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ASU’s Kirkland Named Third Team All-Sun Belt Conferenc

After leading Arkansas State in scoring this past season, senior forward Malcoln Kirkland has been named third-team All-Sun Belt Conference announced the league office Wednesday. The awards are voted on by the league coaches and members of the media.
JONESBORO, Ark  – After leading Arkansas State in scoring this past season, senior forward Malcoln Kirkland has been named third-team All-Sun Belt Conference announced the league office Wednesday. The awards are voted on by the league coaches and members of the media.

Kirkland averaged 12.1 points per game in all games and 13.1 points per game in conference only games this past season while ranking second on the team averaging 6.0 rebounds per game and 24 blocked shots.

Kirkland led the Red Wolves in scoring eight times throughout the season, including putting up career-high 30 against Lyon College and scoring 22 at Western Kentucky. Kirkland scored in double-digits 20 times during the season and had a double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds at home against Seattle. His 30-point game against Lyon helped earn him Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week honors on Dec. 20.

“I’m proud of Malcoln and the progress he has made since he has been here,” said ASU head coach John Brady. “I think his selection on the third team all-conference team is deserving and I’m looking forward to him finishing his career at the Sun Belt Tournament in a positive way.”

In the league standings, Kirkland leads the league in field goal percentage connecting on 57.2% of his shots in all games and 62.5% in league only games and ranks 11th in scoring and rebounding. He is also fifth in offensive rebounding.

Middle Tennessee’s LaRon Dendy was named the league’s player of the year while Kermit Davis was named coach of the year.

The Red Wolves return to action on Saturday at the Sun Belt Conference Tournament. ASU faces FloridaAtlantic in the opening round; tip off is set for 6:15 p.m.


First Team All-Sun Belt Conference
D’Andre Williams (UALR, Sr., G)
Chris Udofia (Denver, So., F)
LaRon Dendy (Middle Tennessee, Sr., F)
Tony Mitchell (North Texas, Fr., F)
Augustine Rubit (South Alabama, So., F)

Second Team All-Sun Belt Conference
Will Neighbour (UALR, So., F)
Brian Stafford (Denver, Sr., G)
DeJuan Wright (FIU, Sr., G)
Josh Brown (Louisiana-Lafayette, Sr., G)
Marcos Knight (Middle Tennessee, Jr., G)

Third Team All-Sun Belt Conference
Malcoln Kirkland (Arkansas State, Sr., F)
Jeremy Allen (FIU, Sr., G)
Phil Taylor (FIU, So., G)
JT Sulton (Middle Tennessee, Jr., F)
Derrick Gordon (WKU, Fr., G)

Player of the Year
LaRon Dendy (Middle Tennessee, Sr., F)

Defensive Player of the Year
Chris Udofia (Denver, So., F)

Freshman of the Year
Tony Mitchell (North Texas, Fr., F)

Joe Gottfried Coach of the Year
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