FAU Men’s Basketball’s Xavian Stapleton Named C-USA Co-Sixth Man of the Year

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BOCA RATON, Fla. – (March 12, 2019) Florida Atlantic University graduate forward Xavian Stapleton was named Conference USA Co-Sixth Man of the Year on Tuesday. The announcement was made in advance of the Conference USA tournament, which begins on Wednesday, March 13 in Frisco, Texas. He is the first FAU men’s basketball player to earn an individual superlative since Brett Royster was named Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 2011. Stapleton shared the honor with LaDavius Draine of Southern Miss

Stapleton has appeared in 24 games, averaging 13.2 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. He is shooting 45.8 percent from the floor and 36.4 percent from 3-point range. After missing time due to injury, Stapleton returned for conference play and is averaging 14.1 points and 4.1 rebounds while shooting 46.8 percent, including 39.2 percent from behind the arc, in less than 22 minutes per game. 

The Owls are the No. 9 seed for the C-USA tournament and will play eighth-seeded Louisiana Tech on Wednesday, March 13 at 7 p.m. Eastern. The game will air on ESPN+ and live audio will be available on ESPN 106.3 FM, ESPNWestPalm.com or via smartphone using the free ESPN app.

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Florida Atlantic University Athletics:

FAU Athletics is comprised of 21 intercollegiate teams involving 450 student-athletes that compete in baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, indoor and outdoor track, volleyball, beach volleyball, cheer and dance. The Owls are a NCAA Division I-A (FBS) institution and compete in Conference USA and the Coastal Collegiate Sports Association (CCSA) (beach volleyball, men’s swimming). The Owls have been playing football since 2001 and are a perfect 3-0 in bowl games, the most recent being a 50-3 victory over Akron in the 2017 Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl. The dance team finished its 2014 season No. 8, nationally. FAU cheer won a national championship in 2016.

About Florida Atlantic University:

Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of critical areas that form the basis of its strategic plan: Healthy aging, biotech, coastal and marine issues, neuroscience, regenerative medicine, informatics, lifespan and the environment. These areas provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit www.fau.edu.

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