ATLANTA-The Atlanta Tipoff Club announced on Friday that Georgia State sophomore D’Marcus Simonds has been named the Georgia Men’s College Co-Player of the Year following a remarkable season with the Panthers.
Simonds, who earned Sun Belt Player of the Year honors and was named the conference tournament MVP, will share the award with Georgia’s Yante Maten who was named the SEC Player of the Year.
Simonds, who also earned All-Sun Belt First Team honors led Georgia State to a second NCAA Tournament appearance in the last four years. Last week while facing No. 2-seed Cincinnati, Simonds scored the first 16 Georgia State points en route to a 24-point performance.
“This is a great honor for D’Marcus,” head coach Ron Hunter said. “He had a remarkable sophomore season. The growth in his game from his freshman to sophomore seasons was impressive. This award is a culmination of all his hard work and he is certainly worthy.”
Simonds finished the season averaging a school-record 21.2 points per game while grabbing 5.7 rebounds and dishing out 4.4 assists per contest. He is ranked No. 24 in the country in scoring and was one of just eight players ranked in the top 25 in the NCAA in scoring to make the Big Dance. 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 the career scoring list with 1,133 points.
The Gainesville, Ga., native scored 27 points in the Sun Belt Conference Championship Game as the Panthers topped UT Arlington to earn the league’s automatic bid. In two seasons, Simonds has led Georgia State to 44 wins and a pair of Sun Belt regular season runner-up finishes.
Simonds becomes the fourth Panther in the last seven years to earn the award. Ryan Harrow (2015), R.J. Hunter (2014) and Eric Buckner (2012) have also recently been recognized.