Sam Houston State’s back court duo of Corey Allmond and Ashton Mitchell have been named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District team for 2009.


Allmond, a 6-1 junior kinesiology major from Oxon Hill, MD, leads the Bearkats in scoring with 15.4 points a game this year. Allmond ranks No. 12 in NCAA Division I men’s basketball and No. 2 in the Southland Conference in three point shooting with a .438 percentage. His 96 three-pointers this season is a Sam Houston State school record, breaking the old mark of 93 set by Derrick Williams in 1988.


Mitchell, a 5-11 junior criminal justice major from New Orleans, LA, leads the Southland Conference and ranks No. 6 in the nation in assists with 6.8 per game. He is the Kats’ second leading scorer with 12.5 points per game.


Allmond and Mitchell, with their combined 29.9 points per game, are the highest scoring back court combination for Sam Houston State since the Bearkats moved up to the NCAA Division I level in 1987.


Sam Houston State won the Southland Conference West Division championship with a 12-4 league record. The Bearkats are the No. 3 seed in the State Farm Southland Conference post-season tournament to begin Thursday, Marc. 12, in Katy, TX.


Six other Southland Conference players were named to the NABC All-District team. They included Matt Kingsley (Stephen F. Austin), Kevin Palmer (Texas A&M-Corpus Christi), Anthony Vereen (Texas-Arlington), Ryan Bathie (Nicholls State), Jay Brown (Lamar) and Kenny Dawkins (Lamar).


In all, 10 players, five first-team and five second-team, from 24 NABC districts, which were realigned for the 2008-09 season, received all-district honors.


All 240 honorees were selected and voted on by the member coaches of the NABC and are now eligible for the State Farm Coaches’ Division I All-America teams to be announced on April 4.