JACKSONVILLE Fla. - Following multiple team-leading performances and ASUN Awards, Jacksonville men's basketball's JD Notae has been named the Pepsi Student-Athlete of the Month for January. The freshman's success has continued into the new year, after he was named the Napa Newcomer of the Month for December 2017.
Notae led the Dolphins in scoring over the past month, averaging 16.0 points-per-game, and shooting 45.5 percent from the floor. The Covington, Ga. native put up double-figures in eight of nine contests, leading the team in scoring five times. His 21 points against both Lipscomb on Jan. 13 and Stetson on Jan. 24 helped JU pick up critical conference wins at home. Notae went 3-5 from beyond-the-arc and hit a pair of game-winning free throws to push the Dolphins over the Hatters on the road on Jan. 29. With JU trailing by three, the rookie drew a foul shooting a three, setting up two free shots to give him 20 points and JU an ASUN road victory.
Averaging 16.2 PPG, Notae is currently second on the team and fifth in the conference in overall scoring. His 1.9 steals-per-contest rank third in the ASUN, while his 32.6 minutes played per-game are fourth. The guard has eclipsed double-figures in 23 games this season, including in all but one contest in conference play.
Awards have come often this year for Notae, who is a contender for ASUN Freshman of the Year. He was named the conference's Newcomer of the Week on Dec. 26, 2017, after averaging 16 points, five assists, and four rebounds in a pair of contests. Notae swept the awards the following week, winning ASUN player and Newcomer of the Week on Jan. 2. The freshman posted 26 points and 5.5 boards in three games, leading all scorers with 22 points in JU's bout at Michigan.
Behind Notae's standout performances, JU finished the month of January with a 7-2 record. The mark is the team's highest winning percentage in a single month since going 4-1 in November 2010, and is the best the Dolphins have done in the first month of the year in eight seasons.