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Peters & Ransom Earn Southland Honors
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Release: 03/10/2014
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Jabari Peters has become the fourth Sam Houston player to earn Southland Conference men’s basketball “Newcomer-of-the-Year” honors.

Peters and his Bearkat teammate Kaheem Ransom have been named to the 2014 men’s basketball All-Southland Conference honor squad.

Peters and Ransom both joined the Bearkat squad this year as junior college transfers, bringing needed offensive punch that propelled the Sam Houston men to the program’s seventh 20-plus victory in 27 years of NCAA Division I basketball.

Peters is Sam Houston’s first newcomer of the year since Gilberto Clavell won in 2010.

A junior guard from Brooklyn, N.Y. (Grady H.S.), he came to Huntsville as a transfer from Seward (Kan.) County Community College.

One of five players who started every game for the Bearkats, Peters led the team in scoring with 12.9 points per game. Peters is tied for fifth in the league with 4.2 assists per game and his 1.8 assist-to-turnover ratio is seventh in the Southland.

He has scored 20 points or more five times and has scored in double figures in 18 games. He has led the Bearkats in scoring 11 times this season and tallied a season-high 29 points against Prairie View A&M in November. He hit the game-winning 3-pointer against 2013 NCAA tournament team James Madison in December.

Peters recorded his second double-double of the season against New Orleans to close the regular season, going for 11 points and season-high 10 assists. Other Bearkats that have been named newcomer of the year are Clavelle in 2010, Jejuan Plair in 2006 and Donald Cole in 2002.

Peters and Ransom each were named third team All-Southland Conference. Ransom was an honorable mention all-league selection.

A 6-1 guard from Wichita, Kansas, Ransom also came to Huntsville from Seward County Community College. He ranked second on the Bearkat squad with 11.6 points per game. Ransom also started every game for the Bearkats.

Ransom ranks eighth in the Southland in assists (3.8) and was the leading scorer for the SHSU men in seven contests this season. He has scored in double figures 15 times this season. He earned Southland “Player of the Week” in January after averaging 22.5 points per game in two road victories at Southeastern Louisiana and New Orleans.

Peters and Ransom look to lead Sam Houston in the 2014 Southland Conference basketball post-season tournament which will be player this week at the Leonard E. Merrell Center in Katy.

As the No. 3 seed, Sam Houston draws a first round bye and will play the winner of Wednesday’s McNeese versus Oral Roberts game in the quarterfinals at 7:30 p.m. Thursday night.

Tickets in the Sam Houston section for the tournament are available online at www.gobearkats.com or at the SHSU ticket office at (936) 294-1729.

Thursday’s quarterfinal games will be streamed live on the Southland Conference Digital network, which is available online at Southland.org and on the league’s mobile and tablet apps for iPhone and Android.

The semifinals will be played on Friday and be broadcast on ESPN3, while the championship game will be played Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN2.

2014 All-Southland Conference Men’s Basketball Teams

First Team

Institution

Pos.

Class

Hometown

Jacob Parker

Stephen F. Austin

F

Jr.

Bixby, Okla.

Shawn Glover

Oral Roberts

G/F

Sr.

Dallas, Texas

Jalan West

Northwestern State

G

So.

Bossier City, La.

John Jordan

A&M-Corpus Christi

G

Jr.

Houston, Texas

LaQuentin Miles3

Central Arkansas

G

Sr.

Jacksonville, Ark.

         

Second Team

Institution

Pos.

Class

Hometown

Desmond Haymon

Stephen F. Austin

G

Sr.

Pickens, Miss

Denzel Livingston

UIW

G

Jr.

Houston, Texas

DeQuan Hicks2

Northwestern State

F

Sr.

Racine, Wis.

Korey Billbury

Oral Roberts

G

So.

Tulsa, Okla.

Ledrick Eackles

McNeese State

G

Sr.

Baton Rouge, La.

         

Third Team

Institution

Pos.

Class

Hometown

Dantrell Thomas

Nicholls

G

Sr.

Many, La.

Jabari Peters

Sam Houston State

G

Jr.

Brooklyn, N.Y.

Thomas Walkup

Stephen F. Austin

G

So.

Pasadena, Texas

Cory Dixon

New Orleans

F

Sr.

Argyle, Texas

Kaheem Ransom

Sam Houston State

G

Jr.

Wichita, Kan.

Honorable Mention: Nimrod Hilliard, Lamar; Kevin Hardy, McNeese State; Desharick Guidry, McNeese State; JaMichael Hawkins, Southeastern Louisiana; Brison White, Northwestern State; Zeek Woodley, Northwestern State.

Player of the Year: Jacob Parker, Stephen F. Austin
Defensive Player of the Year: Jalan West, Northwestern State
Freshman of the Year: Zeek Woodley, Northwestern State
Newcomer of the Year: Jabari Peters, Sam Houston State
Coach of the Year: Brad Underwood, Stephen F. Austin

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