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Men’s Basketball: Millsap Named Sun Belt’s Freshman of the Year, Dees on Third Team

LAFAYETTE – Louisiana’s Ragin’ Cajuns guard Elijah Millsap, who attended Grambling (Louisiana) High School, was named the 2007 Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year.

Millsap has seen action in 22 games with 17 starts and leads all freshmen in the conference in scoring (12.0 ppg.) and rebounding (7.2 rpg.).  His rebounding total ranks 5th in the conference for all players. 

Millsap scored double figures 15 times out of 22 games played and pulled down at least five rebounds 16 times hitting double figures seven times.

Millsap had a string of 12 straight games scoring double digits from Dec. 28 through Feb. 8. In 18 Sun Belt games played in, he scored double figures 15 times.

Fellow teammate David Dees was a member of the 15-player all-conference team. Dees, a junior transfer from Liberty University, was named to the third team.

Dees leads the Cajuns in free throws made, defensive rebounds and assists and ranks second on the squad in scoring average (17.1 points per game). He has averaged at least 17 points per game the entire season and scored double figures in 23 of 28 games played.

Dees ranks sixth in the Sun Belt averaging 17.1 points per game and 17th in the league in rebounding averaging 5.4 rebound per game.

Millsap is the first Cajuns player since Michael Southall (2002) to be named the Sun Belt’s Freshman of the Year.

Dees’ selection to the All-Sun Belt team extended the Cajuns’ steak of having at least one all-conference player to 12 straight seasons.