ATLANTA - Georgia State basketball standout D’Marcus Simonds is the Georgia State Student-Athlete of the Week, powered by the U.S. Marines, after leading the Panthers to a 2-0 week while averaging 26.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game.
The sophomore from Gainesville, Ga., shot 46.8 percent from the floor, including 6-of-12 from 3-point range, and connected on 16-of-22 from the free throw line in the two Sun Belt Conference victories.
Simonds opened the week by scoring 19 points in the Panthers' 73-64 win over Little Rock. He went 11-of-15 from the free throw line with five rebounds, six assists, two blocked shots and two steals.
The reigning Sun Belt Freshman of the Year then went for 33 points, just two shy of his career-high, by going 12-of-20 from the floor, 4-of-7 from 3-point range and 5-of-7 from the charity stripe to pace the Panthers' 79-75 win over Arkansas State. That marked Simonds' third 30-point game of the season. He added nine rebounds, just missing his third double-double of the year, along with two assists.
For the season, Simonds is averaging a Sun Belt-best 21.8 points per game, 5.4 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game while shooting 45.1 percent from the floor.
Georgia State will return to action Thursday at Appalachian State.