UTPB Men’s Basketball boasts ‘Player of the Year’


Daeshon Francis demonrates his prowes in 2016 against Sul Ross.

Ryan Haage, Sports Information Director

Daeshon Francis was named the Lone Star Conference Player of the Year for the second straight season, and Sammy Allen was named the league’s Defensive Player of the year Wednesday night as the Lone Star Conference recognized its end-of-year award recipients at the championship banquet in Frisco. Francis and Josh Morris were named First Team All-Conference, Allen named Second Team All-Conference, James McPherson selected Third Team All-Conference, and Allen and Morris were All-Academic.

Francis took his game to the next level this season, leading all players in the Lone Star Conference by averaging 20.9 points per game. More impressively, he increased his scoring against league opponents by averaging 21.9 points in conference play. He ranked second on the team and was fifth in the league in rebounding, averaging 7.3 rebounds per game. He scored a career-high 36 points in a 125-212 double-overtime win over Adams State, and also set the school record with 23 made free throws. He became the second player in program history to record a triple-double against Western New Mexico. He’s scored at least 20 points in 16 of 27 games this season, including a streak of nine consecutive games. He was named the Lone Star Conference Offensive Player of the Week four times this season. He passed the 1,000 point mark earlier this season on Jan. 30 against West Texas, just the second player in team history to do so.

Allen has led the way on the defensive end for the Falcons this season, leading the Lone Star Conference with 11.6 rebounds per game, good for sixth in the nation. He leads the nation with 246 total defensive rebounds, averaging 9.56 per contest. He leads the Falcons with 115 assists, good for sixth in the league. He had the team’s first ever triple-double this past season in a win against Arlington Baptist. Averaging a double-double on the season with 10.4 ppg and 11.6 rpg, he ranks third in school history with 15 double-doubles, including eight this season. He grabbed a season-best 18 rebounds in a win over Southwestern. He’s had at least eight rebounds in 25 of 27 games this season and has recorded double-digits in rebounds 17 times this season.

Josh Morris finishes his senior year as the most efficient shooter in school history with a .699 field goal percentage. His .679 field goal percentage leads the Lone Star Conference and ranks third nationally. Morris, a Lone Star Conference All-Conference Third Team selection in 2017, is third on the team averaging 14.6 points per game and third on the team with 7.1 rebounds per game. Morris ranks sixth in the Lone Star Conference with 25 blocks on the season. Morris twice made 11 field goals in a game and set a career-high of 27 points against Midwestern State on February 8.

James McPherson followed an impressive junior season with an equally impressive senior campaign. McPherson is second in the Lone Star Conference with 80 made three-pointers and ranks third in the conference with a .381 three-point shooting percentage. McPherson is second on UTPB and eighth in the conference with 15.4 points per game. McPherson scored a career-high 36 points against Lubbock Christian on November 15. He hit a career-high eight three-pointers against Western New Mexico on December 5. McPherson leads in the Lone Star Conference with 35.4 minutes per game.