Day: January 22, 2015

Georgia State’s Harrow Named to Lou Henson Mid-Season Watch List

Georgia State guard Ryan HarrowPhoto credit: Joe Imel
Georgia State guard Ryan Harrow
Photo credit: Joe Imel

Release from Georgia State Athletics:

Georgia State senior Ryan Harrow has been named to the Lou Henson Award Mid-Season Watch List as announced by CollegeInsider.com. Harrow was previously named to the preseason watch list and is one of 40 players on the mid-season list.

The Lou Henson Award is presented annually to the Division I “Mid-Major” Player of the Year. The award is named in honor of Henson who retired after a spectacular coaching career that lasted 41 years.

The 2015 recipient will be announced at the CollegeInsider.com Awards Banquet on April 3 in Indianapolis, site of the 2015 men’s NCAA Basketball Championship.

Harrow leads the Panthers and is second in the Sun Belt in scoring, averaging 20.4 points per game, which is also 11th in the nation. He is also averaging 4.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game, while shooting 49.1 percent from the floor and 40.0 percent from 3-point range.

He enters play on Saturday just 49 points shy of 1,000 in his two seasons at Georgia State, already have surpassed 1,500 points for his career.

Harrow has scored 20 or more points in 11 of 17 games this season, including a season-high 29 against Texas State earlier this month. He has currently scored 20 or more in each of the last five games.

Harrow was an All-Sun Belt First-Team selection last season and named to the 2014 Sun Belt All-Tournament Team following Georgia State’s run to the tournament championship game. He was selected by the coaches as an All-Sun Belt Preseason First Team member as well.

Georgia State (12-7, 5-3 Sun Belt) sits just a game and a half out of first place in the league. The Panthers will host UL Lafayette on Saturday at 2 p.m. in the GSU Sports Arena.

Georgia Tech’s Mason on South Team in Senior Bowl

Georgia Tech senior offensive guard Shaq Mason (70)Photo credit: Danny Karnik
Georgia Tech senior offensive guard Shaq Mason (70)
Photo credit: Danny Karnik

Release from Georgia Tech Athletics:

Georgia Tech offensive line Shaquille Mason will play for the South team Saturday in the 2015 Reese’s Senior Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. ET on NFL Network.

Mason is the 54th Yellow Jacket to play in the Senior Bowl and the first offensive lineman since Mansfield Wrotto in 2007.

The Columbia, Tenn., native started all 14 games at right guard for Tech’s 2014 Orange Bowl champion team. He was named a first-team All-American by USA TODAY, second team by Sports Illustrated, FWAA, and Phil Steele, and third team by the Associated Press. He helped anchor the offensive line that blocked for the nation’s top rushing offense that accumulated a school-record 4,789 rushing yards.

Mason and the Jackets offensive line allowed just 0.79 sacks per game in 2014, leading the ACC and ranking second nationally.

Kennesaw State’s Chambers Tabbed A-Sun Preseason Co-Defensive Player of the Year

kennesaw state logoRelease from Kennesaw State Athletics:

Junior Kara Chambers was named the Atlantic Sun Conference Preseason Co-Defensive Player of the Year along with Stetson’s Brittany Hawn, the league office announced on Wednesday afternoon (Jan. 21).

“We are very proud of Kara for receiving this very prestigious preseason honor,” said interim head coach Tory Acheson. “She is an amazing teammate and a great leader. She is very deserving and I am excited to see what she has in store for the 2015 season.”

Chambers, who earned A-Sun Defensive Player of the Year and A-Sun Second-Team All-Conference a season ago, was the defensive catalyst for the Kennesaw State softball team in 2014, seeing action in all 53 games and starting 52 contests at third base for the Owls.

The Kennesaw, Ga., native owned a .983 fielding percentage with 68 putouts and 110 assists, while only committing three errors this season. Her 110 assists also ranked tied for eighth in overall play.

In conference action, Chambers posted a 1.000 fielding percentage, to rank in a tie for first in the A-Sun, while also registering 33 putouts and 52 assists, with her 52 assists ranking ninth in the A-Sun.

The Owls were picked to finish sixth in the Preseason Softball Coaches Poll with 26 points, while USC Upstate earned the top position with 64 points, including all eight first-place votes. Lipscomb (55) and Stetson (45) rounded out the top-three in the poll.

The Spartans’ Shellie Robinson was named Preseason Player of the Year, while teammate Lexi Shubert was a unanimous selection as Preseason Pitcher of the Year.

Chambers and the Owls, who return 11 players from last season’s 24-29 team, are set to open the 2015 campaign with the KSU Classic on February 6-8 at Bailey Park. KSU begins the tournament with a 12:30 p.m. ET game against Ohio on Friday, Feb. 6.