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Akeem Richmond gets C-USA honor

By Brian North
Published On: Mar 10 2014 05:49:47 PM CDT
Updated On: Mar 10 2014 05:50:08 PM CDT
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EL PASO, TX -

East Carolina senior Akeem Richmond was named Second Team All-Conference USA on Monday as determined by a vote of the league's 16 head coaches and a selected panel of media representatives. Richmond joins Corey Rouse (2006) and Miguel Paul (2012, '13) as the only previous Pirates to earn second team accolades. He is the Pirates' eighth overall All-Conference USA selection.

The Sanford, N.C. native has enjoyed a remarkable final season. Richmond finished the regular season second in the league in scoring (17.9 ppg) and topped the conference in total 3-point field goals made (139) as well as per game (4.5). He tied the C-USA single-game record for 3s by making 10 against Campbell and Fayetteville State; first player in league history to make double digit 3-pointers in a game twice. Richmond also established new ECU marks for single-season and career 3-pointers (244).

Richmond is just one of 13 players in NCAA Division I history to make 400 3-pointers during his collegiate career.

Joining Richmond on the second team are UTEP's Julian Washburn and Vince Hunter along with FIU's Tymell Murphy and Tulsa's James Woodard.

Florida Atlantic's Pablo Bertone headlines the first team, leading the conference in scoring (18.9 ppg). UAB junior Chad Frazier earned all-league honors in his first season with the Blazers, finishing third in the conference with a 17.7 scoring average. Middle Tennessee's Shawn Jones, Louisiana Tech's Kenneth "Speedy" Smith and Southern Miss' Neil Watson round out the first team as each led his team to a share of the C-USA regular season title.

The third team features UTEP's John Bohannon, Marshall's Kareem Canty, Southern Miss' Michael Craig, Louisiana Tech's Alex Hamilton and Charlotte's Pierria Henry.

East Carolina finished the regular season with a 16-15 overall record and tied for 12th in Conference USA with a 5-11 mark. The Pirates earned the No. 12 seed in C-USA Championship and will face 13th-seeded UTSA in the first round Tuesday.