCC All-Tournament team in early March.
Darren Williams and Tyrell Clary also made significant sophomore contributions off the bench.
After six seasons at Wallace State, Meeks has developed into one of the most successful coaches in the conference, compiling a 123-73 record in Hanceville and making five consecutive postseason appearances. The 33-year-old has won two conference/region 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 174-88 career record in eight seasons between his two head coaching stops, was also selected as the 2010 NJCAA District 15 Coach of the Year.Read more...
Meeks’ entire coaching career spans 15 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).
For more information about the Wallace State basketball program, contact Coach John Meeks at 256-352-8365 or at John.Meeks@wallacestate.edu.
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