KANSAS CITY-The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced Wednesday that Georgia State’s Jeremy Hollowell and D’Marcus Simonds have been selected to the NABC Division I All-District 24 teams for 2016-17, recognizing the nation’s best men’s collegiate basketball student-athletes.
Hollowell earned first team recognition and will now be on the ballot for All-America recognition. Simonds, in his first year at Georgia State, earned second team honors.
It marks the fifth-straight season at least one Panther has been recognized. Hollowell earned second team honors last year.
The awards are selected and voted on by member coaches of the NABC. A total of 250 student-athletes from 25 districts are now eligible for the NABC Coaches’ Division I All-America teams.
“I was pleased to see Jeremy and D’Marcus honored in this way,” head coach Ron Hunter said. “Jeremy had two remarkable seasons with us and I look forward to seeing what the future holds for him. D’Marcus’ career is just beginning at Georgia State and is already off to a great start.”
Hollowell earned All-Sun Belt Second Team honors this season after averaging 15.2 points and 5.9 rebounds per game, leading the Panthers to a runner-up finish in the league. He knocked down a team-high 59 3-pointers, while shooting 33.5 percent from beyond the arc. Hollowell finished his two-year career among the top 25 all-time in scoring at Georgia State.
Simonds was named Sun Belt Freshman of the Year and earned All-Sun Belt Third Team honors after a remarkable first season with the Panthers. He averaged 13.4 points and 4.0 rebounds, making 22 starts, while shooting 53.5 percent from the floor. Simonds tied for the team lead with 36 steals.
Georgia State advanced to postseason play for the fourth time in six years after winning 20 games for the seventh time in program history. The Panthers will return three starters for the 2017-18 season.