- Inside Athletics
UNIONTOWN, Pa. -- The United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) honored three members of the Marygrove men's basketball team Tuesday (Mar. 4) at the annual basketball awards banquet held in Uniontown, Pa. as the league tips off its 2013-14 national championship tournament. The three Mustangs, Darryll Dixon (Flint, Mich./Hamady), Diante Taylor (Battle Creek, Mich./Central) and Joe Zannetti (Warren, Mich./Woods Tower), were named to the USCAA's various postseason teams for their hard work on and off the court over the 2013-14 campaign.
SECOND TEAM ALL-AMERICAN
After completing one of the more consistent seasons in Marygrove men's basketball history, sophomore guard Diante Taylor earned a nod on the USCAA's All-American Second Team after a recent vote from the association's awards committee. Taylor appeared in all 30 games for Covington's Mustangs and received the start in every contest aside from senior day on the final day of the season. Taylor's stellar season was highlighted by when he broke a long-standing Marygrove record by eclipsing 36 consecutive games of scoring 10-or-more points. Dating back to Jan. 10, 2013, the 6-foot-3 guard has now reached double digits in an impressive 43 consecutive games after dropping in at least 10 points in all 30 games this season.
The consistent scorer finished his sophomore campaign by averaging16 points per game after amassing nearly 500 points on the season with 481. Taylor has tallied well over 800 points in two seasons of play at Marygrove. Despite his lofty scoring totals, the sophomore received the nod as a USCAA All-American based on his overall play. Taylor helped his cause by pulling down 163 rebounds – good for 5.4 per game – and dishing out 70 assists to go along with 43 steals this season.
HONORABLE MENTION ALL-AMERICAN
Darryll Dixon, recently honored by the NAIA's Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference for his play, received another postseason award after he was named a USCAA Honorable Mention All-American at the annual awards banquet. Appearing in only 17 games, Dixon's outstanding play elevated him to a double-dose of postseason honors after averaging a team-high 18.8 points per game in a half-season despite being hampered by a hand injury.
A prolific scorer, Dixon's long-awaited return to the lineup boosted the Mustangs late in the season. He, along with other late-season additions JuJuan Armstrong (Detroit, Mich/UM-Dearborn), DeVonte Pryor (Pontiac, Mich./West Texas A&M) and Xavier Walker (Flint, Mich./Powers Catholic), helped the then-winless, young Mustangs record four wins over their final 17 games of the season. Always a threat, Dixon made waves throughout the conference after posting a 40-point game at Siena Heights on Feb. 12. The 40-point outing marked a career-high for Dixon and is third all-time in Marygrove history behind a pair of Dennis Foster 50-point outbursts. Dixon averaged 4.5 rebounds per game and doled out 46 assists to go along with 29 steals in limited action this season.
Sophomore guard Joe Zannetti was honored as a 2013-14 Academic All-American for his continued hard work in the classroom at the northwest Detroit institution. Zannetti, a business major with an emphasis on marketing, earned a spot as an Academic All-American by exceeding the minimum requirements set forth by the USCAA of a 3.5 cumulative GPA and sophomore or above academic standing. The Warren native appeared in 18 games this season for the Mustangs after returning from a significant injury that ended his freshman campaign. The sophomore guard poured in a career-high 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting on Dec. 14 at Concordia-Ann Arbor.
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