STEPHENVILLE – Tarleton men’s basketball had three players recognized with individual awards at the annual Lone Star Conference awards banquet.
Josh Hawley was named the LSC Defensive Player of the Year, becoming the eighth player in program history to receive the conference’s top defensive honors. Hawley was also selected to the first team All-LSC and to the All-Defensive team for the second straight year.
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Jesse Hill was named the LSC Academic Player of the Year, joining Jakob Damstra as the only players in program history to receive the honor. Hill and Corinthian Ramsey were also named honorable mention all-conference.
After being named second-team All-LSC as a sophomore, Hawley had a breakout year as a junior. Hawley led Tarleton and the Lone Star Conference in total points (506) and is the only player to average a double-double for the season with 17.4 points and 10.1 rebounds. Hawley leads the LSC in rebounding, field goal percentage (.580) and double-doubles (15) and is second in points per game. His 15 double-doubles rank 11th in the country for NCAA Division II. Hawley is also third in the LSC in steals per game (1.9) and fifth in blocks (1.1). Hawley is one of 18 players in the country to average double-digit rebounds per game. He is a two-time LSC Defensive Player of the Week winner, one of two players in the league to receive the award twice.
Hawley has started all 29 games for the Texans and scored in double figures 27 times, including 12 20-point games. He also has recorded double-digit rebounds in 16 games. Hawley established career highs in points with 27 and steals with five, which he did three times. Hawley topped the 1,000-point mark in his career this season and became only the 17th player in program history to reach the milestone.
Hill had a career year for Tarleton, averaging 11.6 points on 57 percent shooting with 5.6 rebounds and 1.4 blocks. Hill has played in all 29 games with 25 starts. Hill is also third in the Lone Star Conference with 1.4 blocks. Hill was named the Lone Star Conference Defensive Player of the Week earlier this season after recording his first career double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds, both of which were career highs. He also set a career high with five blocks and has six games this season with at least three blocks.
Hill has 14 double-digit scoring games this season, including nine of the last 10 games in conference play. In addition to excelling on the court, Hill has a 3.95 GPA as a business major and was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team.
Ramsey has played in 27 games this season with 24 starts, averaging 11.6 points per game, which ranks second on the team. Ramsey led the Texans with 3.5 assists per game, ranking sixth in the LSC. The senior guard has 14 double-digit scoring games this season and seven 20-point games. Ramsey scored a season-high 27 points twice against Oklahoma Panhandle State and MSU Texas. Ramsey has made 50 3-pointers on the season to lead the Texans.
Tarleton went 20-9 overall and 10-8 in the LSC to earn the No. 5 seed for the conference tournament. The Texans will take on No. 4 Eastern New Mexico on Thursday, March 7 at 8:30 p.m. at the Comerica Center in Frisco.