MBB: Hervey earns All-America recognition

March 29, 2017

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Junior Kevin Hervey became the second UTA men's basketball player to earn All-America recognition Tuesday when he was named an honorable mention selection by the Associated Press.

Hervey, the Sun Belt Player of the Year, is the only player from the Sun Belt Conference and one of just four players from programs in the state of Texas to earn recognition from the Associated Press. The Arlington native also earned all-district honors by the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the United State Basketball Writers of America.

"I am extremely happy Kevin has been recognized on the AP All-America team," said UTA head coach Scott Cross, the Sun Belt Coach of the Year. "AP All-America is probably the most prestigious individual award for college basketball players and to be mentioned as one of the best players in the nation is an amazing accomplishment.

"Kevin is very deserving of the recognition he has received this year. I'm very excited to see all the great things he is going to do in the future. He has a tremendous upside and is only going to get better. I think the honors he has received this year are only the tip of the iceberg."

Hervey is the 35th student-athlete in Sun Belt men's basketball history, and the third since 2012, to earn AP All-America recognition. The only other UTA player to earn AP All-America honors was Marquez Hayes, who was selected as a honorable mention selection in 2010.

Hervey averaged 17.1 points and 8.5 rebounds per game, despite coming off a sophomore season that saw him miss the final 19 games after suffering a season-ending knee injury. Despite the injury, Hervey was named the Sun Belt Preseason Player of the Year and received significant attention from professional scouts throughout the season.


 

 

Despite playing limited minutes through the early part of the season, Hervey posted 16 double-doubles in points and rebounds and registered the fourth-highest scoring single season in program history with 597 total points. After three seasons, he is 15th on the program's list for career scorers and 10th in rebounding.

UTA concluded its season last week with a 27-9 overall record and a quarterfinal appearance in the National Invitation Tournament. The Mavericks set a program record for wins in a season, won their first-ever Sun Belt Conference regular season title and went 14-1 in College Park Center.

The season was full of firsts for the program. The team earned its first-ever victory over an AP top-25 ranked program when it defeated then No. 12 Saint Mary's 65-51 in Moraga and defeated the University of Texas for the first time in series history, a 72-61 win in Austin.

First Team
Frank Mason III, Kansas, 5-11, 190, senior, Petersburg, Va.
Josh Hart, Villanova, 6-5½, 215, senior, Silver Spring, Md.
Caleb Swanigan, Purdue, 6-9, 250, sophomore, Fort Wayne, Ind.
Lonzo Ball, UCLA, 6-6, 190, freshman, Chino Hills, Calif.
Justin Jackson, North Carolina, 6-8, 210, junior, Tomball, Texas

Second Team
Nigel Williams-Goss, Gonzaga, 6-3, 195, junior, Happy Valley, Ore.
Luke Kennard, Duke, 6-6, 202, sophomore, Franklin, Ohio
Malik Monk, Kentucky, 6-3, 200, freshman, Lepanto, Ark.
Dillon Brooks, Oregon, 6-7, 225, junior, Mississauga, Ontario
Johnathan Motley, Baylor, 6-10, 230, junior, Houston

Third Team
Josh Jackson, Kansas, 6-8, 207, freshman, Detroit, Mich.
Markelle Fultz, Washington, 6-4, 195, freshman, Upper Marlboro, Md.
Bonzie Colson, Notre Dame, 6-5, 225, junior, New Bedford, Mass.
Ethan Happ, Wisconsin, 6-10, 232, sophomore, Milan, Ill.
Lauri Markkanen, Arizona, 7-0, 230, freshman, Jyvaskyla, Finland

Honorable Mention (in alphabetical order)
Ian Baker, New Mexico State; Trae Bell-Haynes, Vermont; Evan Bradds, Belmont; Gian Clavell, Colorado State; T.J. Cline, Richmond; Patrick Cole, N.C. Central; Mike Daum, South Dakota State; Angel Delgado, Seton Hall; Jawun Evans, Oklahoma State; Nana Foulland, Bucknell; De'Aaron Fox, Kentucky; Jerome Frink, LIU Brooklyn; Kevin Hervey, UTA; Isaiah Johnson, Akron; Keon Johnson, Winthrop; Peter Jok, Iowa; Przemek Karnowski, Gonzaga; Marcus Keene, Central Michigan; Jock Landale, Saint Mary's; TJ Leaf, UCLA; Paris Lee, Illinois State; Zach Lofton, Texas Southern; Donovan Mitchell, Louisville; Dallas Moore, North Florida; Monte Morris, Iowa State; Luke Nelson, UC Irvine; Semi Ojeleye, SMU; Alec Peters, Valparaiso; Justin Robinson, Monmouth; Devin Sibley, Furman; Dennis Smith Jr., N.C. State; Erik Thomas, New Orleans; Sindarius Thornwell, South Carolina; Melo Trimble, Maryland; Spencer Weisz, Princeton; Jacob Wiley, Eastern Washington; JaCorey Williams, Middle Tennessee; T.J. Williams, Northeastern.

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