KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Two Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball players – seniors Eric Stutz and Corey Walden – were selected first team All-District 19 by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), the organization announced today.
Stutz posted the best season of his career. He averaged 15.6 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. He made 61 percent of his shots from the field, including 47 percent from three-point range. Stutz ranked sixth in the Ohio Valley conference in scoring, had the second best field goal percentage and was 11th in rebounding. He posted the eighth-best shooting percentage in the nation.
In a victory at IUPUI (Dec. 13), Stutz became the 27th player in program history to grab 500 rebounds in his career. When he scored his 1,000th career point at UT Martin (Jan. 8), the Newburgh, Indiana native became just the 13th player in EKU history to score 1,000 points and grab 500 rebounds. Stutz scored a career-best 27 points in a win over Belmont (Feb. 5).
The 2014-15 first team All-OVC selection played his best basketball down the stretch. Over Eastern’s final 16 games of the season, he averaged 18 points, six rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.
Stutz finished his career 15th on EKU’s all-time scoring list with 1,338 points. He stands 14th on the school’s all-time rebounds list with 648. He also set a new school record with 132 games played.
Walden closed out his career as one of the best in program history. In just three years as a Colonel, he scored 1,518 points, the eighth most-ever by a Colonel.
The two-time OVC Defensive Player of the Year also broke the EKU career and single season records for steals. His 236 career steals broke Jamie Ross’ mark of 221 and is the fifth most-ever in OVC history. Walden finished the 2014-15 season with 99 steals, which also broke the record of 87 held by Ross and is the second-most ever in one season by an OVC player.
During his senior season Walden averaged 18.6 points, four rebounds, 3.8 assists and 3.1 steals per game. He shot 55 percent from the field and nailed 82 percent of his free throws.
The 2014-15 first team All-OVC selection was the only player ranked in the top-10 in the OVC in scoring (2nd), field goal percentage (7th), assists (7th) and steals (1st). Walden leads the nation with an average of 3.09 steals per game and ranks 35th in scoring.
The Daytona Beach native became the 33rd player in EKU history to score 1,000 points when he scored 33 in a win at Southern Utah (Nov. 26). In the Colonels’ 28-point victory at No. 18 Miami, Walden had 18 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals. He hit two three-pointers from the “U” logo in the final five minutes to squelch any chance of a Miami comeback. He scored a career-best 35 points in Eastern’s regular season finale against Tennessee Tech. Walden’s lay-up with 12 seconds to go gave the Colonels a 66-65 victory over High Point in the second round of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT).
Eastern Kentucky went 21-12 this season and made its third straight appearance in a national postseason tournament. Eastern finished first in the OVC East Division with an 11-5 mark in league games. The Colonels have finished in the top-3 in the conference each of the last three seasons. The 21 victories are tied for the fourth most-ever in program history.