ALEXANDRIA, La. – Benjamin Batts (JR/Saginaw, Michigan) impressed the Red River Athletic Conference Coaches' so much in the 2016-17 season that they voted him onto the All-RRAC First Team to go along with three other teammates. C. J. McGill (JR/Tampa, Florida) was named to the Second Team along with Tyrell Springer (SR/Springfield, Massachusetts) while Rashard Owens (SR/Bossier City, Louisiana) and Anthony Walker were selected to the Honorable Mention team.
"I'm happy for all of our guys who were recognized as all-conference performers by the coaches in our league," said LSUS coach Kyle Blankenship. "We had about seven or eight guys who easily could have been considered because of the balance of our team. It's really hard to just single out one guy on our team. This season has truly been a team effort all year. We are very fortunate to have a number of guys who can step up and lead us on any given night."
Batts tossed in 15.4 points per contest in RRAC play while shooting an impressive 44-percent from beyond the arc. After flirting with the 30-point plateau in several games this year, Batts finally surpassed that clip and poured in 30 points in the final game of the regular season against Huston-Tillotson, that night he was 7-of-15 from long range. Batts was nearly a given to net double digits has he did in all but four conference games.
McGill kept pace with Batts and tossed in 13.3 points per RRAC contests as he was another threat the Pilots had from downtown. He netted double figures in 13 of his 18 games while scoring his season high of 31 points against Texas College on a night where he was 4-of-8 from the three-point line.
Springer dished out a total of 70 assists to lead the Pilots in conference play as well as 35 steals that also led the team. And oh by the way he can score a little too as he averaged 9.1 points per game in RRAC action. He netted 20 points on 9-of-20 shooting against Southwest and scored double digits in five other games.
Owens had eight double digit efforts from the field as he scored his season high of 22 points both of which were against St. Thomas. The long range shooter from Bossier averaged nearly 11 points per RRAC game while shooting 39-percent from beyond the arc.
Walker averaged 8.8 points and 5.5 rebounds per game in RRAC play. Walker pulled down double digit boards in his first three RRAC games while netting double figures in in seven games. He scored his season high of 18 points against no. 1 LSU Alexandria. He led the team with 21 blocks in RRAC games and had four blocks against Wiley and St. Thomas.
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