Mercer men’s basketball trio earns All-SoCon recognition

MACON, Ga. (MERCER ATHLETICS) – Mercer men’s basketball senior Darious Moten, junior Ike Nwamu and freshman Stephon Jelks all earned recognition as the Southern Conference released its All-Conference awards Tuesday morning. Moten and Nwamu landed spots on the 10-member All-Conference team, while Jelks was one of five tabbed as All-Freshman selections.

The awards are based on polling of the league’s head coaches. The conference office also conducted a media poll, which featured Moten and Nwamu among second team honorees.

Moten captured his first career postseason honor after averaging 11.8 points per game and 4.5 rebounds per game. The senior led Mercer in conference scoring, averaging 14.5 points per game while reaching double figures in 15 of 18 outings.

The Bowdon, Ga. native ranked seventh among SoCon players in conference scoring and among the top-15 league players in field goal percentage (52.6), free throw percentage (74.1), blocks per game (0.9) and offensive rebounds per game (1.9).

Nwamu paced the Mercer offense during the regular season, ranking sixth in SoCon scoring at 14.5 points per game. The Greensboro, N.C. native netted 10-plus in 21 games and 20 more eight times, including a career-high 30 point performance at Tennessee.

Nwamu’s junior campaign saw him emerge as one of the SoCon’s best deep shooting threats, ranking 12th in 3’s per game (2.1) and tied for 13th in 3-point field goal percentage (37.5). His repertoire also featured a slew of highlight reel dunks, for which he earned a spot on ESPN’s Sportcenter Top-10 plays three times.

Jelks blossomed into a key role midway through his freshman year, announcing his presence with a breakout nine-point performance at Georgia on Dec. 27. Jelks has reached the scoring column in 18 of the last 19 games and averaged 6.3 points per game over that span. The Marietta, Ga. native finished the regular season with a bang, registering back-to-back 14-point performances against Wofford and ETSU.

Mercer closed the regular season with a 17-14 overall record and a 12-6 mark in league play. The Bears are slotted as the No. 3 seed in the upcoming SoCon Tournament and make their debut in the event against VMI on March 5 at 8:30 p.m.

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