TUESDAY, MARCH 04, 2003
Basketball's Kevin Sheppard Tabbed Second-Team All-Atlantic Sun

March 4, 2003

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - JU senior Kevin Sheppard (St. Croix, Virgin Islands) has been named Second-Team All-Atlantic Sun, as voted on by league head coaches today. The 6-foot point guard, who was a unanimous preseason all-conference selection, finished the regular season seventh in the league in scoring with 16.0 points per game, while leading the team and ranking fourth in the A-Sun with 4.5 assists per contest. Sheppard also earned Second-Team All-Atlantic Sun honors as a junior and is the first Dolphin to earn multiple all-conference honors since Calvin Slaughter in 1999 and 2000.

Sheppard has been the Dolphins' most consistent scorer this season, scoring in double figures in a team-best 23 games, while leading the squad in scoring on 12 occasions, including eight games with 20-or-more points. He has also dished out a career-best 126 assists, which is the most for a JU player since Jeremy Livingston (134) in 1993-94, and is second on the squad with 40 steals. Sheppard carried the Dolphins during the first part of the season as he led the team in scoring in eight of the first 12 contests, including a career-best 30 points at nationally ranked Mississippi State.

For his career, Sheppard ranks 14th all-time at JU with 1,268 points and second all-time with 422 assists. He recently became just the second player in school history (Ronnie Murphy) to eclipse 1,000 career points and 400 career assists, and is just the second player in the 55-year history of Dolphin basketball to lead the team in assists in four consecutive seasons. Sheppard also ranks second with 152 career three-pointers, third in minutes played (3,230) and fourth in games played with 112. He has missed just one game his entire career and has made 90 starts. Defensively, Sheppard is sixth in the JU record books with 142 career steals.

Belmont's Adam Sonn was chosen as Player of the Year, while Stetson's E.J. Gordon was tabbed Freshman of the Year and Mark Slonaker of Mercer, a former assistant under JU head coach Hugh Durham at Georgia, was selected as the A-Sun Coach of the Year. Joining Sonn as First-Team selections are Scott Emerson (Mercer), Ben Fletcher (Troy St.), Adam Mark (Belmont) and Nate Williams (Georgia St.). In addition to Sheppard, the second team includes Ray Abellard (UCF), Omar Barlett (Jax State), Aleem Muhammad (Mercer) and Poonie Richardson (Jax State).

The Dolphins are preparing for their first-round game of the Atlantic Sun Championship (Atlanta, Ga.) on Thursday against top-seeded Mercer (22-5, 14-2 A-Sun) at 2:15 p.m. Mercer, which has posted one of the biggest turnarounds in NCAA history after finishing 6-23 last year, swept the season series over JU, but the Dolphins have won four of the last six meetings overall.

2003 Atlantic Sun All-Conference Honors

First Team Player School Pos Ht Wt Cl Scott Emerson Mercer F 6-9 235 Jr. Ben Fletcher Troy State G 6-3 185 Sr. Adam Mark Belmont F 6-8 215 Jr. Adam Sonn Belmont C 6-8 230 Sr. Nate Williams Georgia State C 6-11 215 Jr.

Second Team Player School Pos Ht Wt Cl Ray Abellard UCF G 5-10 165 Sr. Omar Barlett Jax. St. F 6-8 230 Sr. Aleem Muhammed Mercer F 6-4 202 Sr. Poonie Richardson Jax. St. G 6-0 180 Sr. Kevin Sheppard Jacksonville G 6-0 190 Sr.

All-Freshmen Team Player School Pos Ht Wt Brian Collins Belmont G 6-4 160 Robby Dupre Campbell F 6-6 215 E.J. Gordon Stetson G 6-4 195 Andre Manning Gardner-Webb G 6-1 170 J. R. Merritt Samford F 6-6 190

Freshman of the Year: E.J. Gordon, Stetson

Player of the Year: Adam Sonn, Stetson

Coach of the Year: Mark Slonaker, Mercer