Wednesday, March 05, 2008

2008 SoCon Awards

The Southern Conference office announced the 2008 SCSMA All-Conference teams yesterday, with Davidson's Stephen Curry, Bob McKillop and The Citadel's Cameron Wells taking home top honors. On a day before the coaches ballots will be released, I thought I would provide you with my SCSMA ballot and several other awards that I think should be included next year. (Note that I do not include an All-Freshman team, but rather put them into the mix with everyone else).

Player of the Year: Stephen Curry
Coach of the Year: Bob McKillop
Freshman of the Year: Cameron Wells, The Citadel

1st Team
Stephen Curry, Davidson
Jason Richards, Davidson
Kyle Hines, UNC-Greensboro
Donte Minter, Appalachian State
Nicchaeus Doaks, UTC

2nd Team
Louis Graham, Georgia Southern
Brandon Giles, Western Carolina
Cameron Wells, The Citadel
Andrew Goudelock, College of Charleston
Stephen McDowell, UTC

3rd Team
Drew Gibson, Wofford
Jermaine Johnson, College of Charleston
Ola Atoyebi, Elon
Donald Sims, Appalachian State
Thomas Sander, Davidson

All Defensive Team
Max Paulhus Gosselin, Davidson
Stephen Curry, Davidson
Kyle Hines, UNC-Greensboro
Jason Richards, Davidson
Nicchaeus Doaks, UTC

All-Choke Team ("We're playing Davidson?!? Twice?!?")
Louis Graham, GSU - 7 points, 9 TO's, 9 fouls
Tony White, Jr., College of Charleston - 6-16 FG, 8 TO's
Jeremy Clayton, ASU - 4 points, 7 TO's
Stephen McDowell, UTC - 4-19 3PT FGs
Eric Wilson, WCU - 8 fouls, 7 points, 8 TO's

The "Screw You Guys, I'm Going Home" Team
Nick Aldridge, WCU
Tyler Whatley, Wofford
Michael Porrini, WCU
Josh Jackson, College of Charleston
Bobby Cremins, College of Charleston (just wait, it's coming)

The "Man I Wish He Was Wearing A Davidson Uniform" Team (for good performance against Davidson, combined with admirable skill sets and character)
Kyle Hines, UNC-Greensboro
T.J. Douglas, Elon/Montell Watson, Elon
Cameron Wells, The Citadel
Andrew Goudelock, College of Charleston
Shane Nichols, Wofford

2008 Dontaye Draper Award (for excellence in a four-year career that was not enough to carry his team to a championship)
Kyle Hines, UNC-Greensboro

Top Moments of 2008 Conference Season
10. When GSU cheerleaders threw megaphones on court after Davidson run
9. Max Paulhus Gosselin recording career-high 7 steals, including several in-bounds stops, on national television at Belk Arena
8. Wildcats winning big in front of packed crowd on 100th anniversary weekend
7. Every time that Davidson made it to 15 points before the other team scored
6. Every time that Stephen Curry outscored the other team in one half
5. Stephen Curry giving Boris Meno a hug on the bench before every tip-off in 2008
4. Stephen Curry for two...assist from Kyle Hines' back
3. Stephen Curry's mid-air switch to go in front of Elon in final minute
2. Max Paulhus Gosselin steal and Jason Richards' three-point play with cut eyebrow to cap 20-point comeback win at Greensboro
1. Going 20-0 in conference play for the first time ever

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