John Carroll's Luke Chicone of Mentor named to All-America team

Mar. 13—Luke Chicone is a fan of one aspect of college basketball history.

Now he's part of history.

On March 13, Chicone became the third John Carroll men's basketball player to earn All-America honors. The Mentor grad was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches' second team following another standout season for the Blue Streaks.

NEWS: Luke Chicone is an ALL-AMERICAN!

Chicone is just the third All-American in the storied history of @JCUMensHoops. A crowning achievement after an incredible season ⚡️ @JCUAlumni

— John Carroll Sports (@jcusports) March 13, 2024

Chicone joins John Colombo (1983) and Corey Shontz (2012) as JCU's other men's basketball All-America selections.

Talk to Chicone long enough about his growth as a basketball player and he will always credit his parents, Mark and Bridgette Chicone.

As a youth, Chicone was shown by his father videos of Hall of Famer Pete Maravich — the NCAA's men's all-time leading scorer — and ever since then he's worked to improve his craft.

Now he's received arguably the biggest honor of his basketball career.

"My name goes on the award, but it was never possible without my mom and dad," said Chicone, who along with teammate Luke Frazier will surpass 1,000 career points early next season when they return for their final campaign.

Chicone — a junior point guard — was the Ohio Athletic Conference Player of the Year after he averaged 18.7 points (fourth in the conference), 5.2 assists (second in the OAC) and 4.0 rebounds. His assist-to-turnover ratio of 3.17 ranked among the best nationally in Division III. Chicone was also second in the OAC in steals at 2.24 per game.

"Luke would be the first one to give the credit to his teammates," said JCU coach Pete Moran. "But what he won't say is how hard he works in the weight room and in the gym. He has elevated his game to a level which puts him up there with the JCU greats. Above all of achievements this year, I'm more proud of the young man he has become."

Chicone saved some of his best work late in the season. Against Mount Union in the OAC tournament championship game, he made two clutch free throws with less than one second remaining in regulation to force overtime. JCU eventually won the game to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA D-III men's tournament.

Headed to OT tied at 79 as @lukechicone makes 2 FT wit .4 seconds on clock @JCUMensHoops @jcusports #d3hoops

— Mark Podolski (@mpodo) February 24, 2024

In JCU's tournament opener against SUNY New Paltz, Chicone — who averaged 34.5 minutes per game — scored a team-high 24 points and matched his season-high of nine assists in an 85-81 victory.

His season high in points in a game was 31 vs. SUNY Oneonta in the Blue Streaks' second game of the season.

It's been a busy week for awards and honors for Chicone and Frazier, who were named first-team All-OAC selections three weeks ago. This week, they were honored by the NABC and on their all-district and all-region teams.

Chicone was a first-team selection on the NABC's all-district team and's all-region team.

Frazier — the OAC tournament MVP who averaged 18.9 points and 6.3 rebounds for the 26-3 Blue Streaks — was a second-team pick by the NABC and