De’Mon Brooks, Davidson, Jr., F
Davidson forward De’Mon Brooks averaged 17.2 points and 5.7 rebounds per game in November as the Wildcats went 3-3 against a tough schedule that included the likes of Vanderbilt, West Virginia and Gonzaga in consecutive contests. Brooks scored in double digits in each contest, starting with 24 points in a season-opening win over Emory. The junior from Charlotte, N.C., followed that up with 22 against New Mexico on Nov. 12 before notching a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds against Milwaukee. Brooks had a team-high 19 points in Davidson’s win over Vanderbilt at the Old Spice Classic in Orlando, Fla., on Nov. 22 and had 12 points and five steals in a win over West Virginia the following day. Brooks scored 12 points against No. 17 Gonzaga in the tournament championship game. For the month, he shot 47.2 percent from the floor (34-for-72) and 88.9 percent from the free throw line (32-for-36). He at least two steals in four of Davidson’s six games and led Davidson in scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage and steals (11).
Other nominees: Jay Canty (Appalachian State), Andrew Lawrence (College of Charleston), Mike Groselle (The Citadel), Lucas Troutman (Elon), Trevis Simpson (UNCG), Tim Williams (Samford), Drazen Zlovaric (Chattanooga), Trey Sumler (Western Carolina) and Karl Cochran (Wofford).
Courtney Freeman, Appalachian State, Sr., G
Appalachian State senior guard Courtney Freeman averaged 17.7 points per game over the first month of the season, scoring in double figures in five of the Mountaineers’ six November contests as the team went 5-1. The Carlton, Ga., native opened the season with 22 points against Lees McRae and followed that up with 11 in a three-point loss at Virginia Tech. She turned in a career-high 26 points in a win over Gardner-Webb on Nov. 20 and added 15 in a win over Norfolk State and 24 in an overtime victory at Xavier. Freeman also averaged 6.2 rebounds per contest, flirting with double-doubles in three contests by posting nine rebounds against both Virginia Tech and Norfolk State and eight against Xavier. Her performance against Xavier, coupled with her efforts in Appalachian State’s first December game, in which she reached the 1,000-point mark for her career, helped her earn SoCon player of the week honors. For November, Freeman also averaged 3.0 assists per game and shot 52.7 percent (39-for-74) from the floor. She shot 73.7 percent from the free throw line in the month, going 28-for-38.
Other nominees: Latisha Harris (College of Charleston), Sophia Aleksandravicius (Davidson), Ali Ford (Elon), MiMi DuBose (Georgia Southern), Kayla Christopher (Chattanooga) and Daniella Motley (Wofford).
Jacob Huesman, Chattanooga, Fr., QB
Chattanooga freshman quarterback Jacob Huesman was 49-for-77 for 570 yards and three passing touchdowns in November, helping the Mocs to a 2-1 record. Huesman also ran for 307 yards and three more scores as he threw for at least 100 yards and ran for at least 100 yards in two of the three contests. The Chattanooga, Tenn., native threw for 229 yards in an overtime loss to Wofford and a season-high 234 in a win over Elon, earning SoCon freshman of the week honors after each performance. He was also the league’s offensive player of the week after the Elon win and finished the month with a 133.48 passer rating. He led the Mocs with 314 all-purpose yards in November. Huesman capped his rookie campaign with 1,712 passing yards, 13 passing touchdowns and seven rushing touchdowns, all setting or matching UTC freshman records. He also led Chattanooga with 904 rushing yards on the season, becoming the first QB to lead the team in rushing in school history.
Other nominees: Sean Price (Appalachian State), Aaron Mellette (Elon), Jerick McKinnon (Georgia Southern), Fabian Truss (Samford), and Eric Breitenstein (Wofford).
Darion Sutton, Samford, Sr., LB
Samford senior linebacker Darion Sutton led the Bulldogs with 26 tackles (14 solo) in November, helping the squad to a 2-1 record with a win over No. 6 Wofford. The Columbiana, Ala., native had 4.0 tackles for loss, totaling 15 yards, and had one sack for five yards. Sutton also forced a fumble and recovered a fumble in the month. Perhaps his best game of the month was against FBS opponent Kentucky on Nov. 17, when he had a team-best 11 tackles (two for loss) and forced a fumble. He also recovered a fumble and returned it five yards in a win over Elon on Nov. 10.
Other nominees: Troy Sanders (Appalachian State), Jonathan Spain (Elon), John Stevenson (Georgia Southern), Davis Tull (Chattanooga) and Alvin Scioneaux (Wofford).
Sloane White, College of Charleston, So., RS
College of Charleston right side hitter Sloane White averaged 3.39 kills per set and hit .449 in November, leading the Cougars to an 8-0 record, the Southern Conference Championship title and an NCAA first-round upset of No. 23 Miami. White reached double digits in kills six times in the month, including in each the last five contests. The Indianapolis, Ind., native hit an even .700 in CofC’s 3-0 win over Wofford to open the month and followed that up with 13 kills and three blocks in the Cougars’ five-set win over Furman. White had 13 kills in the regular-season finale against UNCG before heating up for the SoCon tournament. There, the sophomore totaled 51 kills and hit .453 in three matches to earn tournament Most Outstanding Player honors as College of Charleston won its seventh SoCon tournament title. White had 18 kills and six digs against Chattanooga in the first round, 17 kills and three digs in a second-round win over Samford and 16 kills and six blocks in the title match against Furman. In the NCAA first round, White had 17 kills and added eight digs as the Cougars knocked off Miami for the first win over a ranked opponent in school history.
Other nominees: Ise D’Angelo (The Citadel), Tindall Sewell (Davidson), Megan Gravley (Elon), Chandler Ambrester (Furman), Michaela Reesor (Samford), Sarah Batterton (Chattanooga), Jordan Timmerman (Western Carolina) and Rachel Woodlee (Wofford).
Alexis Bauer, Samford, Sr., Libero
Samford libero Alexis Bauer averaged 5.00 digs per set to help the Bulldogs to a 5-1 November record and the semifinals of the Southern Conference Volleyball Championship. The Floyd Knobs, Ind., senior started her month with 12 digs against Elon on Nov. 2 before celebrating her Senior Night with 30 in four sets against UNCG the following day. She had had 15 in a three-set win over Western Carolina and 19 in another 3-0 win over Appalachian State to finish the regular season. In the first round of the SoCon tournament, Bauer had 14 digs in Samford’s 3-0 win over Davidson before notching 15 in a semifinal loss to eventual champion College of Charleston. Bauer finished the season with a school-record 591 digs and her career with a school-record 1,968.
Other nominees: Emily Shelton (College of Charleston), Molly Crenshaw (Davidson), Celia Rose Eddy (Elon), Elle Ross (Furman), Paula Passmore (Chattanooga) and Morgan Cochran (Western Carolina).
Niko Brown, Chattanooga, Sr., 197 pounds
Chattanooga’s Niko Brown opened the season with a 14-1 record in November, including a 5-0 record in dual meets. Brown, a senior from Kissimmee, Fla., turned in five pins at the 197-pound weight class in his first month of action. The Mocs opened the season with three duals at No. 16 Virginia on Nov. 3, with Brown notching wins over wrestlers from Ohio, Anderson and the host Cavaliers. At the Hokie Open the following day, Brown went 5-1 with a pair of pins, topping opponents from Virginia Tech, Indiana, Air Force and Rutgers. He bounced back from a loss to North Carolina’s Antonio Giorgio in the quarterfinals to claim third place in his weight class. At the Wolfpack Open on Nov. 11, Brown went 4-0 to claim the 197-pound title, topping wrestlers from NC State, Virginia Tech and West Virginia before defeating Old Dominion’s Kevin Beasley in the title match. Brown wrapped up his month with a pair of dual wins on Nov. 16, pinning Joe Gallegos from Cumberland in just 11 seconds and downing No. 2 Iowa’s Thomas Kira at the Chattanooga Duals. Brown was the SoCon’s wrestler of the week on Nov. 14.
Other nominees: Dominic Parisi (Appalachian State), Eric Montoya (Campbell), Ugi Khishignyam (The Citadel), Scott Patrick (Davidson) and Patrick Myers (SIUE).
Southern Conference November Athletes of the Month
Men’s Basketball De’Mon Brooks, Davidson
Women’s Basketball Courtney Freeman, Appalachian State
Football – Offense Jacob Huesman, Chattanooga
Football – Defense Darion Sutton, Samford
Volleyball – Offense Sloane White, College of Charleston
Volleyball – Defense Alexis Bauer, Samford
Wrestling Niko Brown, Chattanooga