February 24, 2011

Tornado among NCAA DII bests

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - King College owns 15 Top-50 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball stat rankings as announced by the national office, with 21 among the Top-100.

The highest ranking was scored by Mark Dockery (Nickelsville, Va.) with the No. 2 spot, barely, in the three-point field goal per game. He has a 4.15 average, right behind West Liberty's Jordan Fortney with 4.2. Dockery was No. 17 in three-point field goal percentage with a 43.4 mark, up two spots. He scored the No. 32 ranking in points per game with 19.8, a nine-spot climb. Dockery was also No. 78 in free-throw percentage with an 83.7 clip.

Brian Hewitt (Lexington, Ky.) had four Top-100 individual rankings led by the No. 26 spot in steals per game with 2.3. His 2.11 assist-turnover ratio put Hewitt at No. 40. A 37.8 three-point field goal percentage slipped outside the Top-50 at No. 51. A 2.6 three-point field goals per game was No. 61 in the nation.

Jason Seymore (Powell, Tenn.) shot his way to No. 8 in field-goal percentage with a 65.9 mark. A 7.8 rebound per game average placed Seymore at No. 81.

Clarence Smith (Nashville, Tenn.) jumped 13 spots in field goal percentage with a 55.0 mark at No. 56.

For another week King's 10.0 three-point field goals per game was No. 3. The Tornado's 18.9 assist per game climbed a spot to No. 4. A 10.5 steals per game average was good for the No. 7 spot. With a 4.3 turnover margin at No. 9 gave King four Top-10 team rankings.

King's 1.3 assist-turnover ratio ranked No. 14 with a No. 16 spot for an 83.6 scoring average. The Tornado posted a 38.8 three-point field goal percentage to move in at No. 18.

A 10.5 scoring margin gave King the No. 30 spot while the 48.0 field-goal percentage was No. 37.

The Tornado improved a dozen places in fouls per game to No. 75 with 17.8.

King, at 15-12, will close out the home portion of the regular season Saturday with a 3 p.m. game against USC Aiken.