Editor's note: In conjunction of the launch of the new GoCentenary.com, we are announcing the addition of the Athlete of the Week by introducing Centenary's Female and Male Athlete of the Year for 2017-18. Starting in the fall of 2018, a Ladies or Gents student-athlete will be recognized as athlete of the week every Monday.
SHREVEPORT, La. – In a vote conducted by the Centenary athletic staff, Gents Basketball senior Travion Kirkendoll was named the Centenary Male Athlete of the Year.
Kirkendoll, who led the SCAC in points per game for the second in time in three seasons, received Second Team All-Region honors from both the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and D3Hoops.com. He was named First Team All-Conference for the third time in four seasons while also being tabbed Third Team All-Louisiana by the LSWA.
Kirkendoll finished 27th in the nation, scoring 22.2 points per game – the highest scoring output of his career and the fifth-most in the history of the SCAC. His 576 points in 2017-18 also ranks second on the Gents single-season list during the NCAA Division III era and fifth in the conference single-season record book.
In the SCAC Championship game against Schreiner, he broke the 13-year old career conference scoring record. His 1,919 career points ranks fourth overall and tops among during the NCAA Division III era in Gents basketball history.
Kirkendoll reached double digit scoring in 25-of-26 games, matching a career high with 37 on 14-for-20 shooting in the Gents 111-109 double overtime victory against Johnson and Wales December 3, 2017. In the final regular season game of his collegiate career against Austin College, Kirkendoll shot a career-best 9-for-11 (81.8 percent) from the field – including 8-for-9 (88.9 percent) in the second half alone – in helping the Gents rally from a 12-point deficit for the win on February 17, 2018.
Kirkendoll also finished his senior season second in the SCAC in steals per game (2.3, 31st in the nation) and seventh in assists per game (3.4). Leading the Conference in steals each of his first three seasons, his 199 thefts ranks tied for fourth