Sophomores Nic Moore and Markus Kennedy Earn NABC District Honors
March 12, 2014
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (SMU) – The No. 25/23 SMU basketball team saw sophomores Nic Moore and Markus Kennedy honored as selections to the National Association of Basketball Coaches District 25 team, the organization announced on Wednesday. The NABC recognizes the nation’s best collegiate men’s basketball student-athletes, and nominees are voted on by member coaches. Moore was a first-team selection, while Kennedy earned second-team accolades.
Moore, who was named an All-American Athletic Conference First-Team selection on Tuesday, averaged 13.9 points, 2.2 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.4 steals in 31 games. In conference play, Moore averaged 14.2 points and 4.7 assists. Moore started all 31 games, recording six 20-point games in the regular season, and finished in double figures 26 times. The Winona Lake, Ind., native also recorded his second career double-double this season, netting 14 points to go along with 10 assists in an 87-72 win over then-No. 22/22 Memphis. Moore was also selected to the U.S. Basketball Writers Association District VII team.
Kennedy, an All-AAC Second-Team honoree, played in all 31 games, starting 16, averaging 12.0 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.8 steals, 1.8 assists and 1.4 blocks. In conference play, he averaged 13.2 points and 7.6 rebounds. The Philadelphia, Pa., native scored in double figures 22 times in the regular season, and led SMU in scoring and rebounding in the same game 10 times. Kennedy scored in double figures in 14-straight games from Dec. 4-Feb.1, SMU's longest streak of the season, and recorded five double-doubles in that stretch.
They have helped lead the Mustangs to their first national ranking since the 1984-85 season, and have defeated four ranked opponents for the first time since the 1955-56 season. SMU has also won 23 games for the first time since the 1987-88 season, and has totaled 12 conference victories for the first time since the 1992-93 season. The Mustangs were 15-1 at home this season, including a 9-1 record in-front of seven sellout crowns at the renovated Moody Coliseum.
The Mustangs (23-8, 12-6 American) begin American Athletic Conference Tournament play on Thursday against Houston at 12 p.m. CT at the FedEx Forum in Memphis. The quarterfinal matchup will air on ESPNU.