March 28, 2013

Trio of Saints Named to GABCA All-State Men's Basketball Team

 DAHLONEGA, Ga. – The University of North Georgia men's basketball team had three players named to the 2012-13 Georgia Basketball Coaches Association (GABCA) NCAA Division II All-State Team.

Ishmael Hollis was named to the first team with Scott Windom earning second team honors. Lamar Richardson was an honorable mention.

Hollis, a 6-8 junior transfer from Buford, Ga., led the team and finished 14th in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) with 15.4 points per game to go along with 7.3 rebounds per game, good enough for eighth-best in the league. In 28 games, he started all but two and averaged 32.1 minutes per contest while shooting 45.9% from the field and 40.1% from three-point range, ninth-best in the PBC.

Windom, a 6-5 senior forward from Cartersville, Ga., averaged 14.5 points and 6.0 boards per contest in 27 games. He made 12 starts, including the last eight games, while averaging 25.6 minutes per outing. He finished his second season with the Saints' shooting 50.0% from the field and 38.5% from beyond the three-point arc.

Richardson, a 6-1 junior guard transfer from Riceboro, Ga., was third on the team in scoring with 13.5 points per outing in 25 games played. He shot 39.5% from the field and 39.3% from three-point range while averaging a team-best and PBC second-best 3.4 treys per outing. He also averaged 2.0 assists and 1.2 steals per game.

The Saints ended the 2012-13 season with their second appearance in the Peach Belt Conference Men's Basketball Championships semifinal game, and first appearance in the end of the season tournament since the 2009-10 season. North Georgia went 16-12 overall and 10-9 in conference, finishing third in the West Division standings.

The GABCA has sponsored a year-end All-State honor roll for each association within the membership since the 2007-08 season.  The GABCA's aim is to help promote small college basketball in the state of Georgia.