NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana’s Jamaan Kenner is a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete in men’s basketball.
Kenner — a junior guard from LaPlace, La., and a graduate of East St. John High School — was one of 59 to receive that honor Monday. NAIA athletes qualify for the award with minimums of junior academic status and a cumulative 3.5 grade-point average. Kenner is a senior academically and a biology/pre-medical major with a 3.59 GPA.
He helped the Gold Rush finish 27-6 this season — the most victories by an XU men’s team since 1983-84 — finish second in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Tournament and earn an at-large bid to the Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I National Championship. Kenner averaged 4.7 points and 1.8 rebounds in 32 games with 16 starts. He made 28-of-89 3-pointers and hit a season-high four treys against
Concordia (Ala.) on Jan. 6. Kenner was the GCAC Player of the Week for Dec. 6-12.
“Jamaan Kenner is an outstanding representative of Xavier University and the men’s basketball program,” eighth-year head coach Dannton Jackson said. “He works diligently in the classroom and on the court.”
Kenner was the lone men’s or women’s basketball player from the GCAC to be named a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete this season.