With 347 schools participating in Division I college basketball, it is easy for a team or player to get lost in the shuffle. However, by giving the Southland Conference a look, one would soon realize how great a player Corey Allmond is for Sam Houston State.
The Bearkats are currently 23rd in Division I in scoring at 79.8 points per game, and Allmond leads the team with a 16.6 scoring average. Last season, he finished eight in the Southland Conference in scoring at 15.3 points per game. That total marked the highest scoring average for a Bearkat guard since Jeremy Burkhalter in 2000.
Although Allmond is a lethal shooting from anywhere on the floor, he is particularly proficient from three-point range. Currently, Allmond leads the Southland and ranks seventh in Division I with 3.2 made three-pointers per game.
It is unfortunate that Allmond's best performance of the season was obscured by people who focused on Kentucky beating Sam Houston State by just 10 points and giving up 92 points in the process instead of individual accomplishments. In that game versus the Wildcats, Allmond exploded for 37 points and converted on 11 three-pointers.
The senior guard's best attributes are his consistency and the ability to perform in clutch situations. Only three times this year has Allmond failed to record double-digits in a game. In one of those occasions, he only played 19 minutes in a blowout victory over Mid-America Christian.
Along with his individual success against Kentucky, Allmond scored 17 points in a come-from-behind victory against Oral Roberts and scorched Auburn for 25 in a 107-89 victory for the Bearkats. Just recently, he provided 24 points in a game against Lamar in which Gilberto Clavell, Allmond's statsheet stuffer teammate, was in foul trouble throughout the game and recorded zero points.
Not only is Allmond a tremendous player, he is likable outside of the basketball universe. For those of us who love to eat, Allmond says his favorite food is "everything." He is even a big Martin Lawrence fan. See, that just shows he isn't perfect.
Sam Houston State is currently 13-5 and 5-0 in conference play. This is the first time in the 23 years that the school has been in the Southland Conference that the team has stayed unbeaten this long.
Sam Houston State fans are hopeful that Allmond can lead the team to a Southland Conference Tournament Championship and an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament in March. What they know for sure is what a joy Allmond is to watch.
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