MARTINEZ, Ga. - The Peach Belt Conference (PBC) office released its first Men's Basketball All-Academic Team last week, with three Bobcats picking up slots on the first team.
The team is part of a new season-long program recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of PBC student-athletes in the classroom as well as on the field. To be eligible for the All-Academic team, a student-athlete must 1) participate in at least half of his/her team's events and be either a starter or significant contributor; 2) achieved a 3.20 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) and 3) completed at least one full academic year at his or her current institution. The Peach Belt Conference Sports Information Directors oversee and select the teams.
Kemp leads the team in GPA at a 3.53 in biology, the top average among the conference's first team selections. Keaton owns a 3.48 in health education and Hurst a 3.50 in management. The three selections for GCSU were the most by any squad to make the two teams.
Keaton earned All-PBC distinction for the second time this season, also getting selected to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division II All-Star Game. He averaged 17.6 points per game, dropping in 89 three-pointers on the season. Kemp tied Hurst for the team average in rebounding at 6.0 per contest. Kemp averaged 7.3 points per game, with Hurst averaging 6.3 per game.
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