Freshman Jonathan Stark
April 1, 2014
NEW ORLEANS - Jonathan Stark, a guard for the Tulane men's basketball team, was named to the CollegeInsider.com Freshman All-American team, it was announced by the organization on Monday.
The list of the 26 freshman All-Americans are also finalists for the 2014 Kyle Macy National Freshman of the Year Award given by CollegeInsider.com.
Stark, who was also named to the Conference USA All-Freshman team, finished his first collegiate season with a scoring average of 14.5 points, 4.2 assists and 2.6 rebounds per game to help guide the Green Wave to a 17-17 overall record, an 8-8 C-USA finished and an appearance in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI).
"This is an outstanding honor for Jonathan," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "He really developed throughout the season and helped this team accomplish many of our goals. He has outstanding coachability and attacked every practice and every game with a lot of enthusiasm and energy."
In addition to Stark, the finalists include Deandre Bembry (St. Joseph's), Myles Davis (Xavier), James Daniel (Howard), Rodney Elliott (UMBC), Joel Embiid (Kansas), Tyler Ennis (Syracuse), Shannon Evans (Buffalo), Kahlil Felder (Oakland), Aaron Gordon (Arizona), Khallid Hart (Marist), Vincent Hunter (UTEP), Rysheed Jordan (St. John's), Tim Kempton (Lehigh), E.C. Matthews (Rhode Island), Jordan Mickey (LSU), Jabari Parker (Duke), London Perrantes (Virginia), Cameron Payne (Murray State), Bobby Portis (Arkansas), Julius Randle (Kentucky), Sindarius Thornwell (South Carolina), Noah Vonleh (Indiana), Paul Watson (Fresno), Andrew Wiggins (Kansas) and Marquis Wright (Siena).
The Kyle Macy award is presented annually to the top freshman in Division I college basketball. The 1975 Indiana "Mr. Basketball" played his freshman season at Purdue University. Macy averaged 13.8 points a game as a freshman, while leading the Boilermakers in free throws, shooting .859 percent from the line on the season. He started in 25 of 27 games, helping them to a 16-11 season record.
After playing his freshman year at Purdue, Macy transferred to the University of Kentucky in 1976. He started every game for the Wildcats in 1977. A three-time All-America and three-time All-SEC player, Macy was a member of Kentucky's 1978 National Championship team. In his senior year of 1979-80, he became the first Kentucky player ever to be named consensus Southeastern Conference Player of the Year.
The winner of the 2014 Macy award will be announced at the CollegeInsider.com Awards Banquet on April 4 in Dallas, site of the Division I Men's Basketball Championship.