Basketball Alumni David Johnson and Tyliek Kimbrough Earn Athletic Honors at Lycoming and Delaware Valley
Delaware Valley University players proudly display their championship banner after winning the conference title in 2016. Pictured front and center is former MCCC player Kyliek Kimbrough, who continued to make major contributions to the team this season.
Lycoming College's David Johnson helped the Warriors win two MAC Commonwealth titles. He is pictured with current MCCC Assistant Coach Stan Tuchez, left, and former Assistant Coach Jordan Ingram (the current assistant at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia), following the 2016 title win.
Johnson, left, and Kimbrough contributed to the Vikings' highly successful 2014-15 season.
West Windsor, N.J. -- The 2014-15 season for the Mercer County Community College (MCCC) men’s basketball team was a exceptional one. The Vikings went 23-4, won 15 straight games in January and February, and were 15th in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II Basketball rankings. That magical ride came to an end when the Vikings lost to rival Essex CC in the Region 19 championship.
Still, the team’s success and the accomplishments of individual players remain in the record books as one of the best seasons in recent program history. Key to that achievement was the team’s strong backcourt led by David Johnson (Philadelphia, PA/Communications Tech) and Tyliek Kimbrough (Brooklyn, NY/Boys and Girls HS). These two talented guards transferred to Lycoming College (Williamsport, Pa.) and Delaware Valley University (Doylestown, Pa.) respectively, where they led their teams to record seasons. Both players were selected to the Mid-American Conference (MAC) First Team this year.
At Lycoming, Johnson helped the Warriors advance to the NCAA Division III Tournament during both of his seasons there. In 2016-17, Lycoming reached a school-best 15th national ranking heading into the NCAA Division III Tournament and had 23 wins, a school record. Johnson led the way as the Warriors’ top scorer, averaging 14.5 points per game and scoring in double figure in 21 games. He was first in free throw percentage in the MAC Commonwealth, shooting 89% on the year, and finished sixth in steals.
To advance to the tournament, Lycoming beat Albright 76-62 on Feb. 25 to win their second straight MAC Commonwealth title. Johnson had 15 points and 5 rebounds in the championship game, and 23 points and 5 steals in a 88-64 semifinal win over Lebanon Valley. In the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, Johnson led the way with 17 points to beat Cabrini College 86-70. The Warriors’ season came to an end the following night when they lost 95-76 in the second round to 5th-ranked Middlebury, the tournament’s host.
Johnson’s stats during his two seasons at Lycoming are unlikely to be surpassed anytime soon. He scored 767 points, dished out 144 assists, and had 90 steals. He was selected for the 2016-17 All-MAC Commonwealth First Team, the first Warrior player to earn that honor since 2013. Adding his 830 points scored at Mercer, Johnson finishes his collegiate career with 1,597 points.
Other highlights of Johnson’s career at Lycoming include a 31-point game in a 97-81 win over Stevenson in February. In December, he was selected as the MAC Commonwealth Player of the Week for the second time. The first time was during his first season at Lycoming, when he also earned Dutch Burch Tip-Off Classic MVP Honors in the Warriors season-opening tournament. Just this week, Johnson became the first Lycoming player in 11 years to earn D3hoops.com All-Middle Atlantic Region honors.
Tyliek Kimbrough, Johnson’s backcourt teammate at Mercer, found similar success at Delaware Valley University. During his first season, Kimbrough helped lead the Aggies to a MAC Freedom title and win the 2016 NCAA Division III championship. Kimbrough had 18 points and 6 rebounds in the Aggies’ 75-72 win. He also hit the game-winning basket to give the Aggies a 58-57 victory over Misericordia in the MAC Freedom semifinals. That season he was named to All-MAC Freedom Second Team, when the Aggies won a school-record 20 games and finished 20-8.
In the 2016-17 season, the #1-seeded Aggies were upset by DeSales University in the MAC Freedom semifinals 79-57. Kimbrough garnered All-MAC Freedom First Team honors as he led the Aggies in scoring, averaging 16.3 points per game to go along with 4.7 assists and 1.5 steals per game. He scored in double figures in 20 of 26 games this year and dished out 5 or more assists in 13 games. He was named the MAC Freedom Conference Player of the Week on Feb. 20 and helped the Aggies earn the #1 seed heading into the MAC Freedom playoffs. On Nov. 30, Kimbrough scored 37 points in a 101-94 loss at Moravian, the 11th highest single-game output in Delaware Valley men’s basketball history.
Johnson and Kimbrough got the opportunity to play against each other this season when Lycoming and Delaware Valley University met in the championship game of the Louis Fleming Basinger Memorial Tournament hosted by Lycoming during the holiday break. In the Dec. 30 game, Lycoming edged Delaware Valley 65-63. Kimbrough led Delaware Valley with a game-high 26 points and Johnson had 10 points for Lycoming in the win. Both Kimbrough and Johnson earned All-Tournament Team honors.
While at Mercer, Kimbrough and Johnson both earned All Garden State Athletic Conference First Team honors in 2015. Johnson was named to the All-Region 19 First Team that year and Kimbrough earned All-Region 19 Second Team honors. That season Johnson was selected as the Region 19 Player of the Year and was named to the NJCAA Division II All-American Second Team.
MCCC Men’s Basketball Coach Howard Levy is delighted to hear about the continued success of these two stellar players. “Both David and Tyliek worked incredibly hard at Mercer and overcame a variety of obstacles that enabled them to step in and immediately become the focal points of their respective teams. We won a lot of games with them at Mercer, and it’s great to learn that they contributed in such significant way at their transfer schools,” Levy said, adding that both are on track to get their bachelor’s degrees.
Tuchez adds that the MCCC basketbal staff has been watching both players careers since they left Mercer and tried to attend their games when possible. "We are very proud of them," and have been watching his career since he's left, as well as Tyliek's. David earned a new award yesterday.
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