Six Student-Athletes, SFA HC Kyle Keller Honored on NABC All-District 22 Squad
Harris averaged a team-high 17.7 points per game on 48.5 percent shooting along with 6.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists per contest. The league-leader in three-point percentage in conference games (.451), he finished in double-digits in 17 of the team’s 20 league games. Fellow first-team All-Southland picks Kai Mitchell and Zach Nutall of Sam Houston State appeared on the all-district second team, and Houston Baptist’s Ian DuBose rounded out the honorees on the second team as well. In his fourth year at the helm, Keller led the ‘Jacks to a Southland Conference regular-season championship and was named Southland Coach of the Year. SFA posted the most regular-season wins since the 2013-14 season, including an upset of No. 1 Duke that snapped the Blue Devils’ 150-game non-conference home winning streak. The ‘Jacks led all Division I schools in steals (10.5) and turnovers forced (21.61) per game. The league-leader in scoring in conference games, DuBose averaged 20 points per game while ranking fifth in assists (4.2), seventh in rebounds (7.6) and field-goal percentage (46.4), and ninth in free-throw percentage (80.0). He joins Harris and Mitchell as the only repeat All-Southland selections in 2019-20. Kennedy averaged a double-double with the conference’s second-highest scoring rate (18.6) and a league-best 10.9 rebounds per game. The Southland leader in field-goal percentage (.679) racked up 17 double-doubles, which ranks third in the conference’s single-season history. KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Six Southland Conference men’s basketball standouts were named to the 2019-20 NABC Division I All-District 22 teams, as voted on by member coaches of the NABC and announced by the association Monday. Stephen F. Austin head coach Kyle Keller is the District 22 Coach of the Year.Southland Conference Player of the Year Kevon Harris and Defensive Player of the Year Sha’Markus Kennedy landed on the first team and were joined by Abilene Christian’s Payten Ricks, a first-team all-conference and all-defense selection. Mitchell and Nutall gave the Bearkats’ a dominant 1-2 punch on the offensive side of the ball as both ranked in the top five in field-goal percentage in conference games. Against Southland foes, the duo combined for more than 30 points a contest. Ricks set career-high averages for points (14.3) and steals (2.3) per game and broke program records for single-season three-pointers (83) and steals (70) in his final year in an ACU uniform. He started all 31 games for the Wildcats, averaging nearly 31 minutes per contest.