KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Senior forward Kevin Hervey became the first UT Arlington men's basketball player to earn consecutive first team all-district honors from the National Association of Basketball Coaches, the organization announced today.
The Arlington native is one of five players on the NABC's all-District 24 team, along with Frank Bartley of Louisiana, Tookie Brown of Georgia Southern, D'Marcus Simons of Georgia State and Bryce Washington of Louisiana.
NABC member coaches select first and second team all-district honorees from among NCAA Division I programs in 25 districts across the country.
Hervey, a 2-time first team all-Sun Belt Conference selection and the 2017 league player of the year, earned first team NABC and United States Basketball Writers of America all-district honors last season as a junior. He is the first UTA player to earn first team NABC honors twice. Teammate Erick Neal was a second team selection in 2016 and 2017.
The program's all-time leading rebounder and second-leading scorer, Hervey recently concluded the 2018 season just two points shy of the program's highest scoring single season. He finished second in the Sun Belt in scoring and rebounding with averages of 20.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game.
The Mavericks concluded their season Sunday with a 21-13 overall record and a loss in the Sun Belt Championship final. UTA has won 20 or more games in each of the last three seasons and its 72 wins during that period is the second-most among Division I programs in the state of Texas.
Including Hervey and Neal, the program loses eight seniors from this year's team: Mairega Clarke, Johnny Hamilton, Julian Harris, Nathan Hawkins, Link Kabadyundi and Kaelon Wilson. The senior class accounted for 91 percent of the team's scoring and 89 percent of its rebounding.
D'Marcus Simons, Georgia State
Kevin Hervey, UT Arlington
Tookie Brown, Georgia Southern
Frank Bartley, Louisiana
Bryce Washington, Louisiana
Jordan Varnado, Troy
Ronshad Shabazz, Appalachian State
Jakeenan Gant, Louisiana
Rodrick Sikes, South Alabama
Travis Munnings, ULM
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About the National Association of Basketball Coaches
Located in Kansas City, Mo., the NABC was founded in 1927 by Phog Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as Guardians of the Game. The NABC currently has nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men's basketball coaches. All members of the NABC are expected to uphold the core values of being a Guardian of the Game by bringing attention to the positive aspects of the sport of basketball and the role coaches play in the academic and athletic lives of today's student-athletes. The four core values of being a Guardian of the Game are advocacy, leadership, service and education. Additional information about the NABC, its programs and membership, can be found at www.nabc.com.
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