Monday April 27, 2009
AUGUSTA, Ga. – The Augusta State duo of Garret Siler and Ben Madgen earned more All-America honors recently when both were named to the Division II Bulletin All-America squad.
The All-America selections are the third of the 2008-09 season for each player. With the selections, the duo becomes the eighth and ninth All-America selections for the ASU men’s basketball program over the last three seasons as well as the sixth and seventh different players in school history to earn national accolades.
ASU was the only program in the nation to garner multiple All-America honors in the same season. The Peach Belt Conference totaled three All-America selections with the selection of USC Aiken’s Chris Commons.
A 7-0, 291-pound senior center from Augusta, Ga., Siler was tabbed to the Division II Bulletin fourth team. He led the nation in field goal percentage for the third consecutive season (.795) and ranked ninth in the nation in blocked shots at 2.7 bpg. On the season, he’s averaging 16.4 points and 7.8 rebounds and was tabbed the NCAA Southeast Regional’s Most Outstanding Player after leading ASU to the regional title in an 85-57 victory over USC Aiken in Christenberry Fieldhouse on Tuesday, March 17.
The only player in the PBC to rank in the top five in scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage and blocked shots, Siler has scored in double figures in 21 consecutive games and registered 20 or more points nine times. He has booked a team-best nine double-doubles and led ASU in scoring on 12 occasions. He currently ranks eighth in school history and PBC history with 1,573 points after 25-point effort in Southeast Regional Championship game victory over USC Aiken.