BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University had two basketball players recognized by the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) when the league announced their awards on Thursday. Jordan Floyd of the men's basketball team was selected ECAC Player of the Year and first team All-ECAC while Kori West of the women's basketball team earned second team All-ECAC honors.
In Floyd's second season on campus, he led Conference Carolinas in scoring averaging 21.7 points per game, a mark that ranks 27th in all of NCAA Division II. The Stone Mountain, Ga., native scored at least 30 points in seven games this season while scoring at least 20 points in 16 games. He finished the season strong, scoring at least 20 points in 10 of King's last 12 games.
The junior posted a career-high 36 points against Lees-McRae College on February 23 in a Tornado win that gave King the regular season Conference Carolinas championship. In addition to Floyd's 21.7 points per game, he also averaged 2.0 rebounds per game and 2.3 assists per game while also holding the conference's second best free throw percentage at 87.1 percent. Floyd closed his season with a 28-point effort as the Tornado fell to top-ranked Lincoln Memorial University in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday.
At the conclusion of the regular season, Floyd was unanimously selected Conference Carolinas Player of Year and first team All-Conference Carolinas. That was the first time in the last five years a player has unanimously been selected Conference Carolinas Player of the Year.
Floyd was selected ECAC Player of the Week once this season along with two Conference Carolinas Player of the Week honors and he was once named Tennessee Sports Writers Association (TSWA) Player of the Week
This marks the second team a King men's basketball player has earned All-ECAC honors, joining Hunter LeVeau who earned honorable mention a season ago.
On the women's side, West had a great season for the Tornado, averaging a double-double with 12.5 points and 10.6 rebounds per game. The Shelby, N.C., native has put up record shattering performances this season including a 27-point, 27-rebound outburst against the University of Mount Olive in the Conference Carolinas quarterfinals. This effort was one of the most dominating performances in program history as no other Tornado player has believed to post more rebounds in a single game according to available records. West posted another 20-20 game earlier in the season as she recorded 28 points and 20 rebounds in a win over Barton College on January 26.
The sophomore led Conference Carolinas in rebounding and field goal percentage, shooting 53.8 percent on the year thus far. She also ranks seventh in the conference in blocks with 29. West has posted 13 double-doubles this season, a mark that ranks her third in the conference. She has had a great second half of the season averaging 18.2 points per game and 13.5 rebounds per game since January 10. Her impact on the court has been an impressive one as the Tornado held an 12-4 record since January 10.
In addition to her all-conference honors, West received Conference Carolinas Player of the Week honors twice, TSWA Player of the Week once, ECAC Player of the Week once, and became the first Tornado in history to earn U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) National Player of the Week this season.
This marks the first time a Tornado women's basketball player has earned All-ECAC recognition.