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Cline, Buckingham Earn VaSID Top Honors
Courtesy: Richmond Athletics
Release: 04/20/2017

LEXINGTON, Va. – University of Richmond men’s basketball standouts T.J. Cline and De’Monte Buckingham aren’t through collecting hardware from their stellar 2016-17 campaigns just yet. The Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) announced its University Division All-State men’s basketball teams on Thursday with Cline (Player of the Year) and Buckingham (Rookie of the Year) as two of the focal points.

Cline has been named the Player of the Year in the Commonwealth and a First Team choice after becoming just the 10th player in program history to earn Associated Press All-America recognition. He is also a NABC All-District First Team honoree and was chosen by the Richmond Times-Dispatch as the Virginia State Player of the Year. Not to mention the Plano, Texas native was the Atlantic 10 Player of the Year and All-A-10 First Team selection.

Cline put together one of the most impressive individual seasons in Richmond basketball history. In single-season records, he finished eighth all-time with 648 points, second all-time with 197 assists and 10th all-time with 272 rebounds. No other Richmond Spider has ever finished in the top 10 of all three categories in one season.

He tallied the first triple-doubles in Richmond history and was one of just two players in the country with multiple triple-doubles this season. Cline also ranked 22nd in the NCAA in assists, tallying the most assists by any player 6-9 or taller in the country.

He finished his career ranked eighth all-time with 1,647 points, sixth all-time with 632 field goals made, seventh all-time with 374 career assists and boasts a career field goal percentage of 53.1 which ranks ninth all-time.

Buckingham was a breakout star for the Richmond roster, providing a boost the team needed him to provide in his debut season. He recorded the most rebounds and second-most points of any Richmond freshman since 1999. The Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year also ranked fourth in the league in steals during conference play.

The Richmond native finished fourth among his teammates in scoring (10.5 points per game), second in rebounding (5.6 per game), fourth in assists and by far outpaced any of his teammates with 24 blocked shots. He also shot 45.9 percent from the floor and 35.7 percent from long range.

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