Gafford and Joe Named USBWA All-District
FAYETTEVILLE – Arkansas sophomore Daniel Gafford and freshman Isaiah Joe were named All-District VII as voted on by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA), it was announced today. District VII includes Division I players from the states of Arkansas, Texas and Louisiana.
Gafford (El Dorado) leads the SEC in field goal percentage (.660), rebounding (8.7) and offensive rebounding (2.87) while ranking third in blocked shots (2.06), third in defensive rebounds (5.87) and fourth in scoring (17.0). He is the only player in the SEC to rank among the top five – much less the top 10 – in each of these categories. He additionally leads the SEC in field goals made and ranks third in double-doubles.
Joe (Fort Smith) has not only had one of the best rookie campaigns in school history, but he is producing one the best in SEC and even NCAA history. He has made 106 3-pointers to date to set the Arkansas single-season record for triples made in a season. Joe leads the SEC in 3-pointers made per game (3.42) and 3-point percentage (.429). He is looking to join Tennessee’ Chris Lofton (2005) as the only freshmen to lead the league in both categories. Joe additionally ranks second among all NCAA freshman in both 3-pointers made and percentage. Joe only needs to make three more 3-pointers to rank among the NCAA top six for 3-pointers made in a season by a freshman. Joe ranks second in SEC history for 3-pointers made in a season by a freshman with the record being 113.
Arkansas, the ninth seed, will face eighth-seeded Florida on Thursday (March 14) at the 2019 SEC Tournament. Tip-off is set for Noon at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.
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