Combs, Barksdale Earn Summit League Postseason Honors


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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Two members of the IUPUI men's basketball team collected postseason accolades on Thursday (Mar. 3) as The Summit League announced postseason awards in conjunction with a pre-tournament press conference in Sioux Falls. Junior guard Darell Combs was voted Second Team All-League and to the league's All-Newcomer Team while senior swingman Marcellus Barksdale was voted honorable mention All-Summit League for the second straight year. 

IPFW's Max Landis was voted Player of the Year while Mastodons Head Coach Jon Coffman was named Coach of the Year. Omaha guard Tra-Deon Hollins was named the league's Defensive Player of the Year and Transfer of the Year and South Dakota State big man Mike Daum was voted Sixth Man and Freshman of the Year. Landis, Hollins and Daum were joined on the league's first team by Obi Emegano (Oral Roberts), John Konchar (IPFW) and George Marshall (South Dakota State). Combs was joined on the second team by Kory Brown (North Dakota State), Garret Covington (Western Illinois), Devin Patterson (Omaha) and Jake White (Omaha). Barksdale, A.J. Jacobson (NDSU), Deondre Parks (SDSU), Joe Reed (IPFW) and Joe Rosga (Denver) were all honorable mention picks. 

Combs, a 6-foot-1 guard, averaged a team-high 16.3 points per game during the regular season, including draining a team-best 58 treys and 117 free throws. He also finished tied for the team lead with 68 assists and was second on the squad with 31 steals. The Eastern Michigan-transfer hit for double-digits in 26 of 31 games, including nine games of 20 points or better. He closed the regular season with back-to-back games of 30-or-more, becoming the first IUPUI player to do so since George Hill in 2008. Combs' 16.3 points per game scoring average is the highest by an IUPUI player since Alex Young scored more than 20 points per game in 2012. In league play, Combs upped his output to 16.8 points per game and shot better than 46 percent from three-point range. 

The Chicago-native is the first IUPUI player to be voted to the league's All-Newcomer Team since Khufu Najee in 2014. 

Barksdale, a versatile 6-foot-5 guard, continued to be the Jaguars' Mr. Dependable this past season, starting all 31 contests while averaging 8.7 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game. He also collected a team-high 50 steals and 30 blocked shots at the defensive end. In 16 Summit League games, Barksdale averaged 10.3 points and 5.2 boards per game. In league play alone, Barksdale had a knack for the heroic, scoring the game-winner as time expired at IPFW on Jan. 23 and then assisting on the game-winning three with 1.2 seconds left in the one-point win over North Dakota State eight days later. He also had a pivotal bucket in the final seconds of the regular season finale victory over IPFW on Feb. 27. 

Barksdale will close his career ranked among the program's all-time leaders in rebounds, assists and steals and is north of 900 points in his collegiate career. 

The Jaguars will open Summit League Tournament play on Sunday night (Mar. 6) when they face No. 5 North Dakota State at 7:00 p.m. Eastern inside the Sanford PREMIER Center. The game will be heard on 107.5 FM as Morgan Adcock (pxp) calls the action and it will be seen on ESPN3.


This article was originally published on March 3, 2016 at IUPUIJags.com, the Official Site of IUPUI Athletics.

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