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March 24, 2014

Addison receives all-star nod

Missouri Southern guard Marquis Addison had a decorated senior season wearing the Lions’ green and gold. But the accolades didn’t stop when the season did.

Addison is one of two MIAA men’s basketball players who have been invited to the National Association of Basketball Coaches/Reece’s NCAA Division II All-Star Game this Friday in Evansville, Ind. Northwest Missouri’s DeShaun Cooper, the MIAA Player of the Year, will join Addison on the West roster.

“It’s honestly just an honor to have been selected,” Addison said. “With the amount of talent our conference produces, it’s a great privilege to be one of two selected. I also think it speaks volumes to the success we had this season and I wouldn’t have been chosen without the help from teammates and coaches.”

Addison was a first-team All-MIAA honoree and was also selected to the MIAA All-Tournament team after helping the Lions to the 2014 postseason title. He was also a second-team All-Region pick.

The 6-foot-4 Olathe, Kan., native’s four-year career earned him a place in the Missouri Southern record book in multiple statistical categories. Addison moved past former teammate Skyler Bowlin for fifth place on the school’s all-time scoring list this season. He finished his career with 1,667 points, 223 steals and an .836 free throw percentage. Those steals are the fourth-most in school history and his free throw accuracy is good for the school’s second best mark.

Addison joins Bowlin and another former teammate, Keane Thomann, as members of the MSSU program to compete in the annual exhibition. The game will begin at 6 p.m. Friday as part of the Division II Elite Eight festivities.

Addison and Cooper’s West team will be coached by Wayne Boultinghouse, a former Division II player and coach who has won four national championships, two as a player and two as a coach. Boultinghouse was on title-winning teams at the University of Evansville in 1964 and 1965, and was an assistant coach for the Purple Aces’ championship in 1971. He was on the bench for another title as an assistant coach on Kentucky Wesleyan’s 1987 team.

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