Dixie State University men’s basketball senior guard Brandon Simister was named to the 2017-18 CoSIDA Division II Academic All-America Second Team, as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Tuesday.
Simister, who is a three-time CoSIDA Academic All-District 8 selection and carries a 3.91 GPA in biology, was the lone Pacific West Conference representative on either the men’s and women’s DII Academic All-America lists.
Simister was a first-team all-PacWest and second-team D2CCA all West region selection this season after finishing as DSU’s second-leading scorer at 15.1 ppg. He scored in double figures in 23 of his 28 starts with a team-high seven 20-plus point outings, and he led the team in scoring 13 times overall.
In addition, the senior was named the 2018 PacWest Tournament Most Outstanding Player after pouring in a career-high 28 points in DSU’s tournament-clinching win over CBU. He also tallied 25 points with a DSU single-game record-tying six 3-pointers in a win over Holy Names and followed that up with a game-high 19 points, 13 in the second half, in DSU’s PacWest title-clinching win at Point Loma, which earned him PacWest Player of the Week honors.
He closed his season ranked in the top 15 nationally in free throw percentage with a DSU single-season record 90.2 percent clip. This included breaking DSU and PacWest single-game records with 18-straight free throws made in a win at Concordia-Irvine, going 18-for-18 overall.
Simister finished his four-year career owning the DSU “trifecta” as the single game (co-leader with six), single-season (67 in 2017-18) and career (165) 3FGM leader. He is also DSU’s career leader in free throw percentage (.8708), and he is ranked in the top 10 all-time in 13 DSU career statistical categories overall, including second all-time in free throws made (337), third in assists (307), third in career 3-point percentage (.424) and fourth in scoring (1,145 pts).
The 2017-18 CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division II Men's Basketball teams include the student-athletes across the United States and Canada and recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. To be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) at his or her current institution.
CoSIDA began the distinguished Academic All-America® program in the 1950s and since then has honored thousands of deserving student-athletes from numerous sports and across all divisions with these elite Academic All-America® scholar-athlete honors. Currently, CoSIDA sponsors Academic All-America programs for men’s soccer, women’s soccer, football, volleyball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, baseball, softball, and men’s and women’s track and field/cross-country, along with other eligible sports through the organization’s At-Large program.
Steve Johnson is the Associate Athletic Director for Media Relations and Collegiate Licensing at Dixie State University. For more DSU Athletics news, please visit www.dixiestateathletics.com and follow Dixie State on Twitter at @DixieAthletics.