Big Sky All-Conference Team
SACRAMENTO - For the third straight season, Sacramento State senior forward Justin Strings received all-Big Sky Conference recognition when he was named to the second team on Monday morning. The 6-foot-7, 220-pound forward has been named to the second team each of the last two years after receiving honorable mention honors as a sophomore.
A total of 20 players from the Big Sky's 12 teams were named all-league, including five first team selections, five second team choices, five third team selections and five honorable mentions. Strings was the lone Sacramento State player to receive all-league recognition.
Strings becomes just the second Hornet to be named all-conference on three occasions (Dylan Garrity was named all-league four times) since Sacramento State joined the Big Sky prior to the 1996-97 season.
A team co-captain, Strings is currently averaging 18.3 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.0 blocked shots and 36.0 minutes per game while shooting 43% (221-510) from the field. He has started all 31 games, and has scored in double figures in 30 of those contests. That includes 11 games with at least 20 points, highlighted by a 34-point game vs. Portland State, a 31-point game vs. Montana State, and 30 vs. Northern Colorado in Saturday's regular season finale. The Carson, Calif., native has made 153 trips to the free throw line (4.9 per game), and the 18.3 points per game average is the second best single-season mark in Sacramento State's Div. I era (1991-pres.).
Strings had scored in double figures in 47 straight games dating back to Dec. 29, 2016, but had that streak snapped at Northern Arizona two weeks ago. That had been the fifth longest active streak in the nation. He currently ranks first in the Big Sky in minutes, fifth in scoring and rebounding, and 10th in blocked shots.
The fourth-year senior has established himself as one of the greatest scorers in Sacramento State history as he currently has 1,563 points. That is the top mark in Sacramento State's Div. I era (1991-pres.), and the second best mark in program history (1948-pres.). In 70 years of basketball at Sacramento State, only one player has scored more points than Strings -- Robert Martin scored 1,774 points from 1985-89.
After averaging just 0.8 points in 4.2 minutes per game as a freshman, Strings scored 482 points (15.5 ppg) as a sophomore, 494 (15.9 ppg) as a junior, and he currently has 566 this season.
Strings is the leading scorer for a Sacramento State team that finished the regular season with a 7-24 overall record and 4-14 mark in league play. The injury-plagued Hornets will play in the first round of the Big Sky Conference Tournament in Reno on Tuesday against No. 6 seed Portland State at 8 p.m. Sacramento State has won its first game of the Big Sky Tournament each of the last three years.
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