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Michal Seals, Taiwo Badmus Earn VaSID All-State Recognition

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – UVa-Wise men's basketball freshman point guard Michal Seals and redshirt junior forward Taiwo Badmus have claimed Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) All-State honors as the 2017 College Division All-State Men's Basketball Teams were released Friday morning. Seals was tabbed as Rookie of the Year while Badmus was named to the All-State First Team. The all-state teams and major award winners are voted upon by media relations professionals working at colleges, universities and conferences throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Showcasing a depth of talent across the commonwealth, nine different programs were represented as Virginia Union University senior guard Ray Anderson and Lynchburg College senior guard Zack Burnett earned Co-Player of the Year honors. Christopher Newport University head coach John Krikorian was named Coach of the Year for the second straight season.
A native of Lancaster, Pennsylvania (High Point Christian Academy), Seals had a phenomenal freshman campaign averaging 16.1 points, 5.7 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game. His assist average and 166 total assists on the season ranked him among Mountain East Conference leaders and top-25 nationally as a distributer. Tallying a total of 133 rebounds, 5-foot-10 Seals was the Cavaliers' second-best rebounder as the starting point guard. He scored the second-most amount of points (468) on the team in 28 game starts, while his 37 minutes played per contest ranked third in the MEC and 17th in the nation.
Seals recorded two double-doubles in assists and points, and came near a triple-double twice during 2016-17. The freshman court commander scored a career-high 33 points at Urbana University on Feb. 18 and was in double figures 24 times, reaching the 20-point mark on 10 different occasions. Seals dished out seven or more assists in 10 different contests, including distributing eight dimes in his first collegiate game.   
Badmus, a native of London, England, was named to the All-MEC Second Team after averaging a double-double of 21.7 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. Leading the Cavs in scoring and rebounding Badmus registered 14 double-doubles on the season, the 19th-most in all of NCAA Division II and third-most in the MEC. The Fairmont State University transfer's scoring and rebounding averages placed him among the nation's top-30 scorers and top-25 rebounders, while his 293 total rebounds were 25th-most nationally and his 629 total points ranked 33rd.
Scoring in double figures in all but two games, Badmus recorded 20 points or more in 19 different contests, tallied 25 points or more 11 times and reached the 30-point plateau on three separate occasions. The 6-foot-7 forward shot the ball at a blistering 53.7 percent clip for the season to rank among conference leaders. Named MEC Player of the Week twice, Badmus ranked in the top 25 in the nation and led the MEC in both free throw makes (157) and attempts (213).
Collecting 12 or more rebounds in 11 different games, Badmus earned a 20-20 performance in his first game as a Cav with a career-high and MEC single-game-best 21 boards. Taiwo scored a career-high 42 points on Jan. 19 at Concord University, going 14-of-19 from the field and 6-of-10 from long range. It was the fourth-most amount of points scored in a single game in the MEC all season.
Defensively, both Seals and Badmus made 49 steals (1.69 per game) this past year to rank in the top five in the league in takeaways.
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VaSID All-State:
Co-Players of the Year
Ray Anderson, Virginia Union University
Zack Burnett, Lynchburg College
Coach of the Year
John Krikorian, Christopher Newport University
Rookie of the Year
Michal Seals, UVa-Wise
All-State First Team
Ray Anderson, Virginia Union University
Taiwo Badmus, UVa-Wise
Charles Bryant, Averett University
Zack Burnett, Lynchburg College
Khory Moore, Virginia Wesleyan College
All-State Second Team
Marcus Carter, Christopher Newport University
Tim Daly, Christopher Newport University
Elijah Moore, Virginia State University
Clayton Murtha, Washington & Lee University
Eric Shaw, University of Mary Washington