Thursday Oct. 30, 2008
AUGUSTA, Ga. – Augusta State’s Garret Siler and Ben Madgen were named to the Peach Belt Conference preseason all-conference team Thursday, according to a release from the league office.
ASU led the way with two players chosen to the five-man squad. The team, which was chosen by the league’s 11 sports information directors, also included USC Aiken All-American forward Chris Commons, Georgia Southwestern guard Anthony Sargent and Georgia College & State guard Shaun Keaton rounded out the team.
Siler and Madgen were two of a trio of All-Conference players that helped lead the Jaguars to the NCAA Tournament’s National Championship game last season. A 7-0, 291-pound senior center from Augusta, Siler returns for his senior season after leading the NCAA among all divisions in field goal percentage (.762) last year. Named to the Elite Eight All-Tournament team and the South Atlantic Regional All-Tournament team, Siler led the PBC in rebounding last year with 7.8 per game and in blocks with 2.62 per outing. He was also ninth in scoring with a 15.6 ppg., average.
Madgen returns for his junior season at guard after scoring 16.0 ppg his sophomore year and earning All-Conference honors for the second straight season. The 6-4 native of Williamstown, Australia ranked second in the PBC in free throw percentage and 10th in three-pointers made.
Commons was one of two PBC players named an NABC All-American last year and the first Pacer to do so. He was named the PBC co-Player of the Year after helping the team to a school-record 27 wins. An all-league performer as a junior, Keaton was sixth in the PBC in scoring at 16.6 points per game. He finished second in the league in three-pointers made and eighth in three-point percentage. Keaton scored in double-digits in 25 contests and 11 games with 20 or more points.
Sargent led the Peach Belt in scoring last year with 22.0 points per game, although he was not ranked among NCAA leaders because GSW was completing its transition to full DII membership, which they accomplished over the summer. Returning for his senior season, the guard was named all-conference last year after leading the league in three-pointers made and was second in the PBC with 1.88 steals per game.