HELENA - Carroll College sophomore Andy Garland, the Frontier Conference men's basketball Player of the Year, was named an NAIA third team All-American on Tuesday.
The 6-foot-5 post player received his second All-America nod after making the honorable mention list last season. The former Missoula Sentinel star was named Montana's Gatorade Player of the Year his senior season of high school.
Garland led the Frontier Conference in points (18.8) and rebounds (9.9) per game to lead the Saints to a 13-16 overall record.
The Saints fell short of the NAIA national tournament after losing to Rocky Mountain College 65-64 in the first round of the Frontier Conference tournament, which is the reason Carroll head coach Brandon Veltri believes Garland wasn't a first- or second-team pick.
"Obviously it's a great accomplishment and it's humbling to have a player from the team named an All-American," Veltri said. "But, he's the caliber of player that should earn a first- or second-team nomination."
Veltri pointed out that the Massey Ratings had the Frontier Conference listed as the third toughest in the NAIA this season, one year after Rocky won the national title. For Garland to be named the best player in the league - and rank 17th in scoring and seventh in rebounding in the nation - but not be named as one of the top 20 players in the NAIA is a little bit of a disappointment.
He's joined by Westminster's Blair Prowse on the third team. Fellow Frontier players Justin Dennis (MSU-Northern), Dean Colbray (Montana Tech), JaRon Brown (Montana Western) and Westminster's Ben Walker and Dan Rasp were honorable mentions.
"We're fortunate to have a player like Andy at Carroll. He's a great person, a great leader, a great student and obviously a great basketball player," Veltri said. "It says a lot about where our program is at and where it is headed."