SMU basketball players Nic Moore and Markus Kennedy were honored with American Athletic Conference awards. For the second consecutive year, Moore was named the AAC Player of the Year and Kennedy was named AAC Sixth Man of the Year.
Moore started 29 of the Mustangs’ 30 games, leading the team in scoring with 16.1 points per game; assists, 5.2 per game; steals, 1.5 a game; and 3-pointers per game. To put Moore’s dominance and well rounded game into perspective, he finished second in the AAC in points per game, first in the AAC in steals, and tied for second in the conference for free throw percentage, with 80.0 percent.
Senior Markus Kennedy put up 9.3 points per game, had the second highest average in blocks per game, with 1.2, and ranked third on the Mustang roster in rebounds per game, averaging 6.3. Kennedy ranked in the top 10 in the AAC in blocks per game, tying for ninth in the conference; offensive rebounds per game, ranking ninth in the conference, with an average of 2.4; and field goal percentage, finishing with an average of 49.6 percent, the eighth highest in the AAC.
Both Moore and Kennedy have finished their careers at SMU climbing near the top of several SMU records. Moore finished top five all time in assists, assists per game, free throw percentage, and 3-pointers made. He eclipsed the top 10 in 3-point field goal percentage, games started, steals, and steals per game. Kennedy has claimed similar accolades, ranking in the top 10 all time at SMU in blocked shots, average blocked shots per game, and field goal percentage. Kennedy also ranks in the top 20 in steals and steals per game. And, as a cherry on top, both Kennedy and Moore have passed the 1,000 point mark in their careers at SMU.