Smith, Hamilton Named to All-LSWA Teams


 

 

April 13, 2014

RUSTON - After helping lead the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs to a share of the Conference USA regular season title and a spot in the National Invitation Tournament quarterfinals, guards Kenneth Smith and Alex Hamilton were selected to the All-LSWA teams in a vote by a panel of statewide media members and sports information directors.

Smith was named to the second team while Hamilton was named to the third team, adding to their numerous other postseason accolades.

On the year, Speedy shattered program and C-USA record for most assists with 278, ranking second in the country with an average of 7.7 per game while dishing out at least eight assists in 19 games played.

The junior point guard also set two program records on defense for most steals (90) in a single season and the most steals in a single game (eight), recording at least three swipes in 15 games.

Most notable for assists and steals, the St. Petersburg, Fla. native could also score the basketball and be relentless on the glass as he showed in the NIT matchup at Florida State where he had one of his team-high five double-doubles with 16 points and 14 rebounds.

He rounded out the season averaging 7.8 points per game with a 37 percent shooting clip from beyond the arc, second highest on the team.

Joining Smith on the second team were Brandon Davis (LSU-Shreveport), Jordan Mickey (LSU), Ledrick Eackles (McNeese State) and Louis Dabney (Tulane).

Hamilton was the Bulldogs leading scorer with an average of 14.5 points per game in starting every game for LA Tech. He registered double figures in scoring in 30 of the 37 games and was the team's leading scorer 11 times.

The sophomore will forever be remembered for his performance at Oklahoma where he poured in a career-high 31 points, including 10 in overtime in the upset victory over the Sooners who finished in second place in the Big 12.

 

 

He was also second on the team in assists per game (2.9) and steals per game (1.4). The Chipley, Fla. native dished out at least 10 assists in two games, both of which he had double-doubles in.

With his uncanny ability to play through traffic and draw fouls, Hamilton wound up breaking the sophomore record for most made free throws.

Joining Hamilton on the third team were Will Nelson (LSU-Shreveport), Tylor Ongwae (ULM), Calvin Godfrey (Southern) and McCall Tomeny (Loyola).

This marked the first All-Louisiana award for both guards. Picking up the Louisiana Coach of the Year honor was UL-Lafayette's Bob Marlin. For the second consecutive year, Bulldog head coach Michael White finished second in the voting.

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2014 All-Louisiana Men's College Basketball Team

FIRST TEAM Elfrid Payton, UL-Lafayette (Player of the Year) Johnny O'Bryant III, LSU Jalan West, Northwestern State Shawn Long, UL-Lafayette Jonathan Blount, Centenary

SECOND TEAM Kenneth Smith, Louisiana Tech Brandon Davis, LSU-Shreveport Jordan Mickey, LSU (Freshman of the Year) Ledrick Eackles, McNeese State Louis Dabney, Tulane

THIRD TEAM Will Nelson, LSU-Shreveport (Newcomer of the Year) Tylor Ongwae, ULM Calvin Godfrey, Southern Alex Hamilton, Louisiana Tech McCall Tomeny, Loyola