Apprentice School junior Jay Melendez was named on Wednesday to the first team Virginia Sports Information Directors Association All-State College Division squad. The team consisted from all the non-NCAA Division I schools in the state.
Melendez, an outside machinist apprentice from Suffolk, averaged 17.5 points and 8.8 rebounds per game for the Builders who finished 15-10 on the year. He had 10 double-doubles including a career-best 19 rebounds against Central Penn College. He had a seven-game stretch this season averaging over 20 points and 12 rebounds per game.
The 6-foot-4 guard topped the team in 3-pointers made (57) and had a pair of games where he hit six. At the United States Collegiate Athletic Association National Championships, Melendez won the 3-point contest prior to the tournament.
Melendez is the fifth Builder since 2004 to be named to the first team VaSID All-State squad as Tevin Andrews was the last representative in 2012-13 to earn first team honors. He was named to the USCAA First Team All-American squad in March.
2014-15 VASID All-State College Division Team
Player of the Year: Khory Moore, Virginia Wesleyan College
Coach of the Year: Chuck Moore, Richard Bland College
Rookie of the Year: Clayton Murtha, Washington & Lee University
All-State First Team
Marcus Badger, Randolph-Macon College
David Falk, Eastern Mennonite University
Jay Melendez, The Apprentice School
Khory Moore, Virginia Wesleyan College
Ed Reddick, Bridgewater College
All-State Second Team
Mike Cherry, Christopher Newport University
Joe Hassell, Randolph-Macon College
Tavon Mealy, Richard Bland College
Clayton Murtha, Washington & Lee University
Jamal Pullen, Ferrum College
Averyl Ugba, Richard Bland College