BELLEVILLE — The tradition of excellence continues in the Southwestern Illinois College men's basketball program.
Continuing to be a major player on the national junior college scene, Blue Storm coach Jay Harrington announced on Tuesday that sophomores Keanau Post and Tony Bradley have been named to the NJCAA Division I All-American Team for the 2012-13 season.
Post, a native of Victoria, British Columbia, was named as a second team All-American. Bradley, a graduate of Alton High, was an honorable mention selection.
It is the third time since 2006 that SWIC has had two All-Americans in the same year and gives the Blue Storm 13 in the past 13 years.
"What it does is keep the tradition. There aren't many programs at any level that can say they've had 13 All-Americans in 13 years,'' Harrington said. "We are extremely proud of these two young men for the season and the careers they've had at SWIC. They both have been and will always be a big part of this basketball program.''
Considered one of the top junior college centers in the nation, the 7-foot Post averaged 12 points and nine rebounds this season. Post has signed to attend the University of Missouri next season. Post was also chosen as the top player in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference.
Bradley, a 6-foot-4 guard-forward, averaged 11 points and six rebounds for a Blue Storm team which finished 22-11 during the 2012-13 season. Bradley is still considering several college offers. Bradley was also chosen as the top defensive player in the GRAC.
"Considering our record the fact that we have two All-Americans may be a surprise to some people, but it was the coaches in the league who nominated these kids,'' Harrington said. "What people don't realize if that of our 11 losses, five were against two teams -- Vincennes and Mineral Area -- who went to the NJCAA Division I Tournament. And we lost those five games by a combined nine points.
"Two have two All-Americans again is a huge boost for this basketball program and this school.
The Post-Bradley combination joins the duo of Lance Stemler and Lawrence Blackledge in 2006 and Chris Hines and Kenny Leverette in 2009 as two All-Americans in the same season.
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