ATLANTA-Georgia State sophomore guard D’Marcus Simonds who led the Panthers back to the NCAA tournament this year has earned AP All-America Honorable Mention recognition as announced by the Associated Press on Wednesday.
Simonds becomes the fourth Panther in program history to earn the honor and the first since R.J. Hunter was recognized following both the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons.
The sophomore capped a remarkable season by leading the No. 15-seed Panthers to the Big Dance for the second time in four years. Simonds scored the first 16 Georgia State points of the game against No. 2-seed Cincinnati. The Panthers led midway through the second half of the first round game before falling to the Bearcats.
“It was a great season for D’Marcus and our entire Georgia State program,” head coach Ron Hunter said. “This is a great honor for him and is well deserved. As I said a few weeks ago, I look forward to seeing what the future holds for D’Marcus as he is a talented young man with an extremely bright future.”
Simonds earned Sun Belt Player of the Year honors along with All-Sun Belt First Team honors just a year after garnering the league’s freshman of the year award. He was also named the Sun Belt Conference Tournament MVP after scoring 27 points to lead the Panthers to a second conference title in the last four years.
Simonds finished the year averaging a school-record 21.2 points, 5.6 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game. He ranked among the top 25 in the country in scoring and was one of just eight players ranked in the top 25 in the NCAA in points per game to make the NCAA tournament. He shattered R.J. Hunter’s single-season school record of 688 points and Ryan Harrow’s single-season school record for made field goals.
Despite being just a sophomore, he currently stands No. 15 on Georgia State’s career scoring list with 1,133 points.
Simonds joins Shernard Long (2001), Thomas Terrell (2002) and R.J. Hunter (2014 & 2015) as Panthers to earn AP All-America recognition.
2018 MEN'S AP ALL-AMERICA TEAM LIST
Jalen Brunson, Villanova
Deandre Ayton, Arizona
Trae Young, Oklahoma
Marvin Bagley III, Duke
Devonte' Graham, Kansas
Keita Bates-Diop, Ohio State
Trevon Bluiett, Xavier
Jock Landale, Saint Mary's
Miles Bridges, Michigan State
Jevon Carter, West Virginia
Keenan Evans, Texas Tech
Carsen Edwards, Purdue
Mikal Bridges, Villanova
Luke Maye, North Carolina
Kyle Guy, Virginia
Honorable Mention (alphabetical order)
Jaylen Adams, St. Bonaventure; Peyton Aldridge, Davidson; Grayson Allen, Duke; Mo Bamba, Texas; Trae Bell-Haynes, Vermont; Joel Berry II, North Carolina; Bogdan Bliznyuk, Eastern Washington; Desonta Bradford, ETSU; Tony Carr, Penn State; Gary Clark, Cincinnati; Xavier Cooks, Winthrop; Jermaine Crumpton, Canisius; Clayton Custer, Loyola of Chicago; Mike Daum, South Dakota State; Angel Delgado, Seton Hall; Kahlil Dukes, Niagara; Tre'Shaun Fletcher, Toledo; Marcus Foster, Creighton; Brandon Goodwin, Florida Gulf Coast; Isaac Haas, Purdue; Aaron Holiday, UCLA; Jordan Howard, Central Arkansas; Jemerrio Jones, New Mexico State; Nick King, Middle Tennessee; Kevin Knox, Kentucky; Fletcher Magee, Wofford; Caleb Martin, Nevada; Kelan Martin, Butler; Yante Maten, Georgia; Martaveous McKnight, Arkansas-Pine Bluff; Kendrick Nunn, Oakland; Shamorie Ponds, St. John's; Jerome Robinson, Boston College; Junior Robinson, Mount St. Mary's; Colin Sexton, Alabama; Landry Shamet, Wichita State; T.J. Shorts II, UC Davis; D'Marcus Simonds, Georgia State; Jonathan Stark, Murray State; Brandon Tabb, Bethune-Cookman; Zach Thomas, Bucknell; Seth Towns, Harvard; Allonzo Trier, Arizona; Grant Williams, Tennessee; Johnathan Williams, Gonzaga; Justin Wright-Foreman, Hofstra.