LSC names Jenkins defensive player of year, Davis top freshman

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Courtesy Tarleton Athletics

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ALLEN (March 1, 2017) – Tarleton men’s basketball was recognized with several individual accolades at the annual Lone Star Conference awards banquet.

Romond Jenkins received the top honor for the Texans by being named the LSC Defensive Player of the Year. Jenkins was also named first-team All-LSC and was selected to the All-Defensive Team. Joining Jenkins on the first team is senior guard Chantz Chambers. In his first year with the Texans, junior guard Ridell Camidge was named second-team All-LSC. Anthony Davis was also named the LSC Freshman of the Year.

Jenkins becomes the seventh player in Tarleton history to receive the LSC Defensive Player of the Year award and the first since Jon Cathey-Macklin in 2012-13. Jenkins is second in the LSC this season in rebounds with 11.1 per game but leads the conference with 310 total rebounds. The senior from Midwest City, Oklahoma is the only player in the LSC to average a double-double with 12.5 points to go with his 11.1 rebounds. Jenkins also leads the LSC in blocks with two per game and is 13th in steals at 1.3. Jenkins is not only the best defender in the conference, but one of the best in the nation. Jenkins ranks seventh nationally in total rebounds, seventh in double-doubles (16), eighth in offensive rebounds per game (3.93), 11th in field goal percentage (63.4) and 11th in rebounds per game.

Chantz Chambers is the second leading scorer for the Texans with 13.9 points per game. The senior guard also averages 3.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.3 steals. Chambers has also emerged as Tarleton’s top shooting guard by connecting on 51 percent of his shots from the floor and a team-best 42 percent on 3-pointers. Chambers scored a career-high 33 points on the road at Texas A&M-Commerce, which ranks 10th on Tarleton’s all-time single-game scoring list. Jenkins and Chambers become the 26th and 27th players in program history to be named first-team All-Conference.

Ridell Camidge led the Texans in scoring this season at 15 points per game. Camidge had eight 20-point games, including a career-high 27 points in a road win over then-No. 12 Western Washington. The junior transfer from Wilmington, North Carolina averaged 4.1 rebounds per game and 2.3 assists. He also led the Texans with 73 3-pointers made this season and ranked second in the LSC in free-throw percentage at 91. Camidge was a three-time LSC Offensive Player of the Week winner.

Anthony Davis becomes the fourth player in Tarleton history to receive the LSC Freshman of the Year award and the first since Kalif Bakare in 2008-09. Davis had a stellar debut to his career for the Texans, averaging 9.9 points and 4.5 rebounds on 46 percent shooting from the floor. Davis scored in double figures 12 times this season and has 258 points overall entering the LSC tournament.

No. 25-ranked Tarleton earned the No. 2 seed in the LSC Tournament. The Texans will take on No. 7 seed Angelo State on Thursday, March 2 at 2:30 in the Allen Event Center.


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