Emanuel Terry christened All-American by Basketball Times, NABC
Lincoln Memorial University senior forward Emanuel Terry has been named to two different All-American teams as the Enterprise, Alabama, native was selected as a second team All-American by the Basketball Times while also earning a spot on the NABC Division II All-America team, it was announced on Monday.
Terry was responsible for one of the most prolific seasons in the history of the LMU men’s basketball program. The 6-9 forward was tabbed as the South Atlantic Conference Player of the Year as well as the inaugural SAC Defensive Player of the Year. While earning a spot on the NABC All-Southeast Region first team, Terry was also named the D2CCA Southeast Region Player of the Year. He’s the first Railsplitter to be the SAC and Southeast Region Player of the Year since Vincent Bailey accomplished that feat in 2014.
Due in large part to Terry’s remarkable individual season, the Railsplitters went 32-2 to record their fourth consecutive 30-win season, captured their sixth straight SAC regular-season title and fourth SAC tournament title while running the table in conference play, finished the year ranked No. 1 nationally for the third time in four years and made their eighth consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament. Lincoln Memorial hosted the Southeast Regional for the third time in four seasons and made its third straight trip to the regional championship game.
In his final season in the Blue and Gray, Terry racked up 16.9 points, 10.3 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game while shooting 71.1 percent from the field. He led the conference and ranked second in the nation in field-goal percentage while compiling 16 double-doubles, which were the most in the SAC and the 14th-most in the nation. He also finished 19th in the country in rebounds per game and 14th in total blocks. His 209 total field goals led the SAC and ranked 43rd nationally.
Terry had a number of impressive performances, including a career-high 31 points on 11-for-13 shooting with 14 rebounds in a win over Newberry on February 3. He produced a pair of 27-point double-doubles against Coker and Carson-Newman in early January, and opened the season with a 22-point, 21-rebound outing against Lees-McRae, which qualified for the NCAA tournament. He had eight other games with at least 20 points on top of all that.
The senior was named to both the SAC Championship and NCAA Division II Southeast Regional All-Tournament teams.
In his four seasons at Lincoln Memorial, Terry compiled 1,157 points, 854 rebounds and a program-record 228 blocks. He finished as the program’s all-time leader in field-goal percentage (70.4) on top of ranking second in defensive rebounds (598), fourth in total rebounds, seventh in games played (120), 12th in games started (72) and 13th in minutes played (2,233).
This season alone Terry finished in the top 10 in the program’s single-season history for field-goal percentage (third), defensive rebounds (fourth), defensive rebounds per game (fifth), blocks (fifth), blocks per game (fifth) and total rebounds (ninth).
Over Terry’s four-year career, the Railsplitters posted a 126-14 cumulative record with four straight SAC regular-season titles, two SAC tournament championships, four straight 30-win seasons, four NCAA tournament appearances and two Southeast Region titles. Lincoln Memorial also made back-to-back appearances in the national semifinals, including a trip to the 2016 National Championship game.