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BSU's Persons earns All-MAC honors again

By TYSON MATHEWS of the BSU Athletic Dept.

MUNCIE—Ball State senior point guard Tayler Persons garnered All-Mid-American Conference recognition for the third consecutive year, earning a third-team nod Monday.

Persons leads Ball State in scoring and assists this season, as he has done in each of his three years in Muncie, averaging 16.6 points and 4.2 assists per game.

The Kokomo product surpassed 1,900 points for his career in the regular season finale and is one of just five Division I players nationally with at least 1,900 points and 500 assists. He is the active leader in both categories among MAC players.

Persons has started every game for Ball State since joining the Cardinals from Northern Kentucky, where he was the Atlantic Sun Freshman of the Year. He made his 98th straight start for Ball State in Monday’s tournament opener at Eastern Michigan. Only Ray McCallum (104) has started more consecutive games in a BSU uniform.

All-MAC First Team selections were Justin Turner of Bowling Green, C.J. Massinburg of Buffalo, Nick Perkins of Buffalo, Jaylin Walker of Kent State, and Jaelan Sanford of Toledo.

All-MAC Second Team honors went to Demajeo Wiggins of Bowling Green, Jeremy Harris of Buffalo, Larry Austin Jr. of Central Michigan, James Thompson IV of Eastern Michigan, and Eugene German of Northern Illinois.

All-MAC Third Team picks were Tayler Persons of Ball State, Shawn Roundtree of Central Michigan, Nike Sibande of Miami (Ohio), Jason Carter of Ohio, and Seth Dugan of Western Michigan.

All-MAC Honorable Mention went to Daniel Utomi of Akron, Paul Jackson of Eastern Michigan, Elijah Minnie of Eastern Michigan, Nate Navigato of Toledo, and Marreon Jackson of Toledo.

Selections to the All-Freshman Team were Anthony Roberts of Kent State, Mekhi Lairy of Miami (Ohio), Ben Vander Plas of Ohio, Jason Preston of Ohio, and AJ Edu of Toledo.

All-Defensive Team honors were earned by Dontay Caruthers of Buffalo. Davonta Jordan of Buffalo, Larry Austin Jr. of Central Michigan, James Thompson IV of Eastern Michigan, and Darrian Ringo of Miami (Ohio).