By Andrew Zimmel
The Texas State Bobcats were able to finish Sun Belt Conference play with a 11-7 record and a top four seed in SBC tournament; but to add some frosting to the cake, Senior Kavin Gilder-Tilbury walked away with First-Team SBC honors. Gilder-Tilbury is the first Bobcat to receive such honor since Terry Conerway in 2003.
Gilder-Tilbury lead the Bobcats in scoring with 16.8 points per game, and reached double digits in scoring in 28 of the Bobcats 30 games. Bigger than that however, was Gilder-Tilbury’s leadership on the court. Coming into the season, most polls had the Bobcats finishing last in the SBC. After the Bobcats came away from Outrigger Resort Classic with the title, things began to look up. Gilder-Tilbury averaged 20 ppg and eight rebounds for the tournament and won SBC player of the week. Since then, the offense ran through the duo of Gilder-Tilbury and Freshmen Nijal Pearson propelling the Bobcats farther than many around the Conference thought they could go.
Freshmen Nijal Pearson also walks away with an award. In the final week of SBC play, the freshmen was awarded Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week. This title comes after fellow Bobcat Gilder-Tilbury won the award last week. The freshmen averaged 18.5 ppg on on only 26 shots for the week. Pearson was also the Bobcat’s leading rebounder for the season, pulling down 5.7 boards a game.
Featured image by Madison Tyson.