Three Dolphins earn all-conference honors

Feb. 27, 2007

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Having completed one of the biggest single-season turnarounds in NCAA history, the Jacksonville men's basketball is being reward for their season with three players earning all-conference honors.

Point guard Jesse Kimbrough was named first team all-conference, while freshmen guard Ben Smith and forward Lehmon Colbert were named to the all-freshman team.

"This is a reward for their hard work and effort throughout the season," said JU head coach Cliff Warren. "But it is also a tribute to their teammates who have helped them along the way this season. Each award is not just for those individuals, but for everyone on the team."

Kimbrough is just the second Dolphin to earn first team all-conference honors in the A-Sun. Smith and Colbert's appearance on the all-freshman team is the second straight year the Dolphins have had a member on the team.

A sixth-year senior, Kimbrough leads the Dolphins in scoring, assists, steals and is fourth on the team in rebounds. His tremendous work ethic has made him one of the most dangerous 3-pointers shooters in the conference, hitting more than 40 percent of his attempts from long range.

Smith has come on strong at the end of his first campaign, scoring in double figures in seven of the last eight contests. The freshman from Dublin, Ga., scored a season-high 28 points against Mercer, connecting on six 3-pointers in the contest. He is second on the team in assists as he chases a spot in the school's top 10 list.

Colbert meanwhile has been steady throughout the season, scoring in double figures 17 times. A native of Roberta, Ga., Colbert is second on the team in scoring and rebounding while ranking as ninth in the conference in field goal percentage.

East Tennessee State's Courtney Pigram was named A-Sun "Player of the Year" while his head coach, Murry Bartow, was named "Coach of the Year." Mercer's James Florence was named A-Sun "Freshman of the Year."

The third seeded Dolphins open their A-Sun Tournament on Thursday against sixth seeded Campbell. Tipoff is set for 3:15 p.m., with the game being aired on ESPN-1460 starting at 3 p.m.

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