Northern Division Standouts Named in Men's Basketball

Central Lakes College players, staff, headline All-Northern Division team.
Central Lakes College players, staff, headline All-Northern Division team.

Rochester, MN-

In the Minnesota College Athletic Conference, men's basketball teams in the Northern Division quickly found themselves chasing Central Lakes College as the Raiders racked up early season wins to run away from the pack.   Two teams tied for the fourth and final spot in the playoffs,  with Itasca Community College losing out to Northland Community and Technical College for the last post-season berth, as the Pioneers win over Rainy River Community College was enough to put them through.   Mesabi Range College put together a solid 2018-19 season and were rewarded with a #2 spot in the Region XIII tournament for their efforts.   FDLTCC featured one of the MCAC's top individual scorers while Vermilion Community College saw long-time coach and mentor Paul McDonald move into his next chapter of life as he retired from college coaching.  Lake Superior College fielded basketball teams for the first time in 2018-19 and Hibbing will look to rebuild under first-year coach Paul Ciochetto.   Coach-of-the-Year honors in the Northern Division, as voted on by Division coaches, went to Jim Russell at Central Lakes College.

 The 14-player MCAC Northern All-Division selections - as nominated by and voted on by Conference coaches - has been named and is available at this link as well as listed below.


2018-19 Men's Basketball 

MCAC Northern All-Division Team



 Year   Hometown  State

Chris Buckley

Central Lakes College

So.     Coon Rapids, MN

Calvin Lee

Mesabi Range College

So.             Monroe, LA

Trey Jones

Rainy River Community College

So.               Kenner, LA

Tyree'on Johnson

Central Lakes College

 Fr.        Coon Rapids, MN

Curtis Bell

Vermilion Community College

 Fr.               St. Paul, MN

Kevin Bryant

Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College

 So.          Auburndale, FL

Devonte Morgan

Itasca Community College

So.                Peoria, AZ

Bryce Hempel

Mesabi Range College

So.           Plymouth, MN

Al-Jureau Ray

Central Lakes College

So.       Minneapolis, MN

Bakri Gubara

Northland Community & Technical College

Fr.            Nashville, TN

Greg Barber

Rainy River Community College

So.                Miami, FL

Cedrick Harris

Rainy River Community College

Fr.               Miami, FL

Christian Horton

Northland Community & Technical College

Fr.             Austell, GA

Josh Arnold

Central Lakes College

Fr.       Apple Valley, MN


Jim Russell, Central Lakes College

Brainerd, MN


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About the Minnesota College Athletic Conference

The Minnesota College Athletic Conference is the organizational body for NJCAA-affiliated two-year technical and community college athletic programs in the Minnesota State system.  The mission of the Minnesota College Athletic Conference is to advance intercollegiate athletics by providing an engaging and supportive environment for success of our student athletes and competition among member institutions.  The MCAC is committed to the guiding principles of encouraging the development and success of student athletes, promoting the integrity, honesty and loyalty to member schools as well as upholding the sustainability of conference athletic programs.