Faried Earns Mid-Major All-America Honors

MOREHEAD, Ky.—Morehead State men’s basketball standout Kenneth Faried earned two more postseason honors Wednesday, both from CollegeInsider.com. The junior was named to the Lou Henson All-America team and to the Lefty Drisell Defensive All-America Team.

The Lou Henson team celebrates the top 30 mid-major players in the country, culminating with the selection of the Lou Henson Award, which honors the top mid-major player in the country. The Lefty Drisell team honors the top 20 Division I defensive players in the nation. It also is the precursor to the selection of the Lefty Drisell Award, honoring the top Division I defensive player. The announcement of both awards will be made at the Final Four Indianapolis, Ind.

“Kenneth’s ability as a rebounder, scorer and defender is among the nation’s elite, and him being recognized by such a prestigious website as CollegeInsider.com is a tribute to his hard work and obviously a fantastic junior season,” MSU coach Donnie Tyndall said. “Kenneth is very deserving of these awards and as I have mentioned several times, his coaches and teammates are very proud of him.”

Faried, who helped lead the Eagles to their second best record in school history at 24-11 and the best OVC mark at 15-3, had an exceptional year. The Newark, N.J. native averaged 16.9 points a game and collected 13.0 boards per contest to lead the OVC and rank second in the nation. He also ranked second nationally in double-doubles, recording 25 double-dips in 35 total games. That included 10 games with 20 or more points. Defensively, Faried ranked 58th in the nation and second in the OVC with just under 2.0 blocks per game. He was also among the OVC leaders in steals, swiping 1.6 per game to rank fourth. He led Morehead State in both categories.

He was named OVC Player of the Week five times during the 2009-10 season and was the league’s Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and a First Team All-OVC selection. Counting the OVC awards, this is the fourth time he’s been honored this postseason. He was also named to the NABC All-District Teams and was an honorable mention selection to the prestigious Associated Press All-America Team.

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