NASHVILLE, Tenn. - - Belmont University men's basketball junior Evan Bradds (Jamestown, Ohio) has received 2015-16 Associated Press All-America honorable mention, the AP announced Tuesday.
Bradds becomes the sixth Belmont men's basketball player to receive AP All-America honors, joining Robert Barnes, Adam Sonn, Alex Renfroe, Ian Clark, and J.J. Mann.
In fact, Belmont has had more AP All-America honorees over the last four years (3; Clark, Mann, Bradds) than the rest of the state of Tennessee combined (2; Joe Jackson, Memphis ('13), Shawn Jones, Middle Tennessee ('14)).
Bradds, who was named 2016 OVC Player of the Year and All-District by the USBWA and NABC, leads the nation in field goal percentage (.714) after pacing the country in that category a year ago.
Through 100 career games, Bradds' field goal percentage (.690; 507-of-735) ranks first in NCAA Division I men's basketball since the statistical category was first tracked in 1948.
Bradds will become the first player to lead the country in field goal percentage in consecutive seasons since, coincidentally, former Bruin Adam Mark did so in 2002 and 2003.
One of the most efficient and consistent frontcourt players in college basketball, Bradds has scored in double figures in 54 of his last 65 games, including 12 games of 20 or more points this past season.
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 ranked among OVC leaders in five statistical categories, including fourth in scoring (17.6) and second in rebounding (9.2).
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.
Bradds led Belmont to a 20-12 record and an Ohio Valley Conference regular season championship.