From Special Reports
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Delta State University men’s basketball player Maalik Cartwright added another honor to his resume on Tuesday as he was selected as the Gulf South Conference’s Freshman of the Year for the 2019-2020 season.
Cartwright, who earlier in the day was recognized as the Freshman of the Week for the fifth consecutive week, averaged 10.7 points and 6.8 rebounds on the campaign, as well as 1.8 assists and 0.9 blocks per game.
The Holly Grove, Ark., native, did much of his damage late in the year for the Statesmen, as he came on strong to help lead Delta State to wins in two of its last three games. Over the final nine games of the season, Cartwright averaged 18.2 points per game and 10.5 rebounds per contest. In that same stretch, Cartwright posted five double-doubles and scored 17 or more points six times, including a season-high 29 in a win over the University of Auburn at Montgomery on Feb. 1.
Cartwright made a season-high 13 field goals and a had a season-high three steals in his 29-point effort against AUM, and pulled down a season-high 15 rebounds on Feb. 3 against the University of West Florida. He also had a season-high five assists in the final game of the year, an 89-78 victory over Montevallo.
Cartwright is the seventh Delta State player to be named GSC Freshman of the Year and the first since PJ Davis in 2014-2015. Cartwright joins Davis,Devin Schmidt (2013-14), Chad Atkins (2006-07), Kevie Dixon (1987-88), Gerald Glass (1985-86) and Scott Nagy (1984-85) as Statesmen winners of the award.