SIAC announces postseason superlatives

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Monday, February 25, 2013

Atlanta, GA—The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference released its 2013 SIAC Men’s and Women’s Basketball All-Conference Team as voted on by the SIAC Basketball Coaches Association.

The men’s team is led by 2013 SIAC Player of the Year Xavier Collier of Benedict College. Collier, a native of Augusta, GA, averaged 15 points and led the conference averaging 4.5 assist per game. The 5-foot-11 senior point guard also averaged 1.4 steals for the SIAC East Division Co-Champion Tigers.

Leading the way on the women’s team is Miles College senior forward Courtney English, the 2013 SIAC Player of the Year. The 5-foot-10 senior from Atmore, AL recorded a double-double in 18 out of 26 games for the Lady Bears this season. For the year she averaged a double-double with 16.4 points and a conference best 12.5 rebounds per game.

Men’s Newcomer of the Year is Morehouse College junior guard Darrius Williams. The native of Detroit, MI led the conference in scoring with 18.1 points per contest, while finishing second in rebounds with 8.3 boards per game. Williams, a two time All-Conference Football player, ignited the SIAC East Division Co-Champion Maroon Tigers this season.

Women’s Newcomer of the Year was awarded to Paine College sophomore Ashley Watts. The 5-foot-6 combo guard finished second in the conference this season in scoring and assists. Watts averaged 19.5 points and 3.9 assists per game. She was also seventh overall in the conference in assist-to-turnover ratio.

Tuskegee forward Shaquille Cook was named SIAC Freshman of the Year. The 6-foot-7 center from Augusta, GA led all freshmen with 10.3 points per game and third overall in the conference in blocks with 1.8 blocks per game.

On the women’s side, Paine’s Kiara Johnson was named SIAC Freshman of the Year. Making an immediate impact for the Lady Lions, Johnson, a 6-foot-2 center from Jacksonville, FL finished second in the SIAC in rebounding (12.1 rpg) and blocks 2.1 bpg. She also averaged 8.0 points per game.

Men’s Defensive Players of the Year was awarded to Stillman College Torrean Walker, while Kadeema Cooper of Albany State University was the recipient of the Defensive Player of the Year for the women.

Men’s Coach of the Year is Grady Brewer of Morehouse. The veteran coach led the Maroon Tigers to a share of the East Division title with a 16-2 record in the SIAC, 18-7 overall. Brewer piloted Morehouse to its first title since winning the overall SIAC regular season in 2004.

Belinda Roby of Tuskegee was named Women’s Coach of the Year after leading Tuskegee to an undefeated 16-0 record in the SIAC, 19-6 overall.

2013 SIAC Men’s Basketball All-Conference Team & Superlatives

Name # School Height Cl. Position Hometown Stats/Average
Jaren Harris 20 Albany State 5-10 Sr Guard Tenille, GA 14.2 points
Xavier Collier 5 Benedict 5-11 Sr. Guard Augusta, Ga. 15 points, 4.9 assists
Marcus Goode 50 Benedict 6-10 Sr. Center Chapin, S.C. 14.4 points, 9.3 rebounds, 3.7 blocks
Darrius Williams 1 Morehouse 6’4 Sr. Guard Detroit, MI 18 points, 8.3 rebounds
Andrae Nelson 50 Morehouse 6’6 Sr. Center Valley Stream, NY 11.8 points, 7.9 rebounds
Terrence Bowman 30 Claflin 6’3 Sr. Guard Cairo, GA 14.2 points
Mario Jordan 20 Paine 5’11 SR. Guard Sandersville, GA 14.6 points
LaDarius Rhone 24 Stillman 6’5 Sr Forward Fairfield, AL 12.5 points
Calvin Thomas 3 Tuskegee 6-1 SR Guard Eufala, AL 15.1 points
Brandon Davey 32 Fort Valley State 6-6 JR Forward Warner Robins, GA 16.4 points

Player of the Year: Xavier Collier, Benedict
Newcomer of the Year: Darrius Williams, Morehouse
Freshman of the Year: Shaquille Cook, Tuskegee
Defensive Player of the Year: Torrean Walker, Stillman
Coach of the Year: Grady Brewer, Morehouse

2013 SIAC Women’s Basketball All-Conference Team & Superlatives

Name # School Height Cl. Position Hometown Stats/Average
Tylesha Brown 5 Claflin 5’6 Sr Guard Brooklyn, NY 15.4 points, 5.9 steals
Conisha Hicks 1 Clark Atlanta 5’5 Jr Guard Lithonia, GA 16.4 points, 3.8 assists
La Quisha Lewis 43 Clark Atlanta 6’2 Sr Center Decatur, GA 8.8 points, 10.4 rebounds
Sharnita Lloyd 4 Kentucky State 5’6 Sr. Guard Robbins, IL 16.8 points
Courtney English 23 Miles 6’0 Sr Forward Atmore, AL 16.4 points, 12.1 rebounds
Ashley Watts 11 Paine 5’6 So Guard Augusta, GA 19.9 points
Nnenna Eze 44 Tuskegee 6’2 Sr. Center Stone Mountain, GA 10 points, 7 rebounds
April Thomas 20 Albany State 5’1” So. Guard Bainbridge, GA 20.1 points
Kedeemya Cooper 23 Albany State 5’9 So. Forward Thomasville, GA 10 points
Shytina Harley 34 Fort Valley State 5’11 Jr. Forward Gibsonville, Fla 10.4 points

Player of the Year: Courtney English, Miles
Newcomer of the Year: Ashley Watts, Paine
Freshman of the Year: Kiara Johnson, Paine
Defensive Player of the Year: Kadeema Cooper, Albany State
Coach of the Year: Belinda Roby, Tuskegee

SIAC Men’s and Women's All-Academic Teams
Name Institution Hometown GPA Major
Julius Taylor Tuskegee Montgomery, AL 3.77 Chemical Engineering
Jeremy Whitmore Lane Memphis, TN 3.578 Business
Janko Popovic Lemoyne-Owen Belgrade, Serbia 3.57 Information Technology
Moriah Johnson Tuskegee Los Angeles, CA 3.393 Occupational Therapy
Chukwudi Ndudiwi Morehouse Atlanta, GA 3.38 Kinesiology
Shoquan Stephens Lane St. Thomas, VA 3.31 Interdisciplinary Studies
Reginald Martin Benedict Buffalo, NY 3.36 Business Administration
Derrick Martin Clark Atlanta Atlanta, GA 3.28 Business Administration
Ronald Foxx Miles Gainesville, FL 3.26 Biology
Jeffrey Wherry Stillman Huntsville, AL 3.26 Business

Name Institution Hometown GPA Major
Sharnita Lloyd Kentucky State Robbins, IL 4.0 Physical Education
D’Ambria Thomas Fort Valley State Pelham, GA 3.8 Accounting/Business
Shytina Hartley Fort Valley State Tampa, FL 3.5 Marketing/Business/Economics
Ariel Jones Clark Atlanta Katy, TX 3.49 Biology
Jazlyn Fuller Tuskegee Ontario, CA 3.506 Sociology
Crystal Rayford Lane Byhadia, MS 3.68 Business
Monique Weathers Benedict Dacula, GA 3.48 Economics
Katora Fleming Lane Indianapolis, IN 3.62 Biology
Marissa Stewart Lane Atlanta, GA 3.68 Sociology
Miranda Abdul-Mansour Lemoyne-Owen Beverly Hills, CA 3.34 Biology
Kiara Farley Paine Copperas, TX 3.34 Early Childhood Education

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