Indian Hills sophomore guard Lester Medford has been named a basketball first-team All-American by the National Junior College Athletic Association, the second time he has received an All-American honor.
Medford was a second-team choice following his freshman season at Arizona Western. After sitting out last year, he was a key contributor on an IHCC team that finished 34-3 and was second at the national tournament.
The second-leading scorer for the Warriors, the 5’11” Medford averaged 15.9 points a game while appearing in every game this season. He led the team with 6.1 assists per game and was second in steals with 96, while shooting 46 percent from the field, 40 percent from three-point range and 73.5 percent in free throws.
Medford, who earlier was picked for the All-Region first team, was on the All-Tournament team at the national tourney and was given the Small Player Award, given to the best athlete in the tournament field 6’1″ or smaller.
Last fall, he signed a letter of intent to attend Baylor University.
It’s the third straight year the Indian Hills basketball program has had a player chosen first-team All-American. Jameel McKay, now at Iowa State University, was on the top team each of the last two seasons.
Including Medford and McKay, IHCC has had nine players named first-team All-American. The list includes Shelly Clark (1993), Pete Mickeal (1998), Cory Hightower (2000), J.K. Edwards (2001), Jamaal Smith (2006), Nestor Colmenares (2007) and Dwight Buycks (2009).
Region 11 had two men on the All-American first team. Sophomore guard Jordan Stevens of Southeastern joined Medford on the ten-member squad.
(release courtesy of Indian Hills Athletics)