Friday, March 24, 2017

"Erik Kinney named NAIA Honorable Mention All-American"

"The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics announced the 2016-17 NAIA Division I Men's Basketball All-America Teams on Thursday and Campbellsville's Erik Kinney was named Honorable Mention.

Kinney, a senior from Fairfield, Calif., finished second on the team by averaging 11.8 points per game and led the Tigers by grabbing 10.6 rebounds per game.

All of the selections are made by the All-America Committee and comprises a First, Second, Third and Honorable Mention Team. There are 10 members on each of the first three All-America teams.

Kinney is the first Tiger to end the season to average a double-double since Damontre Harris in 2014-15 (11.4/10.2) and Nestor Colmenares in 2009-10 (15.6/10.0)

He completed the season by scoring in double-figures in 11-of-the-last-15 games, including a season-high eight-straight double-doubles from Jan. 14 —Feb. 9.

"The coaching staff is very proud of this accomplishment for Erik," said coach Brent Vernon. "It is a great honor and he deserves this. He had a very good season for us with some big games and the work he put in throughout is being rewarded with this recognition from the NAIA."

Kinney finished the season by recording the second-most double-doubles in the Mid-South Conference (12). The highlight of the season was grabbing a 20-plus rebounds twice this past year (21 vs. Cumberlands and 22 vs. Georgetown). He is the first Tiger to grab 20-plus rebounds in a game since Steve Bugg on Jan. 15, 1983.

In his only season as a Tiger, Kinney scored 319 points and grabbed 287 rebounds..."

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