Karleskint, Davis Take Top GAC Honors

Arkansas Tech swept the top two honors in the inaugural Great American Conference men’s basketball awards, which were announced by the league office on Wednesday, Feb. 29.

Doug Karleskint (photographed, top left) was voted GAC coach of the year. It is the second consecutive conference coach of the year award for Karleskint, who was named Gulf South Conference West Division coach of the year last season.

Karleskint is 46-11 in two seasons as the Arkansas Tech head men’s basketball coach.

Johnie Davis (photographed, top right) was selected GAC player of the year. He leads the conference in scoring (20.6 points per game). Davis also ranks among the league leaders in steals (T-3rd, 2.1 per game), 3-point field goal percentage (8th, .403), and 3-point field goals made (T-7th, 2.2 per game).

Davis was named All-GAC first team. Arkansas Tech’s Jared Williamson was selected to the All-GAC second team, while Tech’s Will Paul earned a spot on the All-GAC honorable mention list.

Williamson (photographed, bottom left) is averaging 12.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game this season. He is tied for fifth in the GAC in steals (1.8 per game).

Paul (photographed, bottom right) ranks among the GAC leaders in blocked shots (T-3rd, 2.1 per game), rebounding (T-9th, 5.4 per game) and offensive rebounds (T-9th, 2.0 per game).

Other top individual GAC honors went to Southwestern Oklahoma State’s Thomas Davis (GAC defender of the year), Southeastern Oklahoma State’s Antonio Worthy (GAC freshman of the year) and Henderson State’s Denzel Lyles (GAC newcomer of the year).

The Wonder Boys will face Southern Arkansas in the first round of the GAC Tournament at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 1.

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