Parker, Haymon Named NABC All-District
March 12, 2014
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced the NABC Division I All-District teams for 2013-14 on Wednesday morning, recognizing the nation’s best men’s collegiate basketball student-athletes, with Stephen F. Austin’s junior Jacob Parker and senior Desmond Haymon being named to the District 23 teams. Parker was named to the first team, while Haymon was tabbed to the second team.
Parker and Haymon helped lead SFA to its second consecutive Southland Conference regular-season championship and their fourth overall in program history in 2014, fueling the Lumberjacks to a 29-2 record and a perfect 18-0 mark in league play.
Parker, also a U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) all-district selection, was tabbed the SLC Player of the Year in conjunction with the league’s postseason honors announced on Mar. 10. The forward from Bixby, Okla. (Bixby H.S.), averaged 14.5 points and 7.1 rebounds to lead SFA. Parker enters the SLC Tournament ranked among the conference leaders, including second in free-throw percentage (.870), fifth in offensive rebounds (2.5), seventh in rebounding (7.1), ninth in field goal percentage (.537), 11th in scoring (14.5) and 12th in defensive rebounds (4.5). Parker has scored in double figures in all but five of the 31 games for the ‘Jacks and scored 20 or more points five times, including a season-high 31 points at Marshall in November. He has recorded nine career double-doubles, all this season, in addition to pulling down a career-high 13 rebounds against Northwestern State in January.
Haymon landed on the all-district second team, after garnering second team All-SLC honors in his final season at SFA. The native of Pickens, Miss., finished the regular season 12th in the conference in scoring (14.2) and 16th in assists (2.8). In league play, Haymon finished fourth in the SLC in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.3), tied for 12th in assists (3.5) and 14th in scoring (14.2). He recorded a career-high 36 points against Cal State Northridge, tying the most scored by a Southland player in a single game this season. At Lamar, Haymon scored 30 points against the Cardinals to become the most recent member of the 1,000-point club for the ‘Jacks. Then at Southeastern Louisiana, Haymon became SFA’s all-time winningest player in the Division I era with the 92nd of his career to pass Eddie Williams. He has since added two more wins to puts his career wins total to 94.
Parker and Haymon’s efforts on the court helped the ‘Jacks become the first in the Southland to run a perfect 18-game league schedule and is the first undefeated conference champion since Arkansas State in 1967. No team in the league’s 51-year history had gone undefeated in more than an eight-game schedule. The perfect mark in conference play for SFA made them the third team to do so this season, joining top-ranked Florida and second-ranked Wichita State, and just the 18th team and in NCAA history to navigate a undefeated conference schedule in conference seasons of 18 games or more.
This season the ‘Jacks became the first SLC team to win 29 games in the regular season, matching the 1985 Louisiana Tech team that finished 29-3 after reaching the “Sweet 16.” The ‘Jacks ran their home-court dominance to 33 consecutive games, dating back to the 2011-12 season, which is tied with No. 6/7 Duke for the best in Division I. The team’s 26-game overall win streak obliterated the former conference record of 19 set by Louisiana Tech in 1992-93 and 1993-94 and ranks second in the nation, behind only Wichita St. SFA leads the nation with 14 road wins this season and its current 12-game road win streak is tied with Wichita St. for the national lead.
Members of the NABC all-district teams were selected and voted on by member coaches of the NABC. The 252 student-athletes selected, from 25 districts, are eligible for the NABC Coaches’ Division I All-America teams.