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Obanor Named Freshman All-American

Obanor Named Freshman All-American

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TULSA, Okla. – Oral Roberts freshman Kevin Obanor has been named a finalist for the 2019 Kyle Macy National Freshman of the Year Award, it was announced Monday by College Insider. Additionally, Obanor was named to the 2019 Kyle Macy Freshmen All-America team by the same organization. 

Obanor, who was named The Summit League Freshman of the Year and named to the All-Summit League second team, becomes ORU's first Freshman All-American since Steven Roundtree in 2010-11.

During his rookie campaign with the Golden Eagles, Obanor posted the sixth highest scoring average (14.9 points per game) and the seventh highest rebounding average (7.4 rebounds per game) for a freshman in ORU history. He led ORU in scoring and was one of just four players in The Summit League to rank in the top 10 in both scoring and rebounding. His career high 31 points earned him Summit League Player of the Week honors, and was the third highest scoring total by a freshman in ORU history. He finished the season scoring 15 or more points in 14 of the final 17 games of the season and had eight or more rebounds in 13 games during the same stretch.

The award is named after Kyle Macy. The 1975 Indiana "Mr. Basketball" played his freshman season at Purdue University, averaging 13.8 points per game while leading the Boilermakers in free throws (85.9 percent for the season). He started in 25 of 27 games, helping them to a 16-11 season record.

The recipient of the 2019 Kyle Macy award will be announced on April 5 at the College Insider Awards Event, in Minneapolis, site of the 2019 NCAA division I basketball championship.

2019 KYLE MACY FRESHMEN ALL-AMERICA TEAM
Robert Allen         6-8          Samford
James Akinjo         6-0          Georgetown
Charles Bassey      6-11        Western Kentucky
R.J. Barrett            6-7          Duke
Ignas Brazdeikis    6-7          Michigan
Antoine Davis       6-1          Detroit Mercy
Lamine Diane        6-7          CSUN
Luguentz Dort       6-4          Arizona State
Kevin Easley          6-6          Chattanooga
Adam Flagler        6-3          Presbyterian
Jayden Gardner    6-6          East Carolina
Ashton Hagans      6-3          Kentucky
Jaxson Hayes        6-11        Texas
Cameron Healy    6-3          Albany
Tyler Herro           6-5          Kentucky
Tre Jones               6-2          Duke
Xavier Johnson     6-3          Pittsburgh
Romeo Langford  6-6          Indiana
Nick Muszynski     6-11        Belmont
Kevin Obanor       6-8          Oral Roberts
Jalen Pickett          6-4          Siena
Neemias Queeta  6-11        Utah State
Naz Reid                 6-10        LSU
Sam Sessoms        6-0          Binghamton
Kai Toews              6-2          UNCW
Coby White           6-5          North Carolina
Zion Williamson    6-7          Duke
Camren Wynter   6-2          Drexel
Alexis Yetna          6-8          USF
Marcus Zegarowski              6-2          Creighton

For the latest information on ORU men's basketball, follow @ORUMBB on Twitter or Instagram, or go to www.ORUAthletics.com. Fans can also receive updates on the team by downloading the ORU Athletics Front Row App at ORUAthletics.com/frontrow  or the ORU Golden Eagles Live App in iTunes or the Google Play Store. For tickets, visit mabeecenter.com or call 495-7ORU (7678).

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