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Buster Garners Preseason All-SLC Honor

11/4/2020 2:05:00 PM | By: James Dixon, Assistant AD/Media Relations

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FRISCO, Texas – Lamar University junior guard Davion Buster has been named 2020 Preseason Second Team All-Southland Conference announced league officials Wednesday morning. In addition to the release of the preseason all-conference teams, the Cardinals have also been picked fifth in a preseason poll of the league's head coaches and media relations directors.


"We knew Davion was a special player when we recruited him and he's proven that during his time at Lamar," said head coach Tic Price. "People have to be aware of where he is on the court at all times. He is more of a rhythm player and is very tough to stop once he gets it going. The league has recognized the value that he brings to the program."


Buster returns as the Cardinals' top returning scorer. The Austin, Texas native ended his sophomore season ranked 13th in the league averaging 14.6 points per game. One of the league's top sharp shooters, Buster finished the season sixth in the league in three-point field goal percentage (95-of-251/.378) and second in the Southland in three-pointers made per game (3.3). He also averaged 2.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.8 steals per game.


Buster etched his name in the school and Southland record books last season against rival McNeese. Buster struck for a 11 three-pointers to tie a conference record and became the third player in program history to hit 11 threes in a game. Buster finished the game with 39 points, despite sitting out part of the game with an ankle injury.


In just two short seasons, Buster has already knocked down 130 three-pointers, just 10 shy of moving onto the school's all-time top 10 list. That number is made even more impressive by the fact that Buster played in just 19 games during his rookie season.


The Cardinals are picked fifth in the poll behind preseason favorite Stephen F. Austin. Big Red received three-first place votes (199 points) and is one of five schools to receive first-place votes. The Cardinals finished just 10 points back of fourth place Nicholls, and 17 back of third-place Sam Houston State. Abilene Christian (three first place votes) was picked second with 254 points.


"We don't put much stock in preseason polls," said Price. "The polls are for the media and the fans. We put more stock into how we finish. The goal each year is to finish No. 1. I think that is something that our team can look at and use as motivation to prove to the rest of the league that we're better than a fifth-place team."


The Cardinals enter the 2020-21 season with eight returning letterwinners and three starters from last season. In addition to Buster, senior Avery Sullivan is also coming off a career year for the Red and White. The Pflugerville native posted career highs in every statistical category last season while turning himself into one of the league's top double-double men. The Cardinals closed out the 2019-20 season having won five of their final seven games, including a 21-point blowout in the opening round of the Southland tournament against rival McNeese.

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