Bulldog Backcourt Earn All-Louisiana Honors
April 5, 2015
RUSTON - The awards continue to pile in for the Louisiana Tech backcourt of Kenneth Smith, Raheem Appleby and Alex Hamilton as the trio was all named to the 2015 Louisiana Sports Writers Association All-Louisiana men's college basketball team announced this weekend.
All three Bulldogs who played a pivotal part in a 27-win season, an outright Conference USA regular season title and a National Invitation Tournament quarterfinal appearance received second team All-Louisiana honors.
Speedy finished the season with 267 assists, the most of any NCAA Division I player in the country, while averaging 7.4 per game. He also ranked in the top 20 in the country in total steals (69) and assists/turnover ratio (3.00).
For his career, the St. Petersburg, Fla. native accumulated 865 points, 858 assists, 537 rebounds and 258 steals and leaves LA Tech as the program's career record holder for assists and steals.
For Appleby, it was a redemption year after missing a good chunk of last season due to an injury. He ended up leading the Bulldogs in scoring with an average of 14.9 points per game, scoring in double figures in 31 of the 36 games.
He posted eight 20+ scoring performances and produced arguably his best year defensively, tallying a career-high 46 steals. The Jacksonville, Ark. native finished his career in sixth place on the all-time career scoring list with 1,770 points.
Hamilton was neck and neck with Appleby in the scoring category, finishing the year with an average of 14.7 points per game. The junior scored 27+ points in five games this season and also set a program record and NCAA-best mark this season with 20 made free throws in a single game.
The Chipley, Fla. native also produced a stellar defensive year, registering a career-best 62 steals.
All three players shined in the NIT, averaging over 10 points per game in wins over Central Michigan and Texas A&M before falling at Temple.
It is the third time Appleby has received the All-Louisiana award and the second time for both Speedy and Hamilton.
LA Tech and LSU tied with three All-Louisiana honorees on the three selected five-man teams. McNeese State, Northwestern State and ULM each had two players honored, while the All-Louisiana teams were rounded out by Centenary, Tulane and UL-Lafayette.
The All-Louisiana First Team was comprised of Louisiana Player of the Year Jarell Martin (LSU) as well as Desharick Guidry (McNeese State), Shawn Long (UL-Lafayette), Jordan Mickey (LSU) and Jalen West (Northwestern State).
LA Tech head coach Michael White finished second in the voting for Louisiana Coach of the Year.
The team/specialty awards were selected by a panel of LSWA members based on information provided by the four-year basketball playing SIDs that submitted requested information on their various teams. Media members could vote for any player on the list, while SIDs could not vote for players from their own school.
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LSWA All-Louisiana Men's College Basketball Team
Player of the Year: Jarell Martin, LSU Co-Freshmen of the Year: Jalyn Patterson, LSU & Bryce Washington, UL-Lafayette Newcomer of the Year: Keith Hornsby, LSU Coach of the Year: Keith Richard, ULM
FIRST TEAM ALL-LOUISIANA Desharick Guidry, McNeese State Shawn Long, UL-Lafayette Jarell Martin, LSU Jordan Mickey, LSU Jalen West, Northwestern State
THIRD TEAM ALL-LOUISIANA Louis Dabney, Tulane Majok Deng, ULM Kevin Hardy, McNeese State Keith Hornsby, LSU James Sapp, Centenary
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