KANSAS CITY, Mo. ---- Auburn Montgomery senior forward LaKenya Drayton became the first Warhawks women's basketball player in three years to receive NAIA All-American Honorable Mention recognition, the national office announced this afternoon.
The honor caps an impressive two-year run for the Hephzibah, Ga., native. Drayton was one of two Warhawks to start all 30 games, leading AUM with 12.1 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. She scored 20 or more points on five occasions and registered nine double-doubles.
"My coaching staff put in a lot of time over the summer to help me become the player that I am today," Drayton said. "And I'm very grateful for them and my teammates. This award means a lot to me. It shows how much the team has improved overall since last year."
Drayton scored in double figures for the first eight games of the 2012-13 season, continuing a streak from her junior year which reached 16 games. She scored a career-high 23 points against Southern Wesleyan in November and grabbed a career-high 17 rebounds at Spring Hill in January. For the season, she hit 47.1 percent of her shots from the field and improved in almost every offensive category from last year.
"I'm very excited for Kenya because I know how hard she's worked here," head coach Dan Davis said. "We wouldn't have been the team that we were this season if it weren't for her development over the last year. She is the standard of what we want all of our players to strive to be everyday on and off the court."
In January, Drayton became the first AUM player since Cassie Moore in 2010 to be named the Southern States Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Week. Moore was also the last from AUM to earn NAIA honorable mention recognition back in 2009-10.
Drayton finishes her AUM career with 658 points and 472 rebounds. She added 18 double-doubles during that span, and scored in double figures in 37 out of 60 games. She started all 60 games that she appeared in.
The Warhawks ended the 2012-13 season with a 21-9 record, winning 20 games for the first time in four years. They began the season 10-0, including a victory over eventual NAIA runner-up Lee University, and finished one spot out of the NAIA National Tournament.