David Wood Honored as NCCAA All-American Selection Following Stellar Senior Season
March 29, 2011
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
GREENVILLE, S.C.- Although his time in a Sailfish men’s basketball uniform may have been short, senior David Wood looked to make the most of his opportunity after transferring to Palm Beach Atlantic from Florida Southern College for his senior season. An explosive shooting guard with a knack for making the big play, Wood was honored on Monday with the announcement of his inclusion on the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) All-American team.
A native of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Wood began his collegiate playing career at Palm Beach Community College before moving on to play for the Moccasins of Florida Southern College. It wasn’t until suiting up for the Fish however that he would truly shine as a star on the court.
During the 2010-2011 season, Wood managed to lead the team in scoring at 19.8 points per game while just missing scoring 500 points in a season (495) in 25 games.
Known for his ability to shoot the basketball, Wood finished second on the team in shooting percentage at 42.4% while also adding in 4.9 rebounds per game, 2.4 assists per game, 42 steals and even tallying 12 blocks on the season. Never afraid to shoot, Wood knocked down a team-high 64 three-pointers while averaging 32.4 minutes per game.
Eligible for NCCAA All-American status after being named to the NCCAA South Region 1st-Team, Wood was joined on the All-Region team by fellow senior and four-year standout Jonathan Lawrence who garnered 2nd-Team accolades in the South Region.
Lawrence put it all together in his final year wearing the Blue and White as he finished second to Wood in scoring at 17.2 points per game while chipping in 4.7 rebounds and playing a team-high 34.1 minutes per game. A very well-rounded offensive and defensive player, Lawrence led all PBA players with a 45.6% shooting percentage on the season.
Known as “JL” by nearly everyone, Lawrence finishes his PBA career with 1,322 career points in 109 career games. After red-shirting his first season, Lawrence would play in every single game of his collegiate career while starting every game his final three seasons with the Sailfish.
Lawrence finishes fourth in the program’s all-time career scoring list behind only Leonard Banks (1982-85, 2,010 points), Jim Harwood (1997-00, 1,845 points), and Jay McCormick (1983-87, 1,372 points). Banks, Harwood, and McCormick are all members of the PBA Sports Hall of Fame.
His 109 career games played ties Lawrence with another PBA Sports Hall of Famer, Chris Gryskiewicz who played in 109 games from 1984-1988. Robey Landrum holds the all-time PBA mark at 123 career games played from 1995-1998.