Two members of the Mount Vernon Nazarene College men's basketball team were recently named to both the NAIA Division II and National Christian College Athletic Association All-American teams.
Kenny Chaffin, a 6-foot-6 senior forward from Marysville, Ohio, was selected as an NAIA Division II Honorable Mention All-American for the third straight year and named to the NCCAA All-American First Team for the second year in a row. The former All-Ohioan at Marysville High School led the Cougars in scoring (18.9 points per game) and rebounding (8.7 boards per contest) as well as setting a new school record with 73 blocked shots. Chaffin shot 53.2 percent from the field (255-of-479), 43.2 percent from three-point range (57-of-132), and 69.6 percent at the charity stripe (94-of-135). He also finished his career ranked third in school history with 2,062 career points, fourth in rebounding with 834 caroms, and first in blocked shots with 196 rejections.
Phil Argento, a 6-foot-2 junior guard from Grafton, Ohio, joined Chaffin on the NAIA Division II Honorable Mention All-American squad and was named to the NCCAA All-American Second Team. The former Lutheran West High School star averaged a career-best 18.4 points per game and nailed a team-high 126 three-pointers, which was only eight treys off the single-season school record. Argento led the team by shooting 86.8 percent at the free throw line (92-of-106), and he compiled 67 assists and 30 steals. He also shot 43 percent from three-point range (126-of-293). Argento now ranks 11th on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,598 points.
MVNC finished the season with a 24-11 overall record as the team won 12 of its final 14 games. The Cougars also claimed their first NCCAA national title with a win over NCAA Division I Gardner-Webb (N.C.) University in the championship game to snap their 33-game home-winning streak.