SAINT LEO, Fla. – Capping off a record-setting career and an impressive 2009-10 season, Saint Leo men’s basketball forward Jordan Prais was again named to the Daktronics All-South Region Team as it was announced by the Daktronics’ representatives on Friday morning.
The honor is Prais’ second-in-a-row as he was the only repeat award-winning from last year’s group. Prais concluded his four-year SLU career as the Lions’ all-time leading scorer amongst four-year players with 1820 points and was also named to the All-SSC Second Team as he finished this season with the Lions’ scoring title as he averaged 18.6 points and 30 minutes per game.
The Lakeland, Fla. native led the Lions in nearly every offensive category including rebounds per game (8.6) and field goal percentage (.520).
The all-time leading rebounder (878) and free-throw shooter (503) at Saint Leo, Prais set a new career-mark this year when he dropped in 35 points on December 30, 2009 against Nova Southeastern.
As far as the rest of the team, Valdosta State University forward Tyrone Curnell tops the list of 10 student-athletes named to this year’s All-South Region Team.
Curnell is the 2009-10 South Region Player of the Year by virtue of receiving the highest point total in regional voting by sports information directors from throughout the region.
Curnell is one-of-three members of this year’s Daktronics All-South Region First Team who also earned all-region distinction a year ago. Guard Chris Hall of Lynn was a first team selection in 2009, while Tampa guard Rashad Callaway was a second team member. Rounding out this year’s first team are forwards John Thompson of Florida Southern and Jared Strode of North Alabama.
All five first team members will join their counterparts from the nation’s other seven regions on the national ballot for consideration on the 2008-09 Daktronics Men’s Basketball All-America Team.
Joining Prais and capturing spots on the All-South Region Second Team includes Justin Sedlak of Florida Tech, Barry’s Tony Dennison, Brandon Friedel of Arkansas Tech and Rion Rayfield of Florida Southern.
The 2009-10 Daktronics All-America Team will be announced on March 23.