Press Release- Stephen F. Austin Media Relations
NACOGDOCHES, Texas – Stephen F. Austin senior forward Jacob Parker was named the University Men’s Player of the Year by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC) for the 2013-14 season.
“It is a terrific award for him, culminated by a great year, that goes hand-in-hand with the other accolades he has received,” head coach Brad Underwood said. “In a state loaded with great players and coaches, it is quite an honor that he, this program, this university and all of East Texas can be proud of.”
The award adds to the many honors already given to Parker for his junior season. A 2013-14 Lou Henson All-American and Lou Henson finalist, given annually to the top mid-major player in Division I college basketball, Parker was also named the Southland Conference Player of the Year and first-team All-SLC. The native of Bixby, Okla., was also named to the USBWA (District VII) and NABC (District 23 First Team) all-district teams.
Parker helped the Lumberjacks to a record-setting 32-3 season, wining the SLC regular-season and tournament titles to advance to the NCAA Tournament. In the second round, SFA became the nation’s Cinderella story by upsetting fifth-seeded VCU 77-75 in overtime to pick up the program’s first-ever win in the big dance.
Parker closed out the season averaging 14. 2 points and 7.1 rebounds per game, recording 10 double-doubles. He ended the season ranked among the conference leaders in several statistical categories, including fifth in offensive rebounds (2.5), seventh in rebounding (7.1) and free throw percentage (.799), eighth in field goal percentage (.538), 11th in defensive rebounds (4.6), 12th in scoring (14.2) and 14th in steals (1.4).
He scored in double figures in all but six of the team’s 35 games and scored 20 points or more six times, including a career-high 31 points at Marshall in November. Parker scored 22 points for the `Jacks in the win over VCU and pulled down a career-high 13 rebounds against Northwestern State inJanuary.