SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The most decorated player in the history of USC Aiken men’s basketball, Chris Commons will close out his illustrious career by playing in the 2009 National Association of Basketball Coaches/NCAA Division II All-Star Game at the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., on Friday, March 27 at 7 p.m.
Commons (Toledo, Ohio), who will be suiting up for the West team, will be the first Pacer men’s basketball player to participate in the prestigious event. USC Aiken head coach Vince Alexander was the head coach of the East All-Star team in 2008.
The all-star game is comprised of teams from the East and West, with at least two players from each of the eight NCAA II regions competing in the contest. The all-stars will attend both the NCAA II Men's Basketball Championship semifinals, March 26, and the national championship game, March 28. They will be recognized during halftime of a semifinal game for their accomplishments.
The 20 participants in the all-star game were chosen from a pool of 265 teams in Division II.
Commons informed the Pacer media during a press conference on Friday in regards to the tragic loss of Javonte Clanton that he will play his final contest as a Pacer in Clanton’s memory.
Commons was a part of the most prolific two-year span in USC Aiken men’s basketball history. He was one of the main reasons that the Pacers won 52 games and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen in 2009 for the first time in program history in his two years with the program.
Commons ends his four-year college basketball career with 2,002 total points. The Findlay transfer scored 1,229 of those points in a Pacer uniform.
The point total ends Commons’ Pacer career with him No. 2 all-time in scoring in USC Aiken men’s basketball history. Commons averaged 19.2 points per game in 64 games as a Pacer.
Commons scored over 20 points 33 times as a Pacer. He did not accomplish the feat in 2008-09, but he netted 30 or more seven times in his career.
The Peach Belt Conference Player of the Year in 2007-08 and 2008-09, Commons concluded USC Aiken’s first ever NCAA Division II Sweet Sixteen appearance averaging 16.8 points per game and 5.8 rebounds per game. Commons shot 53 percent from the floor in 2008-09.
Commons is still in the search for his second straight All-America accolades. He was a consensus All-America choice in 2007-08.