TUESDAY, MARCH 02, 2004
Haminn Quaintance Voted A-Sun Freshman of the Year in Men's Basketball
March 2, 2004
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville University freshman Haminn Quaintance (Sarasota, Fla.) has been named Atlantic Sun Conference Freshman of the Year, as well as Second-Team All-Atlantic Sun, as voted on by league head coaches today. The 6-foot-6 forward, who is JU's top freshman since Otis Smith and Ronnie Murphy 20 years ago, averaged a team-high 14.3 points, 8.9 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per game this season, while ranking among the league leaders in eight statistical categories. Redshirt-freshman Jarred Stockton (Jacksonville/Arlington Country Day) joins Quaintance on the A-Sun All-Freshman Team. Quaintance is the sixth Dolphin to earn freshman-of-the-year honors, the first since Aaron Fox was tabbed Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year in 1996. He is the first JU freshman to earn all-conference honors since Murphy was voted First-Team All-Sun Belt Conference in 1984 and the first A-Sun freshman since Mercer's Scott Emerson in 2000 to earn all-conference honors.
Quaintance ranks eighth in the A-Sun in scoring and second in rebounding, while leading the conference and ranking 10th in the Division I with 3.1 blocks per game. He is the only freshman in the league among the top 10 in scoring and rebounding, and currently ranks second in the A-Sun with nine double-doubles. Quaintance is the first player in JU history to lead the team in scoring (14.3 ppg), rebounding (8.9 rpg), blocks (3.1 bpg), steals (1.7 spg) and field goal percentage (53.7%), which also ranks 7th in the A-Sun. His 84 blocks rank third all-time at JU for a single season, while his 8.9 rebounds per game are a JU freshman record. Quaintance, who is the first true freshman to enter the season as a starter since Jeremy Livingston in 1991-92, has scored in double figures in 24-of-27 games and has averaged the most points for a Dolphin freshman since Murphy (17.9 ppg) in 1983-84.
Stockton averaged 9.0 points and 4.4 rebounds in 25 games off the bench this season, after missing all but six games of last season with a knee injury. The 6-foot-4 forward is second on the team with 37 three-pointers and is ranked sixth in the A-Sun in three-point field goal percentage (40.7%). Stockton was a key figure in the Dolphins' strong finish, scoring 25 points in a comeback win over Mercer and a career-best 32 points at Gardner-Webb, which is the third-best scoring output in the A-Sun this season.
Troy State's Greg Davis was chosen as A-Sun Player of the Year. Davis averaged 15.4 points and 8.8 assists per game, which leads the nation. The Trojans' Don Maestri was tabbed the league's coach of the year after leading the Trojans to their third straight regular-season title with an 18-2 league mark, while UCF's Dexter Lyons was voted the A-Sun Defensive Player of the Year. Joining Davis as first-team selections are Adam Mark (Belmont), Nate Williams (Georgia State), Rob Lewin (Troy State) and Lyons. In addition to Quaintance, the second team includes Rob Lewin (Troy State), Mike Bell (Florida Atlantic), Roberto Morentin (UCF), E.J. Gordon (Stetson) and Steve Drabyn (Belmont).
Stockton and Quaintance were joined on the All-Freshman Team by Brian Fisk (Lipscomb), Anthony Atkinson (Campbell) and Josh Goodwin (Belmont).
The Dolphins (13-14, 8-12 A-Sun) are preparing for their first-round game of the Atlantic Sun Championship (Nashville, Tenn.) on Thursday against second-seeded UCF (22-5, 17-3 A-Sun) at 3:15 p.m. EST. The winner of the JU vs. UCF game will play the winner of the #3 Belmont vs. #6 Mercer game Friday at 9:15 p.m. EST.
2004 Atlantic Sun All-Conference Honors
First Team Player School Pos Ht Wt Cl Rob Lewin Troy St. F 6-7 230 Sr. Adam Mark Belmont F 6-8 225 Sr. Nate Williams Georgia St. C 6-11 225 Sr. Dexter Lyons UCF G 6-5 200 Sr. Greg Davis Troy State G 6-1 165 Sr. Second Team Player School Pos Ht Wt Cl Mike Bell FAU F 6-9 225 Jr. Haminn Quaintance JU F 6-6 200 Fr. Roberto Morentin UCF C 6-9 240 Sr. E.J. Gordon Stetson G 6-4 210 So. Steve Drabyn Belmont G 6-0 175 Sr. All-Freshmen Team Player School Pos Ht Wt Josh Goodwin Belmont G 6-2 185 Brian Fisk Lipscomb G 6-2 195 Anthony Atkinson Campbell G 5-10 160 Haminn Quaintance JU F 6-6 200 Jarred Stockton JU F 6-4 220
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