NASHVILLE, Tenn. - - Belmont University men's basketball junior Evan Bradds (Jamestown, Ohio) has been named to the 2015-16 Men's All-District Team, the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) announced Tuesday.
Bradds, who was named 2016 Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year last week, ranks in the top 50 nationally in six statistical categories, including first in field goal percentage (.720).
The 6-7 forward led the nation in field goal percentage last season as well, and is on pace to become the first NCAA Division I men's basketball player to lead the nation in shooting two consecutive seasons since former Bruin Adam Mark did so in 2002 and 2003.
Thus far in 2015-16, Bradds has recorded 26 double figure scoring games, including 12 games of 20 or more points.
A three-time OVC Player of the Week honoree, Bradds averaged 20.1 points and 10.6 rebounds per game during the month of January. Bradds was named to the Lou Henson Award Midseason Watch List - an award presented annually to the top mid major player in college basketball.
Bradds ranks among OVC leaders in five statistical categories, including fourth in scoring (17.8) and second in rebounding (9.4).
During non-conference play, Bradds was an integral part of notable Bruin victories over Marquette and Valparaiso, among others. He also earned Legends Classic Subregional Most Valuable Player honors after making 22 consecutive field goal attempts during a three-game stretch.
This becomes the 10th time a Belmont men's basketball player has earned All-District honors of some sort, but first from the USBWA.
USBWA District 4 encompasses programs from the states of Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and Florida.
For perspective, the other nine honorees on this year's All-District Team hail from major conference programs.
In addition, Bradds is only the fifth Ohio Valley Conference men's basketball player to earn USBWA All-District honors (since records began in 2003).
2015-16 USBWA All-District IV
- Evan Bradds, Belmont
- Dorian Finney-Smith, Florida
- Damian Jones, Vanderbilt
- Damion Lee, Louisville
- Sheldon McClellan, Miami
- Stefan Moody, Ole Miss
- Jamal Murray, Kentucky
- Retin Obasahan, Alabama
- Kevin Punter, Tennessee
- Tyler Ulis, Kentucky