LAURINBURG — Fighting Scots junior Niem Ratliffe has another accolade to add to his impressive resume — being named second-team All-District 8. The North Carolina Basketball Coaches Association released its all district teams on Friday and after being named first-team all-Southeastern conference, Ratliffe’s efforts earned him a place on the All-District 8 team.
The Scots junior was second in the SEC in scoring with 18.4 points per game and steals with 2.7. Ratliffe led the Scots in scoring with 405 points this season to go along with 59 total steals and 56 assists.
Ratliffe was one of three SEC players to earn All-District 8 honors — Pinecrest’s Donnie Haith was named first team and Tyrell Wallmond was third team. Two players from Hoke County — D’Coda Cummings and Silas Love — and one player from Lumberton — Tyreik McCallum — earned All-District 4 honors. Cummings was named First-Team All-District 4 and Love and McCallum were named second team.
The District 8 Player of the Year award went to Dezmin Austin, a senior from Easter Randolph. District 8 Coach of the Year went to Southern Lee’s Gaston Collins.
Dezmin Austin, Eastern Randolph
Seth Heglar, Wheatmore
Donnie Haith, Pinecrest
Ervin Bennett, Anson
Jaivius Morrison, West Montgomery
Nate Thompson, Southern Lee
Niem Ratliffe, Scotland
Adafe Price, West Stanly
Dalton Moncus, Trinity
Byron Massey, Triton
Zack Bailey, Randleman
Darius Sellers, Southern Lee
Jason Foulks, Chatham Charter
Malik Herbert, Eastern Randolph
Tyrell Allmond, Pinecrest
District 8 Player of the Year: Dezmin Austin, Eastern Randolph
District 8 Coach of the Year: Gaston Collins, Southern Lee