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Kent named GPAC Freshman of the Year, Sloup second team

Kent named GPAC Freshman of the Year, Sloup second team

SEWARD, Neb. – A trio of Bulldogs represented the Concordia University men’s basketball team with 2018-19 all-conference mention, as announced by the GPAC on Wednesday (Feb. 27). Junior guard Brevin Sloup garnered second team all-conference honors while Carter Kent was chosen as the GPAC Freshman of the Year. Kent was joined by teammate Tanner Shuck with honorable mention accolades.

Kent is just the second Bulldog during the GPAC era (2000-present) to earn the conference freshman of the year award (Joel Haywood picked up the same honor in 2011-12). The native of Crete, Neb., immediately jumped into the starting lineup as a rookie and averaged 10.4 points per game (third on the team). The all-time leading scorer at Crete High School also totaled 90 rebounds and 64 assists while playing in all 31 games. He shot 39.4 percent from the floor, 33.8 percent from 3-point range and 76.3 percent from the free throw line. Kent’s season high of 26 points was achieved in the 102-92 upset of then No. 7 Briar Cliff on Jan. 12.

Sloup starred as the team’s most dependable offensive weapon in his first season as a starter in 2018-19. The Seward High School product led the team with a scoring average of 16.4 points (11th among GPAC players). Sloup also averaged 3.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists while starting all 31 games. He turned in shooting percentages of 43.5 from the field, 40.8 from 3-point range and 86.5 from the free throw line. Sloup racked up a career high 33 points in the victory over Briar Cliff and was named the GPAC Player of the Week. One of the league’s top shooters, Sloup finished with GPAC rankings of second in free throw percentage and 10th in 3-point field goal percentage.

This past season Shuck became the 30th member of the program’s 1,000-point club. Now tied for 24th on the program’s all-time scoring list (1,123), the Grand Island, Neb., native averaged 13.5 points in 2018-19 and led the team with 40 steals while starting all 31 games. Shuck shot 40.7 percent from the field, 36.1 percent from 3-point range and 82.3 percent from the foul line. His shining moment of the campaign was a 23-point performance that included the game-winning 3-point shot at Hastings on Jan. 9.

Sixth-year head coach Ben Limback’s squad finished the season with a 15-16 overall record. It placed eighth in the GPAC standings.

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