LEXINGTON, Va. - VMI posted three honorees when the Big South basketball end-of-season awards were announced on Monday, Feb. 28. Austin Kenon (Sr., Virginia Beach, Va./First Colonial H.S.) was the runner-up for Player of the Year, and earned All-Big South First Team honors, while D.J. Covington (Virginia Beach, Va./Norfolk Academy) and Rodney Glasgow (Brooklyn, N.Y./Good Counsel) were each tabbed All-Freshman, with Covington winning Big South Freshman of the Year laurels.
Kenon finished the year ranked second in points per game (18.3), and has been particularly hot over the past six weeks. In fact, since shooting just 1 for 11 against Charleston Southern on Jan. 8, he has averaged 21.6 points per game and is shooting 50.6% from the floor including 45% from 3-point range.
The senior has scored at least 20 points seven times in that run, and has three 30-point-plus games as well, including his career-high 39-point effort against Liberty on Feb. 15. During the streak, he has also moved into the top-20 in Big South career scoring, the top-six in career VMI scoring, the top-three in Big South career three-pointers made and Kenon has also assumed the VMI lead in career treys.
"Austin has had an unbelievable senior year as well as an outstanding career at VMI," said head coach Duggar Baucom. "He will leave VMI as a Top 5 scorer and more importantly as one of the players with the most wins in school history. The second half of the season Austin has put his team on his back and carried us."
Center Covington paced the Big South in total blocks (56) and blocks per game (2.4) during the regular season. He is just the seventh freshman, true or redshirt, in Big South history to block 50 shots, and concluded the regular season by winning the last three BSC Freshman of the Week awards. In addition, his total blocks place him fifth on VMI's single-season rankings list, while his blocks per game tie a Keydet record. Covington is VMI's first Big South Freshman of the Year, and first overall since 2001-02 (Jason Conley, Southern Conference).
"DJ has had a phenomenal freshman year," said Baucom. He has had to battle through injuries throughout the year but has improved with every contest. He has become a go-to player in the paint and a difference maker on the defensive end."
Point guard Glasgow finished the regular season ranked fifth in the Big South in assists per game (4.0) and first in the League in assist/turnover ratio (2.55). That ratio ranks an impressive 19th in the country. Prior to Thursday's game with Presbyterian, Glasgow had not had a game with more than two turnovers since Jan. 2. He committed two turnovers in that game, has 15 games with one turnover or fewer this season and, from Feb. 10 through 19, did not commit a single miscue.
"Rodney has been the perfect point guard for our system," said Baucom."He has been wonderful at taking care of the ball, finding the open man, and leading this team on the court, all remarkable traits for a freshman."
Baucom added, "It is quite an accomplishment for a player to make the All-Freshman team at VMI. It shows DJ and Rodney's character to be able to balance academics, the challenge of the Rat Line, and all of the demands that are placed upon them on the court."
VMI (17-12, 10-8 Big South) enters the 2011 Advance Auto Parts Big South Conference Basketball Championship as the fourth seed and will host fifth-seeded Winthrop in the quarterfinals Tuesday night at Cameron Hall. Tip-off is 7 p.m.