Feb. 28, 2018

INDIANAPOLIS -- Kendrick Nunn was named Horizon League Player of the Year and earned first team all-league honors, while Jalen Hayes (first team) and Martez Walker (all-defensive) also earned accolades announced by the league office Wednesday. Voting was conducted by the league's 10 head coaches, sports information directors and selected media.

Nunn led the Horizon League in nine different categories this season, while leading the nation in three-pointers per game at 4.57, which is on pace to break Oakland's school record. His 26.4 points per game and 128 three-pointers ranks second nationally, while his 740 total points ranks third in the NCAA, plus is tied for fourth most in a single season in Oakland history.

Nunn and Hayes finished the regular season as the nation's leading scoring duo averaging just over 45 points per game. Nunn hit eight three pointers in a game on two occasions, which is the most in a single game among Horizon League players this year.

Nunn becomes the fourth Oakland player in the last eight seasons to be named conference player of the year.

Hayes joins Mike Helms (2001-2004) as the only Oakland players in its Division I history to earn all-league honors all fours years, after being selected the conference's first team for the second straight season.

Hayes led the Golden Grizzlies with 8.1 rebounds per game while ranking inside the Horizon League's top-10 in 15 different categories. He ranked second the conference with 19.0 points per game and recorded 10 double-doubles this season.

Hayes is one of four players in Oakland history to record over 1,000 career points and 900 career rebounds and was named league player of the week twice this season.

Walker earns his second straight all-league honor and first all-defensive accolade. On top of being a shutdown defender, he also averaged 17.6 points per game.

The senior guard lead the Horizon League in free throws made and was second in free throw attempts this season, while also ranking inside the conference’s top-10 in seven different categories.

Walker also ranked 16th in the NCAA in minutes per game. He scored his 1,000th career point in an Oakland uniform this season, and also recorded a career high 32 points twice.

Oakland will be the No. 4 seed in the league tournament and will take on IUPUI at 7:30 p.m. on March 4 at Little Caesars Arena.




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