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Gainesville grad Simonds named Sun Belt men's basketball Player of the Year
Former Red Elephant leads league in scoring, minutes per game
Georgia State's D'Marcus Simonds, a Gainesville High graduate dribbles down court against Georgia Southern during a 2018 game in Atlanta. - photo by For The Times

Gainesville High graduate and Georgia State men’s basketball player D’Marcus Simonds earned recognition as the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year, the league announced Monday.

Though just a sophomore, Simonds led the conference in scoring with 21.5 points per game en route to first team All-Sun Belt honors. The league’s Freshman of the Year last season, Simonds finished first in the conference in minutes played per night (35.2) while ranking third in steals (1.7), fourth in assists (4.5) and fifth in field-goal percentage (46.2). 

The former Red Elephant required just 58 games to reach 1,000 career points, and he needs only 20 points to tie the school single-season scoring record of 688. Dating back to last season, Simonds has notched double-digit points in 48 consecutive games.

He was named Sun Belt Player of the Week twice this season, during which Georgia State posted a 21-10 record and clinched the No. 2 seed for this week’s conference tournament. The Panthers will play either Troy or South Alabama at 6 p.m. Friday in the tournament quarterfinals in New Orleans.

Compiled by Marcus Rodrigue

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