Monday, March 3, 2014
AUGUSTA, Ga. – The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) announced the 2014 All-Conference Teams on Monday as voted on by the SIAC Basketball Coaches Association. Ashley Watts was named the 2014 SIAC Player of the Year. Paine’s Ariel Brown, Destani Burton, Kenny Fluellen, Kedric Taylor and Arnis Libazs also received SIAC postseason honors.
Watts receives the coveted honor after leading the SIAC and Division II women’s basketball for the entire season in points per game. Watts is averaging 26.7 points per game. The junior guard currently ranks second in Division II and first in the SIAC in three-pointers per game (3.32). She is shooting 34.2 percent from behind the arc which ranks second in the SIAC. That percentage also plays a major role in Paine’s being ranked first in the SIAC in three-point field-goal shooting percentage (30.4). Watts also produces from the free throw line. She is No. 1 in the SIAC in free-throw percentage as she is shooting 81.3 percent from the line. Although Watts is an outstanding shooter, she also has an innate ability to help her teammates get to the basket. Watts is second in the SIAC and 52nd in Division II in assists per game after dishing out an average of 4.4 assists per game. The 2013 Newcomer of the Year has improved her performance on and off the court since last season. Just last month, the mathematics major received the Paine College Student-Athlete Academic Success Award for her performance in the classroom during the Fall 2013 semester.
Senior Brown joins Watts on the 2014 All-Conference Team. The Savannah, Ga., native has earned ten double-doubles this season and is averaging 13.6 points and 8.8 rebounds per game. She is shooting 46 percent from the field, 39 percent from behind the arc and 62 percent from the line. Brown is ranked seventh in the SIAC and 77th in Division II in rebounds per game. She is also a force on defense averaging 2.63 steals per game which places her eighth in the SIAC and 28th in Division II in that category. Burton is representing the Purple and White on the SIAC’s All-Academic Team. The sophomore forward from Charlotte, N.C., is majoring in psychology at Paine and boasts a 3.44 GPA.
Taylor and Fluellen were both named to the All-Conference Team for the Lions. Taylor leads the SIAC in total assists (144) and assists per game (5.5). He is ranked 32nd and 29th in Division II in those areas, respectively. The Orlando, Fla., native is shooting 46 percent from the field and 72 percent from the line. He also averages 5.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game. Fluellen ranks fifth in the SIAC in attempts from behind the arc. The Warner Robbins, Ga., native hits an average of 2.29 threes a game which places him third in the SIAC. He averages 12.7 points per game and is shooting 44 percent from the field, 40 percent from behind the arc and 79 percent from the line. Taylor and Fluellen are two of Paine’s major factors. The duo has also helped Paine to lead the SIAC in field-goal percentage (49.5) and place second in three-point field-goal percentage (36.6). Libazs is majoring in international business at Paine. The Riga, Latvia native makes his way onto the All-Academic team for the Purple and White with a 3.53 GPA.