JONESBORO, AR (astateredwolves.com) – Arkansas State senior guard Aundrea Gamble and senior forward Khadija Brown-Haywood have earned a pair of preseason honors from College Sports Maddness when the website named Gamble its Preseason Mid-Major Player of the Year, while Brown-Haywood earned Preseason All-SBC Second-Team honors. A-State head coach Brian Boyer was tabbed as the website's Sun Belt Preseason Coach of the Year.
Gamble was also named the website's SBC Preseason Player of the Year and a First-Team Preseason All-SBC selection. The reigning CSM Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year is coming off a season in which she was the SBC's scoring leader with an average of 19.2 points per outing. She also set the all-time A-State single season assist record with 171 a year ago.
The McKinney, Texas native earned national recognition when she became just the second player in school history to earn All-America status when the WBCA tabbed as an Honorable Mention All-American this past April. Entering the 2015-16 season she ranks 11th on the Red Wolves' all-time scoring list with 1,312 points and is 17th among all active NCAA players with career scoring average of 19.0 points per game.
Brown-Haywood enjoyed a breakout campaign last season and averaged a career-high 11.5 points per game on hear to earning All-SBC Third-Team accolades. She had the 15th best scoring average among all Sun Belt players, and started in 33 of the Red Wolves' 35 contests. She scored a career best 21 points against Christian Brothers on Nov. 28 and continued to set records throughout the season. She grabbed a career best 13 rebounds against Appalachian State in the opening round of the SBC Tournament.