LakePoint, Ga. – A record four players from the Jacksonville University men's basketball team have been honored by the league, the ASUN Conference announced Sunday.
For the first time in program history, four different Dolphins earned postseason accolades from the ASUN. Redshirt-senior Devin Harris was tabbed as the ASUN Defensive Player of the Year, and earned a spot on the All-ASUN Second Team. Rookie JD Notae was named ASUN Freshman of the Year and, along with Jalyn Hinton, was given a place on the ASUN All-Freshman Team. Additionally, redshirt-senior Cody Helgeland was named to the conference's All-Academic Team.
"We're very happy Devin, Cody, JD and Jalyn were recognized for their performances this season," Head Coach Tony Jasick said. "Each of them impacted our team's success in different ways throughout the year as our lineup changed constantly."
Devin Harris | R-Sr. | G | Tampa, Fla. | ASUN Defensive Player of the Year & Second-Team All-Conference
A transfer from East Tennessee State two seasons ago, Harris has been dominant on and off the scoresheet through the duration of the season for Jacksonville. The Tampa, Fla. native averaged 12.8 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 5.3 assists on the year, one of three Dolphins in double-figure scoring. Along with producing double-digit scoring in 16 games, Harris eclipsed 10 boards eight times, pacing the team in scoring on five occasions, in rebounds 13 times, and in 22 games in assists. The scoring spree amounted to five double-doubles this season.
The 6-4 guard became the first Jacksonville player to notch a triple-double since 1995 on Feb. 22, going for 14 points, 12 boards, and 16 dimes in the team's 86-81 win over cross-town rival North Florida. The assist mark was the most by a Dolphin since 1991, and ties for third among helps dished out in a game in the team's 61-year varsity history. Harris is currently tied for ninth in program history in assists with 144. He led the league in the category this season, and was fourth in rebounds-per-game, ranking second in defensive boards. The ASUN is no stranger to awarding the Dolphin this season, crowning him ASUN Player of the Week three times, including in the most recent announcement on Friday, Feb. 23.
JD Notae | Fr. | G | Covington, Ga. | ASUN Freshman of the Year & All-Freshman Team
Notae burst on the scene during the 2017-18 season, and developed into an ASUN men's basketball household name. The 6-2 guard paced the league's freshman in scoring (15.4 PPG), minutes (31.4 MPG), and steals (49) this season, adding 4.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists per-contest. His swipes mark landed him third in the league in steals-per-game (1.8) during the regular season. Notae led the team with 23 games in double-figures, topping the team in scoring 13 times, twice in rebounds, and seven times in assists. His accumulation of 432 points led the team, and was the second-highest scoring effort by a freshman in school history. Notae landed on the ASUN Weekly Awards list twice this year, winning Newcomer of the Week on Dec. 26, 2017 and Jan. 2, sweeping the awards the second week.
Jalyn Hinton | Fr. | F | Boston, Mass. | ASUN All-Freshman Team
A consistent force around the glass, Hinton revealed himself to the ASUN basketball world as the conference's next great dunk man on many occasions this year. The Boston, Mass. product displayed prime efficiency from the field and power near the rim, leading the conference in field goal percentage (64.3), and tying for second in blocked shots per-game (1.0).He posted double-figures in 11 games this season, leading the team in scoring once and seven times in rebounding. Hinton notched his first career double-double against Trinity Baptist on Jan. 2, 2018, posting 16 points and 10 boards. He was honored by the ASUN on Jan. 8, winning ASUN Newcomer of the Week. Both Hinton and Notae received national attention for their efforts this season, with Collegeinsider.com's Angela Lento and ESPN's Kevin Connors highlighting the shooting and dunking efforts of the rookie standouts.
Cody Helgeland | R-Sr. | F | Toccoa, Ga. | ASUN All-Academic Team
A transfer from South Georgia State, Helgeland becomes just the second Dolphin to earn a spot on the conference's All-Academic Team, joining Andris Misters in 2017. The Toccoa, Ga. native holds a 3.7 GPA, and will graduate in May with a degree in kinesiology. He has made the dean's list the past three semesters, and was given a post on the Jacksonville University President's List for the fall of 2017, achieving a perfect 4.0 on the semester. Helgeland averaged 7.5 points and 3.2 rebounds to the Dolphins this season, appearing in all 31 games and starting 18.
"This is great recognition for Devin and Cody to cap their careers," Jasick added. "Hopefully, these honors are a sign of things to come for JD and Jalyn, as they continue to grow within our program."
The announcement marks the first time that any of the four players have received a postseason award from the conference. The group joins senior Antwon Clayton and sophomore Tanner Rubio as having been placed on a team, with both being named to the ASUN All-Freshman Team following their rookie seasons.
No. 3 Jacksonville looks to advance in the ASUN Conference Championship Monday evening, when it hosts No. 6 Kennesaw State at Swisher Gym at 7:00 p.m.