EARNING NAIA BASKETBALL HONORS


Athletics // March 2, 2021

In an abbreviated season that had no national tournaments, four Freed-Hardeman University basketball players garnered national recognition.

For the second consecutive season, Haylee Croom was named an NAIA first team All-American. As a senior forward, she led the Lady Lions to their second American Midwest Conference championship and was named the Conference Player of the Year. Croom averaged a double-double with 18.1 points and 11.6 rebounds per game.

Croom is currently a graduate assistant coach for the Lady Lions, as she pursues a master’s degree.

Playing one season for the Lions, Bryan Battle was named to the NAIA Third Team All-American list. Battle averaged 16.2 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. He also was named to the All-AMC team and was chosen to participate in the 2020 NAIA All-Star Game which would have been played on the night of the national championship.

In addition, two players earned honorable mention recognition on the All-American list, Lady Lion Alyssa LeMay and Lion Kortland Martin. LeMay averaged 13.5 points per game, knocking down 72 3-pointers at a 38-percent clip. Martin, a junior, averaged 16.9 points per game and set a new single-game scoring record with 44 points.