Men's Basketball: Panthers place record three players on USA South All-Conference teams

Men's Basketball: Panthers place record three players on USA South All-Conference teams

The LaGrange men's basketball team placed a record three players on the USA South All-Conference teams as announced by the conference office.

Seniors Jamison McCray and Travis Thompson were named to the second team. Senior Jalen McCallum was a third team selection. Senior Elijah Adedoyin was LC's representative on the All-Sportsmanship team.

"Congratulations to these four young men," Coach Kendal Wallace said.  "They all are incredible people as well as hard working student-athletes."    

McCray, a guard, led the team in scoring, averaging 15.3 points per game. He also led the team in field goal attempts (268) and field goals made (133). McCray was fourth in the USA South conference with an 84.7 free throw percentage (81-of-96). He finished his career with 873 points. 

"Jamison has overcome so much adversity this year and has done it with a smile on his face and a strong desire to succeed and every task he was challenged with," Wallace pointed out.  "This is a great award for him and it shows him the respect that all of the coaches in our league have for what he has done on the basketball court."

Thompson averaged 13.6 points and 6.5 rebounds per game at forward. He shot 51.9 percent from the floor and 78.5 percent from the free throw line. Thompson was third on the team in 3-point field goals (31) and assists (51).He finished with 943 career points and 491 rebounds.

"Travis has improved his game every year he has been here," said Wallace. "He has earned every accolade that he has been selected for over his four years. Travis was probably our hardest worker this season in practice as well as on his own time. When he was mentally focused, he was probably one of the best players we have had here at LC during my coaching time here."

McCallum averaged 12.5 points per game. He led the team and was fifth in the conference in rebounding, averaging 7.5 per game. McCallum was first in the conference with 95 blocks, setting a new single-season record. He leads all NCAA divisions with 3.8 blocks per game. He set a new school career record with 135 blocks. In addition, McCallum was second in the conference in shooting, making 61.1 percent of his shots.

"Jalen was one of our hardest workers in the off-season.  I wish I had him for all four years," Wallace said of McCallum, who transferred to LaGrange from Eastern Connecticut State. "Hopefully we can get an overseas look for him as I believe his best basketball is yet to come.  It was truly heartbreaking to not have him be able to compete in the conference tournament game with the rest of his teammates because of a concussion." 

Adedoyin played in all 26 games with 15 starts. He averaged 5.3 points and 2.7 rebounds per game. Adedoyin was fifth on the team with 37 assists. 

"Elijah has been our "do-it-all' guy for four years," Wallace said of Adedoyin, who was USA South Academic All-Conference all four years. "His freshman year we emphasized rebounding and he averaged 5 rebounds a game.  His sophomore year he was a 3-point  shooting specialist, where he shot 38.5 percent from 3-point range.  His junior year, he concentrated on driving to the basket.  And his senior year, he became our lock down defender.  He's a very versatile young man and proud of him for everything he has accomplished."