BRISTOL, Tenn. – With the Conference Carolinas Tournament powered by OrthoCarolina about to get underway, the league handed out their season awards at Tuesday night's banquet at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Hunter LeVeau was named the Conference Carolinas Freshman of the year as well as second team all-conference. Logan Lyle also garnered second team all-conference recognition.
LeVeau has had a spectacular rookie campaign as he is King's second-leading scorer with an average of 14.0 points per game. He has poured in at least 20 points eight times, including his career-high of 27 points twice. He reached the mark for the first time in his third career game, against #15 Lincoln Memorial University. He matched against University of Mount Olive when he made nine of his 11 shots, and going 7-for-9 from three-point range. The Johnson City, Tenn., native has been an all-around performer for the Tornado, posting a team-high three double-doubles this season. He is among the Conference Carolinas leaders in rebounding and three-point shooting. LeVeau averages 6.1 boards per game to rank him 10th in the league, and makes 41.6 percent of three-point attempts, ranking him seventh in Conference Carolinas.
Lyle leads the team in scoring with 14.3 points per contest and has reached double digits in scoring 19 times this season. He has been deadly from three-point range, ranking ninth nationally in total three-point field goals made while shooting at a 40.4 percent. The tandem of LeVeau and Lyle are a large part of the reason that King currently ranks second nationally with 371 three-point field goals made this season. One of Lyle's 19 games with at least 10 points came on Saturday when he poured in a career-high 30 points in the opening round of the conference tournament against the same North Greenville team that fell to King four days earlier on Lyle's game-winning three-point play with four seconds remaining. He scored 22 points in King's 131-69 win over Mars Hill in November, had a game-clinching three-point basket in a four-point win over Belmont Abbey on January 21, and scored a then-career-high 28 points in a January 27 win at Lees-McRae.
LeVeau, Lyle, and the rest of the third-seeded Tornado will be back in action on Wednesday evening in the semifinals of the Conference Carolinas Tournament powered by OrthoCarolina against No. 2 Barton. Tipoff is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. at the Cabarrus Arena and Events Center in Concord, N.C. Should the Tornado win, they will compete in the tournament championship game against the winner of Limestone College and University Mount Olive at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday.