Monday, January 18, 2010

Closing in on hoops history

JSU junior swingman Trenton Marshall continues to lead the Ohio Valley Conference in scoring. While he said winning the scoring title would be a nice accomplishment, he won't play outside the boundaries of the Gamecocks' big picture to get it.

Marshall is averaging 18.5 points a game going into the Gamecocks' ESPNU game with Tennessee State Thursday. He's averaging 18.7 in conference-only games. Morehead State's Kenneth Faried, the preseason OVC Player of the Year, is second in the league in scoring at 16.1.

The Gamecocks have never had conference scoring champion since moving to Division I.
They have had several champions in other statistical categories, however:

In the OVC, they had four straight assist champions (Walker Russell 2004-06 and DeAndre Bray 2007). Russell also led the league in free throw shooting in 2006.

In the Atlantic Sun/TransAmerica, Mike McDaniel (2000) and Rusty Brand (1997) led the league in shooting percentage, while Brant Harriman led the league in rebounding (2000),

The Gulf South Conference media guide doesn’t list year-by-year statistical leaders, but no JSU player is listed among the top 10 single-season scoring averages in league history.

Interestingly, since 2000, only one OVC scoring champion has not make the All-OVC first team (Ray Booker, SEMO, 2006 second-team).

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