Submitted by RU Athletics
The Radford University men’s basketball team has racked up four Big South All-Conference honors for the 2022-23 season. DaQuan Smith was named Second Team All-Big South, Bryan Antoine was given an Honorable Mention nod, Kenyon Giles made the All-Freshman team, and Shaquan Jules earned a spot on the All-Academic team.
Smith played in all 31 games this season, starting 30 of them. As Radford’s most dangerous player most nights, the redshirt junior guard averaged 13.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game while also grabbing 32 steals and coming up with 10 blocks.
He shot 42.1% from the field, 38.5% from three-point range and 82.1% from the free throw line in an extremely efficient effort this year. Smith was honored twice during the season as the Big South Player of the Week.
Antoine stayed healthy for the vast majority of the season and was able to show off his highly touted ability, starting all 26 games he played in. The Tinton Falls, N.J., native was huge on both ends of the floor all year, averaging 11.2 points, three rebounds and 1.3 assists per game while leading the Highlanders and ranking second in the league with 1.7 steals per game. He shot 46.5% overall from the floor, 40.7% from three and 93.8% at the charity stripe.
A four-time Big South Freshman of the Week honoree, Giles came out of the gates on fire. His impact was felt immediately, even against the biggest of opponents, and he finished the season averaging 9.1 points, 1.2 rebounds, and 1.1 assists per game with 32 steals for the season. He scored 10 or more points in 13 different games and 20 or more points on three occasions.
Jules made the Big South All-Academic Team for the second straight season. When he wasn’t throwing down monster dunks on the court, he was excelling in the classroom to the tune of a 3.27 cumulative grade-point-average as a communications major. He boosted his GPA with a standout fall semester, earning a stellar 3.53 to begin the school year.
The Highlanders went 18-13 overall this season with a 12-6 record in Big-South play.
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