Friday Oct. 30, 2009
AUGUSTA, GA -- The Peach Belt Conference has announced the five members of the men’s basketball preseason All-Conference team as selected by the league’s head coaches. Augusta State’s Ben Madgen and Fred Brathwaite were named to the team as were Georgia Southwestern’s Chris Rawls, GCSU’s Graham Martin and Freddy Little of the University of Montevallo.
Ben Madgen returns for his senior season having been already named a preseason All-American by the Sporting News and the Division II Bulletin. A 6-4, 185-pound guard from Williamstown, Australia, Madgen ranks as the fourth-leading scorer in ASU history and fifth-leading scorer in Peach Belt Conference history with 1,670 points. He was named an All-American at the conclusion of his junior season by both Basketball Times and Daktronics. The league scoring champion at 19.1 ppg., Madgen also led the PBC in three-point percentage (.462) and was second in free throw percentage (.869).
Madgen’s teammate Fred Brathwaite also returns for his senior season at forward for the Jaguars. A Peach Belt Conference third-team all-conference selection as a junior, he ranked third on the team and 13th in the Peach Belt Conference in scoring at 13.4 ppg and was second on the squad and 14th in the league in rebounding (6.0 rpg.). In conference play, he averaged 13.7 ppg., shot 51.0 percent from the field and 77.3 percent from the free-throw line.
Georgia Southwestern’s Chris Rawls returns for his senior season after helping the Hurricanes reach their first PBC Tournament last year. A forward from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Rawls averaged 13.8 points and 7.5 rebounds per game and led the team in rebounding 19 times and scoring in nine games . He shot 57.7% from the floor (116-201) and 78.6% from the line (125-159) while playing a team-high 33.3 minutes per game.
Graham Martin was second on the team with 11.8 points per game for the Bobcats. The senior guard from Marietta, Ga., started in 26 games for the nationally-ranked team while playing in all 29. He scored 20 or more points three times and led the team in scoring six times. He was also fifth in three-pointers made and averaged 3.4 rebounds per game