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Thu March 6, 2014
Lions pick up four all-LSC honors
Texas A&M University-Commerce had four basketball players honored for their in-season accomplishments at the Lone Star Conference Awards Banquet on Mar. 4.
LaDon Carnegie's first-team all-LSC selection and was one-of-five first-team selections and was joined by teammate Devondrick Walker who earned a second-team nod. In addition to Carnegie and Walker, Christian Macauley was named the league's defensive player of the year and De'Andre Carson was named the freshman of the year.
Carnegie is the 64th Lion to earn all-LSC first team honors and is the first since Desmond King in 2010-11 to get the nod. He currently sits eighth in the LSC in scoring (15.5 ppg), seventh in rebounding (5.9 rpg) and ninth in steals (1.3 spg). Meanwhile, his 52.9 percent mark from beyond the three-point line is tops in the league.
He was just named the LSC Offensive Player of the Week on Monday after exploding for 34 points in the Lions' 79-76 upset of then No. 2 Tarleton State on Saturday.
Walker's second-team selection is the first all-conference nod for the senior from Garland, and well deserved after finishing the regular season ranked in the top 10 in the league in scoring at 14.1 points per game. He also leads the league with a 91.0-percent mark from the foul stripe, and sits third in the league, hitting 44.2 percent of his three-pointers.
Macauley is the fourth Lion to ever win the LSC Defensive Player of the Year, and the first since Stacy Lamb in 1997-98. The sophomore currently ranks in the top 10 in the country and leads the league with 2.7 blocks per game, picking up multiple blocks in 20 of the Lions' 26 games this season. He's also averaging 9.4 points and ranks in the top five in the league with 7.4 rebounds per game.
Closing out the awards for the Lions was Carson, who became the seventh Freshman of the Year from A&M-Commerce in program history and the first since Preston Whitley earned the honor in 2009-10. He's averaging 7.0 point and 2.3 assists per game coming into the LSC Tournament, having earned starts in each of the Lions' past four games, all Lion wins.
The Lions open up the LSC Tournament on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. as the No. 4 seed vs No. 5 Eastern New Mexico. All games will be played at the Allen Event Center in Allen, Texas.