Amherst’s Gilligan named All-American

Honors continue to pile up for SNHU senior

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Devin Gilligan, an Amherst native who starred on the Southern New Hampshire University men’s basketball team, received National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Coaches’ All-America Team accolades, it was announced Tuesday. 

Gilligan, who becomes the first NABC All-American for the Penmen since Sotirios Karapostolou in 2003, adds to his list of recognitions, which include Division II Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA) All-America Third Team honors, D2CCA East Region and Northeast-10 Conference Player of the Year, and First Team spots on the NABC East All-District, D2CCA East All-Region and NE10 All-Conference Teams.

Gilligan will also play for the East squad in the 2017 Reese’s/NABC Division II College All-Star Game 8 p.m. Friday at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D., as part of the NCAA Division II Men’s Elite Eight.

Gilligan averaged 20.2 points per game this season, while shooting 57.7 percent (221-383) from the field, 45.3 percent (53-117) from beyond the arc and 80.3 percent (110-137) from the line. Gilligan, who started all 30 games, also averaged 6.8 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game.

Gilligan, who registered five double-doubles during the season, scored in double figures 29 times, missing the entire second half of the one game he did not reach 10 points in with an injury. Gilligan scored 20 or more points 16 times, including 30-plus on four occasions. Gilligan scored 19 or more points in 10 straight games from Dec. 7 to Jan. 18, producing three of his 30-point explosions, including a career-high 31 in an 83-77 win against Adelphi University on Jan. 14.

Gilligan ranked second in the conference in field goals made, fourth in 3-point shooting, fifth in field goal percentage, sixth in scoring, 10th in both offensive rebounding (2.1) and free throws made, and 11th in rebounding.

Nationally, Gilligan is 29th in field goals made, 36th in field goal percentage and 50th in scoring.

The Penmen finished the season 21-9, including 15-6 in league play to capture their second NE10 Regular-Season Championship in three years. SNHU made its third NE10 Championship Final in five seasons and then earned its 20th NCAA Tournament berth before falling in the opening round of the NCAA East Regional.