WACO, Texas (March 5, 2014) – Oklahoma Christian point guard Kendre Talley has been named to the All-Heartland Conference first-team list, which was released Wednesday morning.
Talley, a 5-foot-9 senior from Spencer, led the Heartland during the regular season in scoring (17.5 points per game), assists (6.0 per game) and steals (2.0 per game). He is thought to be the first player in the history of the NCAA Division II conference to lead the league in three major categories (scoring, rebounding, assists, steals and blocked shots) in one season.
Only one other player during the past five seasons has led the conference is as many as two major stat categories during the same campaign.
Talley recorded the league’s only triple-double this season – and just the second in OC history – in the season opener against York (Neb.). He also posted two of the four double-digit assist outings in the Heartland this season.
With 1,315 points, Talley ranks 25th on OC’s career scoring list entering the National Christian College Athletic Association Central Region tournament, which OC (10-16) will host March 12-15.
“This is a great honor and well deserved,” OC coach Dan Hays said. “It’s not easy to make first-team all-conference in a 12-team league. Kendre has been a great ambassador for OC basketball for four years and this is certainly an award to be proud of.”
It’s the third straight season in which Talley has received conference recognition. He received honorable mention on the All-Sooner Athletic Conference teams after the 2011-12 season and the All-Heartland Conference teams following last season.
Joining Talley on this season’s first-team All-Heartland list were guards Jake Toupal of Arkansas-Fort Smith and Matthew Culliver Jr. of Texas A&M International and forwards Dwayne Soders of Texas-Permian Basin and Eli Baker of Lubbock Christian (Texas).
Toupal was named as the player of the year, an award for which Talley was not considered, because the conference has chosen not to allow players from member schools that are in the Division II membership process (such as OC) to be considered for individual awards.
Marvin Binney of St. Mary’s (Texas) was named as the newcomer of the year, while Jordan Clark of Texas A&M International was the defensive player of the year and Seth Youngblood of Arkansas-Fort Smith was the freshman of the year. Josh Newman, who guided Arkansas-Fort Smith to the league’s regular-season title, was named as the coach of the year.