A-State in Final 2013-14 NCAA Men’s Basketball Statistics

COURTESY: Arkansas State

JONESBORO, Ark. (4/14/14) – The final 2013-14 NCAA Division I men’s basketball statistics have been released and Arkansas State University is among the nation’s best in several team and individual categories.

Arkansas State, under sixth-year head coach John Brady, had two players included in the national individual rankings and five in the top 50 team rankings out of 345 teams in the Division I ranks.

A pair of seniors, Melvin Johnson III and Kirk Van Slyke, concluded their first and final A-State seasons on the national individual leaders list.

Johnson III, a 6-6 guard, ranked third in three-point field goal percentage with 47.8 percent (88-184) efficiency from beyond the arc.  He also was 35th in three-point field goals made (2.75 avg.), 43rd in total three-point field goals made (88), and 249th in points per game (15.2 ppg.).  The Dallas, Texas native lead A-State in scoring this season with 485 points in 32 contests, which included 28 games as a starter.  Johnson III closed out his career presently ranking second among A-State’s career leaders in three-point field goal percentage while his 88 three pointers tied for third on the program’s career single-season leaders chart.

Van Slyke placed 66th nationally of 250 players in field goal percentage (51.8 percent) while the 6-10 forward was 145th in free throw percentage (81.6 percent).  Van Slyke, who hails from The Woodlands, Texas, was 211th in blocked shots per game (1.19 avg.) while ranking 217th in total blocked shots (38).  Van Slyke, a starter in all 32 A-State contests, paced the Red Wolves in blocked shots and minutes played (987) while finishing second among the team’s top points leaders with a 14.9 points per game average (477 pts.).  He wrapped up his career at A-State placing eighth in three-point field goal percentage (40.9 percent) and 10th in career blocked shots while earning ninth place in season free throw percentage (81.6 percent).

In team rankings, the Red Wolves were 12th in three-point field goals per game (8.8 avg.), 22nd in total three-point field goals made (282), 36th in three-point field goal attempts (737), and 40th in three-point field goal percentage (38.3 percent).  A-State would place 50th in scoring offense (76.0 ppg.), 73rd in free throw percentage (72.6 percent), 75th in fewest fouls (570), and 76th in three-point field goal defense (32.5 percent).

A-State also finished among the top 100 in four other statistical categories – 78th in personal fouls per game (17.8 avg.), 81st in defensive rebounds a contest (25.09), 96th in scoring margin (4.2), and 99th in free throws made (556).

Arkansas State concluded the 2013-14 campaign with a 19-13 overall record and a 10-8 Sun Belt Conference mark.  The 19 victories equaled the program’s highest season wins total since 1997-98 (20-9 overall) and tied the 2012-13 A-State squad’s wins (19-12 overall).  The last time A-State produced back-to-back 19-win or more seasons was from 1986-89 when the Red Wolves were 21-13 overall in 1986-87, 21-14 in 1987-88, and 20-10 in 1988-89.

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