Furman Leads SoCon Men’s Basketball Honors

Southern Conference

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Southern Conference announced the 2017 men’s basketball postseason awards today (March 1). Selections include the coaches’ all-conference teams and specialty awards in addition to the Southern Conference Sports Media Association all-conference teams and awards.

 

The 2017 Southern Conference Men’s Basketball Championship presented by General Shale begins Friday at 5 p.m. at the U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville, N.C. The championship game is scheduled for Monday at 7 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN2.

 

 

 

2017 Men’s Basketball Awards – Coaches

 

All-Conference First Team

T.J. Cromer, ETSU

Devin Sibley, Furman

Justin Tuoyo, Chattanooga

Eric Garcia, Wofford

Fletcher Magee, Wofford

 

All-Conference Second Team

Kris Acox, Furman

Ria’n Holland, Mercer

Francis Alonso, UNCG

Diante Baldwin, UNCG

QJ Peterson, VMI

 

All-Conference Third Team

Desonta Bradford, ETSU

R.J. White, UNCG

Demetrius Denzel-Dyson, Samford

Wyatt Walker, Samford

Tre’ McLean, Chattanooga

 

 

All-Freshman Team

Preston Parks, The Citadel

Jordan Lyons, Furman

James Dickey, UNCG

Josh Sharkey, Samford

Nathan Hoover, Wofford

 

 

Player of the Year

Devin Sibley, Jr., G, Furman

 

Defensive Player of the Year

Justin Tuoyo, Sr., F, Chattanooga

 

Freshman of the Year

Preston Parks, G, The Citadel

 

Coach of the Year

Niko Medved, Furman

 

 

2017 Men’s Basketball Awards – Media

 

All-Conference First Team

T.J. Cromer, ETSU

Devin Sibley, Furman

QJ Peterson, VMI

Eric Garcia, Wofford

Fletcher Magee, Wofford


All-Conference Second Team

Kris Acox, Furman

Ria’n Holland, Mercer

Francis Alonso, UNCG

Diante Baldwin, UNCG

Justin Tuoyo, Chattanooga

 

All-Conference Third Team

Preston Parks, The Citadel

R.J. White, UNCG

Demetrius Denzel-Dyson, Samford

Wyatt Walker, Samford

Tre’ McLean, Chattanooga

 

 

All-Freshman Team

Preston Parks, The Citadel

Josh Sharkey, Samford

James Dickey, UNCG

Nathan Hoover, Wofford

Kaelon Harris, The Citadel

Triston Chambers, Samford

*due to a tie in the voting the All-Freshman team consists of six members

 

 

Malcolm U. Pitt Player of the Year

Devin Sibley, Jr., G, Furman

 

Freshman of the Year

Preston Parks, G, The Citadel

 

Anton Foy Coach of the Year

Niko Medved, Furman

 

 

Notes:

– Furman’s Devin Sibley becomes the second straight Paladin to be named the league’s Player of the Year by both the league’s coaches and media, following Stephen Croone in 2015-16.

 

– The Citadel’s Preston Parks swept the Freshman of the Year awards.  He is the first Bulldog to accomplish that feat since Cameron Wells in 2008.  Parks and Wells are the only two Bulldogs to be named Freshman of the Year.

 

– Niko Medved becomes the first Furman coach to garner the Coach of the Year honors since Butch Estes in 1991.

 

– Justin Tuoyo was named the league’s Defensive Player of the Year for the third consecutive season.  He is the only player to win the award multiple times since it began in 2009.  A Moc has won the Defensive Player of the Year the last four seasons (Z. Mason – 2014; Justin Tuoyo 2015-17).

 

– Eight SoCon teams placed at least one player on the coaches’ all-conference teams, while nine programs were represented on the three media teams.

 

– Samford placed at least one player on the All-Freshman team for the sixth straight season, while The Citadel was represented on the All-Freshman team for the fifth straight year.

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