A-State's Cameron Golden Named to CSM Sun Belt Preseason Basketball Team

JONESBORO, Ark. (10/9/14) – Junior guard Cameron Golden of the Arkansas State University men's basketball team has been named to the 2014-15

College Sports Madness

(CSM) All-Sun Belt Conference (SBC) Preseason Men's Basketball Team

per a release this Thursday (Oct. 9) by the online collegiate news service.

Golden claimed fourth-team all-conference preseason honors by College Sports Madness, which selected five individuals apiece to comprise the preseason All-SBC first, second, third, and fourth teams.  Shawn Long of UL Lafayette was selected by College Sports Madness as the SBC Preseason Player of the Year while his coach, Bob Marlin, was tabbed the CSM Sun Belt Conference Preseason Coach of the Year.  The CSM SBC Preseason Freshman of the Year was Austin Evans of Texas State.

This past 2013-14 season, Golden averaged a personal career single-season high and team sixth-best 7.6 points per contest in helping A-State post a 19-13 overall record.  The 6-0, 158-pound backcourt player totaled a team-leading 81 assists and averaged 2.5 an outing while ranking second on the squad in steals (36), tied for third in three-point field goals made (43), and fifth in both rebounds (79) and rebounding average (2.5).  Golden, who

played in all 32 A-State games last season and had 11 starts, registered double-figure scoring in 13 contests for the 2013-14 campaign which included a career game-best 20 points at Texas State (1/4).  He scored a career season-most 244 points a season ago and averaged 24.0 minutes per contest.

A native of Memphis, Tenn., Golden led or shared game-high honors in both assists and steals five times apiece.  He also paced or split team-best honors in assists on eight occasions and 12 times in steals.

Golden finished the 2013-14 season tied for 12th among the SBC leaders in steals (1.1 stls.) and ranked 13th in assists (2.5 apg.) for all games.  He averaged 8.5 points (153 pts.) and grabbed 3.0 rebounds (54 rebs.) a game in 18 conference matchups this past season.

For his career, Golden is averaging 7.5 points (473 pts.), 2.6 rebounds (164 rebs.), 2.3 assists (146 asts.), and 1.1 steals (67 stls.) an outing in 63 appearances.

College Sports Madness covers all aspects of college sports from recruiting right up through the draft.  CSM counts down the preseason's top 144 men's basketball teams annually with in-depth previews, related articles, and postseason tournament bracketology projections.  Weekly player awards, team rankings, and updated bracketology will be featured once the men's basketball season has started.

The Red Wolves, under seventh-year head coach John Brady, open their 2014-15 season with a pair of home exhibition games versus Henderson State Nov. 5 and Southern Arkansas on Nov. 12 at the A-State Convocation Center in Jonesboro, Ark.  Tipoff for both outings is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. (CT).  A-State officially opens its 2014-15 campaign Nov. 17 hosting Tennessee-Martin in a 7:05 p.m. (CT) non-conference matchup at the Convocation Center.