After completing a season full of program firsts, the State Fair Community College Roadrunners have added one more to the list. Sophomore guards Kevin Punter and Joseph Thomasson became the first two Roadrunners to be named National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Men’s Basketball All-Americans in the same season. Punter was named a First-Team All-American, and Thomasson was named a Third-Team All-American.
“I think it’s great,” said Roadrunners Head Coach Kevin Thomas. “This is the first time we have ever had two All-Americans in the same season. Both players are very deserving of the honors they received.”
The pair helped the Roadrunners to their first trip to NJCAA Men’s Division I National Championship since the 1975-1976 season. SFCC (26-7) also picked up the program’s first win at the national championship over Shelton State Community College from Alabama.
Punter led his team in scoring, averaging 20.3 points per game. He scored 28 points and pulled down five rebounds in the Roadrunners’ first-round win over Shelton State Community College in the NJCAA Men’s Division I National Championship as a sophomore. He also made 12 of 15 free throws in the contest. He led his team in scoring with 24 points against Chipola College in the second round of the national championship.
Punter ranked 26th in the nation in points per game and 12th in the country in points in his sophomore season. He shot a team-high 82.7 percent from the free-throw line this season, ranking him 43rd in the nation, plus a team-high 57.1 percent from the field as a sophomore.
“Kevin Punter has had a great career at SFCC,” said Thomas. “He got a lot better over the last two years and improved in all aspects of his game. This year I could see his development as a player, as a person and as a leader. I couldn’t be happier for him.”
Thomasson averaged 17.4 points per game as a sophomore, second high for the team. He dished out a team-high 6.2 assists per contest, which ranked him 14th in the nation in assists per game as a sophomore.
Thomasson scored a team-high 29 points and dished out a team-high 11 assists in an overtime victory over Shelton State Community College in the opening round of the NJCAA Men’s Division I National Championship as a sophomore.
He scored 23 points, dished out a team-high nine assists and pulled down a team-high seven rebounds in the second round of the NJCAA Division I Men’s National Championship against Chipola College as a sophomore. Thomasson also was named to the All-Tournament Team for his efforts.
“Joe Thomasson also has had a great career as a Roadrunner,” said Thomas. “Joe helped lead our program to heights SFCC had not seen. He put up great numbers this year. I wouldn’t trade him for any of the other guards on the All-American list.”
Punter and Thomasson became the eighth and ninth All-Americans in Roadrunner basketball history. Punter has verbally committed to continue his academic and athletic career at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Thomasson signed a national letter of intent to play for Wright State University in Ohio.
“We always talk about leaving your legacy on a program,” said Thomas. “Those guys were the first to win a game at nationals. They were on the first team to go undefeated in the region, and that doesn’t happen very often. They definitely were part of a special group that accomplished some great things.”