KANSAS CITY-The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced Wednesday that Georgia State’s D’Marcus Simonds has been selected to the NABC Division I All-District 24 First Team for 2017-18, recognizing the nation’s best men’s collegiate basketball student-athletes.
By earning first-team recognition, Simonds will now be on the ballot for All-America recognition. In his first year at Georgia State, Simonds earned second-team honors.
It marks the sixth-straight season at least one Panther has been recognized. Last year, Jeremy Hollowell earned first team honors.
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’m very pleased to see D’Marcus honored with this award,” head coach Ron Hunter said. “He had a remarkable season in helping us to the NCAA Tournament and I look forward to seeing what the future holds for him.”
Simonds earned Sun Belt Player of the Year honors last week 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 enters Friday’s match-up with No. 2-seed Cincinnati averaging 21.1 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game. He is ranked No. 24 in the country in scoring and is one of just eight players ranked in the top 25 in the NCAA in scoring to make the Big Dance. He has already 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 the career scoring list with 1,106 points.
No. 15-seed Georgia State will face the Bearcats in the South Region of the NCAA Tournament on Friday at 2 p.m., in Nashville, Tenn., at Bridgestone Arena. The Panthers are playing in the Big Dance for the second time in four years and fourth time overall.