BOSTON (ArkansasRazorbacks.com) – The honors keep stacking up for
Arkansas forward Bobby Portis, as the Little Rock native was named a
finalist for the Kyle Macy National Freshman of the Year award late
Monday night. For being named a finalist, Portis is part of the 2013-14
Kyle Macy Freshmen All-America team.
The winner of the 2014 Kyle Macy award will be announced at the CollegeInsider.com Awards Banquet on April 4 in Dallas.
Following the regular season, Portis was named to the All-SEC second team and SEC All-Freshmen team while also earning a spot on the USBWA All-District VII team. Portis responded to those honors by posting back-to-back double-doubles in the NIT against South Alabama and at California en route to breaking the Arkansas freshman single-season record for rebounds with 230.
The rebound record wasn't the only Arkansas freshman benchmark that Portis broke in 2013-14, as three-time SEC Freshman of the Week scored 35 points against Alabama at Bud Walton Arena on Feb. 5, dethroning the 21-year record held by current Director of Student-Athlete Development Scotty Thurman. Portis scored 29 of Arkansas' first 35 points in the record-breaking night, hitting 14-of-17 from the field, while also adding nine rebounds and a season-best six blocks. The 35-point night was the most by a Razorback since 2002, and the third-most points scored by an SEC player this season.
Portis finished his rookie campaign with averages of 12.3 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per night. His rebounding efforts currently rank tied for seventh in the SEC, while he's sixth in blocks per game, both of which were team-bests. Portis reached double figures 23 times, accumulating a team-high five doubles while leading the way on the glass in 16 contests. Out of his team-leading 54 blocks, 35 came in SEC play which is good for a tie for sixth in program history in an SEC single-season. Portis also added a team-high 86 offensive caroms, 50 assists and 35 steals.
The finalists for the 2014 Kyle Macy Award include Deandre Bembry (St. Joseph's), Myles Davis (Xavier), James Daniel (Howard), Rodney Elliott (UMBC), Joel Embiid (Kansas), Tyler Ennis (Syracuse), Shannon Evans (Buffalo), Kahlil Felder (Oakland), Aaron Gordon (Arizona), Khallid Hart (Marist), Vincent Hunter (UTEP), Rysheed Jordan (St. John's), Tim Kempton (Lehigh), E.C. Matthews (Rhode Island), Jordan Mickey (LSU), Jabari Parker (Duke), London Perrantes (Virginia), Cameron Payne (Murray State), Julius Randle (Kentucky), Jonathan Starks (Tulane), Sindarius Thornwell (South Carolina), Noah Vonleh (Indiana), Paul Watson (Fresno), Andrew Wiggins (Kansas) and Marquis Wright (Siena).