SFA’s Kevon Harris Named Southland Men’s Basketball Player of the Year

first_img2019-20 All-Southland Conference Men’s Basketball Teams Warith Alatishe Nicholls F So. Houston, Texas Sha’Markus Kennedy McNeese F Sr. Tuscaloosa, Ala. Dexter McClanahan Nicholls G R-Sr. Ellenwood, Ga. A Navarro College transfer, Kensmil was a valuable addition to the ‘Jacks, averaging 11.6 points and 6.5 rebounds per contest while converting 58.3 percent of his attempts from the field. He tallied 13 double-digit outings and a pair of double-doubles. Kennedy made the best of his final year in a McNeese uniform, averaging a double-double with the second-highest scoring rate (18.6) and a league-best 10.8 rebounds per game. The Southland leader in field-goal percentage (.687) racked up 16 double-doubles, which is tied for third in the conference’s single-season history. Dru Kuxhausen McNeese G Jr. Scottsbluff, Neb. Stephen F. Austin also accounted for the league’s Newcomer of the Year in junior forward Gavin Kensmil, and ‘Jacks head man Kyle Keller garnered Coach of the Year honors. McNeese’s Sha’Markus Kennedy is the Defensive Player of the Year, and UIW’s Keaston Willis is the Freshman of the Year. Gavin Kensmil Stephen F. Austin F Jr. Paramaribo, Suriname A four-time Southland Player of the Week, Kennedy was the only Southland player to pull down 20 rebounds in a game, achieving the feat twice against league opponents. He posted 14 20-point performances and recorded the conference’s only triple-double with 17 points, 10 rebounds and 10 blocks against UMKC. Ian DuBose2 Houston Baptist G Jr. Durham, N.C. Third Team Institution Pos. Class Hometown All-conference teams and individual awards are nominated and voted upon by the conference’s head coaches and sports information directors. Voting for oneself or one’s own players/coaches is not permitted.Player of the Year: Kevon Harris, Stephen F. AustinDefensive Player of the Year: Sha’Markus Kennedy, McNeeseFreshman of the Year: Keaston Willis, UIWNewcomer of the Year: Gavin Kensmil, Stephen F. AustinCoach of the Year: Kyle Keller, Stephen F. Austin First Team Institution Pos. Class Hometown Zach Nutall Sam Houston State G So. Bryan, Texas Chad Bowie Sam Houston State G Sr. Houston, Texas Joe Pleasant Abilene Christian F So. Overland Park, Kan. Rylan Bergersen Central Arkansas G Jr. Boise, Idaho Kai Mitchell2 Sam Houston State F/C Sr. Haverstraw, N.Y. Harris headlines the all-conference first team, joined by Kennedy and Abilene Christian senior guard Payten Ricks. Sam Houston State placed two on the top squad in sophomore guard Zach Nutall and senior forward/center Kai Mitchell, last year’s Newcomer of the Year.center_img John Comeaux Stephen F. Austin G Sr. Beaumont, Texas Sha’Markus Kennedy McNeese F Sr. Tuscaloosa, Ala. FRISCO, Texas – Stephen F. Austin senior guard Kevon Harris is the 2020 Southland Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Year, the league announced Monday along with its all-conference teams. Southland Player of the Year awards are presented by Ready Nutrition. Bryson Robinson New Orleans G Sr. Mesquite, Texas Second Team Institution Pos. Class Hometown Harris is in the top five in program history in scoring (1,833) and is the school’s Division I leading scorer. Harris helped the ‘Jacks (28-3, 19-1 SLC) to their most regular-season wins since the 2013-14 season, including an upset of No. 1 Duke in which he dropped a game-high 26 points to snap the Blue Devils’ 150-game non-conference home winning streak. 2 indicates two-time all-conference selection3 indicates three-time all-conference selection Abilene Christian, McNeese and Nicholls joined SFA and SHSU as teams with multiple selections. Central Arkansas, Houston Baptist, Lamar, New Orleans and Northwestern State each had one honoree. Payten Ricks Abilene Christian G Sr. Wichita, Kan. Appearing in all 31 games in his first year at UIW, Willis averaged 14.8 points per game and ranked fifth in three-pointers made per contest (2.7) against Southland opponents. Nailing at least one from beyond the arc in all but two league games, he hit six three-pointers on three occasions against conference foes. Kevon Harris3 Stephen F. Austin G Sr. Ellenwood, Ga. The fearless leader of the conference-champion ‘Jacks, 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. All-Defensive Team Institution Pos. Class Hometown T.J. Atwood Lamar G/F Sr. Beaumont, Texas In his fourth year at the helm of the ‘Jacks, Keller helped return the program to glory after a down year in 2018-19, leading the squad to an outright conference championship in 2019-20. Under Keller’s direction, SFA led all Division I schools in steals (10.5) and turnovers forced (21.61) per game and ranked in the top-10 in the nation in field goal percentage (49.1), free-throws made (546), rebound margin (7.6), scoring margin (13.6) and scoring offense (80.6). Chudier Bile Northwestern State F R-Jr. Denver, Colo. Hayden Koval Central Arkansas C Jr. Prosper, Texas Payten Ricks Abilene Christian G Sr. Wichita, Kan.last_img read more

The great escape Two crims and one chopper

first_imgA massive manhunt is under way in Greece after two criminals mounted an audacious escape from a top security prison by helicopter – for the second time in three years. Serial armed robber and kidnapper Vassilis Paleokostas, and his Albanian sidekick, Alket Rizai, both escaped from the Korydallos prison in western Athens two Sundays ago in a helicopter rented and hijacked at gunpoint by their accomplices. The pair staged an almost identical escape from the same prison in 2006.They fled Korydallos prison after a helicopter landed on the roof of the prison in broad daylight and a rope ladder was thrown to them. Guards on the ground opened fire but a woman on board the helicopter shot back with an assault rifle. No injuries were reported. A local resident captured part of the escape on amateur video. The grainy footage shows a helicopter rising from the prison and flying off across the city after shots are heard.The pilot was found later bound, gagged and with a hood over his head. He reportedly told police the helicopter – owned by a tour company offering “escapes to idyllic destinations” – was chartered by a couple who said they wanted to go from the town of Itea in central Greece to Athens. He said he had been threatened with an automatic AK-47 rifle and a grenade and forced to fly to the prison.The Greek Government reacted strongly to the escape with the dismissal of three senior prison officials by the justice minister in response to the escape. Nikos Dendias said he had sacked the general secretary of the justice ministry, the inspector-general of prisons and the head of Korydallos prison after visiting the facility on Sunday evening. “This was an insult which I will not accept… I will take measures as harsh as necessary,” he told reporters afterwards. A number of guards have also appeared in court in relation to the escape with a senior guard receiving a three year suspended sentence from the Piraeus Magistrate’s court while a second guard received a six month suspended sentence for the illegal possession of arms. Two other guards and a security guard as well as the helicopter pilot were found to be innocent of any involvement in the escape.A police investigation is currently being undertaken into how the two prisoners managed to escape without being detected. Authorities suspect that prison guards were involved in the escape.An embarrassed Greek Government announced a series of measures in response to the escape. Nikos Dendias heralded waiving the right of owners of pre-paid mobile phones to remain anonymous so police can trace suspects calls, the more selective recruitment of prison guards and better training for all prison staff. Paleokostas and Rizai had escaped the exact same way from the same prison in June 2006 and had been due to appear in court today in connection with that escape.Paleokostas, 42, had remained at large for more than two years until being recaptured last August. While on the run, he is suspected of masterminding the June 2008 kidnapping of a prominent Greek industrialist, Giorgos Mylonas, who was held for 13 days until his family paid a ransom.Paleokostas was serving prison sentences of more than 25 years for a 1995 kidnapping, several robberies and arms possession.Rizai, 34, was serving a life term for murder. He has also been charged with carrying out two contract killings while on the run after the June 2006 helicopter escape. He was recaptured that September. The two escapees are being hailed as folk heroes by admirers of their aerial dynamics. A dozen fan clubs sprung up overnight on Facebook celebrating the pair and their daring escape. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more