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Georgia State’s Simonds named Sun Belt Freshman of the Year

Consistently rated as one of the top five high school players in Georgia, and among the top-100 in the nation last year, Georgia State‘s freshman sensation D’Marcus Simonds has been named Sun Belt Freshman of the Year.

D’Marcus Simonds, a freshman guard out of Gainesville, averaged 26.6 minutes and 13.1 points per game for the Panthers this season. He is just the second freshman in program history to receive the award, following in the footsteps of R.J. Hunter.

Simonds was also named to the All-Sun Belt Third Team. He had a season high 26 points against NJIT and again against Troy later in the year.

“The future is very bright for [D’Marcus],” GSU head coach Ron Hunter said in a release. “I think these are just the first of many awards that [Simonds] will receive in the future.”

In other honors for the Panthers, Senior Jeremy Hollowell picked up All-Sun Belt Second Team recognition for the first time in his career.

“I’ve known Jeremy for a very long time,” Coach Hunter said of the veteran player. “It was great for him to be honored as a senior.”

The panthers open up Sun Belt tournament play on Friday against the winner of No. 7 Louisiana and No. 10 Little Rock. The game will stream live on WatchESPN.

Below is the full list of Sun Belt basketball honors:

First Team All-Sun Belt

Tookie Brown (Georgia Southern, Sophomore, G, Sport Management)

Ike Smith (Georgia Southern, Sophomore, G, Sport Management)

Kevin Hervey (UTA, Junior, F, Interdisciplinary Studies)

Kavin Gilder-Tilbury (Texas State, Senior, F, General Studies)

Jordon Varnado (Troy, Sophomore, F)

Second Team All-Sun Belt

Devin Carter (Arkansas State, RS Senior, G, Interdisciplinary Studies)

Jeremy Hollowell (Georgia State, Senior, F, Interdisciplinary Studies)

Bryce Washington (Louisiana, Junior, F, Accounting)

Jay Wright (Louisiana, Senior, G, General Studies)

Erick Neal (UTA, Junior, G, Broadcast Communications)

Third Team All-Sun Belt

Ronshad Shabazz (Appalachian State, Sophomore, G, Undecided)

Jaylen Shaw (Coastal Carolina, Junior, G)

D’Marcus Simonds (Georgia State, Freshman, G, Undecided)

Frank Bartley IV (Louisiana, Junior, G, Sociology)

Wesley Person (Troy, Junior, G, Global Business)

Player of the Year

Kevin Hervey (UTA, Junior, F, Interdisciplinary Studies)

Defensive Player of the Year

Jay Wright (Louisiana, Senior, G, General Studies)

Freshman of the Year

D’Marcus Simonds (Georgia State, Freshman, G, Undecided)

Newcomer of the Year

Frank Bartley IV (Louisiana, Junior, G, Sociology)

Joe Gottfried Coach of the Year

Scott Cross, UTA

 

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Blake Silvers is an editor at the Rome News-Tribune, and a contributor at Fansided. His work frequently appears on FoxSports.com, and he has also written for Bleacher Report in the past.