Bulldog Backcourt Trio Named All-Conference USA

March 9, 2015

RUSTON - Louisiana Tech's backcourt trio earned 2015 all-conference accolades, announced by the Conference USA office on Monday, after leading the Bulldogs to an outright conference regular season title.

LA Tech senior Kenneth Smith was a first team selection while both senior Raheem Appleby and junior Alex Hamilton were named to the second team.

The league revealed three all-conference teams made up of five players each with the Bulldogs having the most players selected. WKU had the second most with two while 10 other teams each had one.

It marked the first time LA Tech had three players selected all-conference in the same year since 1992 when Ron Ellis, Anthony Dade and P.J. Brown all made the All-Sun Belt team.

For a third straight season, Speedy was named first team becoming the first LA Tech player to do so since Gerrod Henderson (2000-02).

The point guard out of St. Petersburg, Florida ranked third in the country and first in the league in assists per game (7.5) while also ranking 12th in the country and first in the league in assist/turnover ratio (3.15).

Speedy posted two double-doubles this season and registered double-digit scoring seven times, including a season-high 17 points which came on Feb. 26 versus UTEP.

On the defensive end, he anchored a team that forced a league-best 16.1 turnovers and averaged 8.55 steals per game. He has tallied 56 steals which is third most in the league.

For Appleby, it was the third time as well and could have been the fourth had he not suffered an ankle injury last season that sidelined him for much of the conference season.

The Jacksonville, Arkansas native rebounded from the setback to average a team-high 15.7 points per game, sixth most in the league, while scoring double figures in 28 of 31 games. In the first three C-USA games, he tallied 77 total points.

 

 

Appleby also had arguably his best year defensively. He has a career-high 46 steals this season, averaging 1.42 per game which ranks in the top 10 in the league.

After being named third team All-CUSA last season, Hamilton earned second team honors. He was a three-time conference player of the week selection finishing up the regular season with an average of 15.2 points per game, scoring 27+ points in five games.

The Chipley, Florida native also set an NCAA-best mark this year with 20 made free throws versus Middle Tennessee on Jan. 17.

He also has a team-best 57 steals while ranking second in the league with 1.84 steals per game and is second on the team in assists per game with an average of 2.6.

Voting on the awards was done by the C-USA head coaches and media members in each conference city.

As the No. 1 seed in the C-USA Tournament set to take place in Birmingham, Alabama, LA Tech will face the winner of North Texas and Rice on Thursday night at 8:30 p.m. inside Legacy Arena (BJCC) in the quarterfinals. Fans are reminded that tickets are still available for $180 which includes tickets to every game (both men's and women's sessions). To purchase your tickets to the tourney, call the Tech Ticket Office at 318-257-3631, email techtickets@latech.edu or online HERE.

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