Benji Bell Named Men's Basketball Player of the Year; DeMeo Top Coach

3/12/2015

Northwest Florida State College's Benji Bell has been named the NJCAA Region 8/FCSAA Men's Basketball Player of the Year. In addition, Bell, a sophomore from Gainesville, Fla., was named Most Valuable Player of the NJCAA Region 8/FCSAA state basketball tournament, leading the Raiders to the championship and the No. 2 seed in the NJCAA men's national tournament.

Benji Bell

Also honored was Raiders men's basketball coach Steve DeMeo, who was named NJCAA Region 8/FCSAA Men's Basketball Coach of the Year. DeMeo is in his second year at the helm.

Bell is averaging 17 points per game on 50 percent shooting, including 47 percent from the three-point line. He also leads the Raiders in assists and steals per game. "He's probably the hardest worker we've had the last two years," DeMeo said of Bell. "To see him mature the way he has, it's great to see him get the recognition he deserves."

The Raiders, 29-2, have a bye in the first round of the national tournament and will play their first game on March 18 against the San Jacinto-Columbia State winner.

LADY RAIDERS

Coach DeMeo

The Lady Raiders, 26-4, also are headed to the NJCAA women's tournament as the No. 9 seed after finishing runner-up in the NJCAA Region 8/FCSAA state tournament and earning an at-large bid to the national tourney. They play their first game on March 16 against Murray State.

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