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Three Mountaineers Earn All-Conference Recognition In Men’s Basketball
Justin Forrest earned second team All-Conference honors.
picture courtesy of Appalachian State Athletics

Three Mountaineers Earn All-Conference Recognition in Men’s Basketball

App State men’s basketball had three players earn All-Sun Belt recognition, the highest number in the conference, on Thursday.

Justin Forrest was named Second Team All-Sun Belt and Michael Almonacy and Adrian Delph were tabbed as Third Team honorees by the league’s head coaches.

It marks the first time the Black and Gold have landed three all-conference honorees since joining the Sun Belt. App State last had three all-conference honorees in 1984, when David Lawrence, Wade Capehart and Dale Roberts earned All-Southern Conference accolades. The Mountaineers have now had three players earn all-conference honors four times in program history.

Forrest earns his second straight all-conference accolade, after earning First Team honors last season. This year, Forrest sits second on the team in scoring, averaging 13.0 points. He also ranks second on the team with 66 assists and is tied for second in steals with 38. The senior guard was named to the All-Tournament Team at the Sun Belt Tournament after averaging 20.0 points, scoring in double figures in all four games.

Forrest sits third in program history and 16th all-time in Sun Belt history with 1,810 career points. In addition, he ranks fourth in program history in 3-point field goals made (241), fourth in steals (165) and is tied for ninth in assists (298).

Almonacy sits third on the team in scoring at 12.9 points and leads the team with 82 assists and 70 3-point field goals made. He has reached double figures in scoring in 19 games, including 17 of his last 18 contests. In a win at Troy on Jan. 2, he posted a double-double with 11 points and 10 assists, becoming the first Mountaineer to reach double figure assists in a game since the 2012-13 season.

At the Sun Belt Tournament, Almonacy averaged 21.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.8 assists and drained a tournament record 20 3-pointers on his way to Most Outstanding Player honors. He poured in a career-high 32 points in Monday’s 80-73 win over Georgia State to lead App State to the program’s first Sun Belt Tournament title.

Delph earns his first all-conference accolade after averaging a career-high and team leading 13.2 points. Delph also has posted career bests in rebounding (4.5 rpg), assists (35), steals (35) and blocks (14). The junior guard reached double figures in scoring 18 times this season and poured in a career-high 28 points in a win at South Alabama on Jan. 16.

At the Sun Belt Tournament, Delph reached double figures in all four games and averaged 17.8 points and 6.0 rebounds, helping the Mountaineers win the tournament title. He posted his fourth game of 20 or more points this season in the Sun Belt Tournament Championship game, tallying 22 points and six rebounds.

App State punched its ticket to the NCAA Tournament with an 80-73 victory over Georgia State on Monday evening to capture the program’s first Sun Belt Tournament title. The NCAA men’s basketball selection show is Sunday, March 14. It will start at 6 p.m. ET on CBS. The entire 2021 men’s basketball championship will be played in Indiana, with the majority of the tournament’s 67 games taking place in Indianapolis. The First Four will be played Thursday, March 18, followed by first-round games March 19 and 20.

2020-21 SUN BELT MEN’S BASKETBALL POSTSEASON HONORS

All-Sun Belt First Team
DeVante Jones, Coastal Carolina
Michael Flowers, South Alabama
Mason Harrell, Texas State
Cedric Russell, Louisiana
Norchad Omier, Arkansas State

All-Sun Belt Second Team
Shahada Wells, UTA
Marquis Eaton, Arkansas State
Corey Allen, Georgia State
Justin Forrest, App State
Theo Akwuba, Louisiana

All-Sun Belt Third Team
Caleb Asberry, Texas State
Ruot Monyyong, Little Rock
Michael Almonacy, App State
Adrian Delph, App State
Eliel Nsoseme, Georgia State

Men’s Basketball Player of the Year
DeVante Jones, Coastal Carolina

Men’s Basketball Defensive Player of the Year
Theo Akwuba, Louisiana

Men’s Basketball Freshman of the Year
Norchad Omier, Arkansas State

Men’s Basketball Newcomer of the Year
Michael Flowers, South Alabama

Joe Gottfried Coach of the Year
Terrence Johnson, Texas State