SPARTANBURG, S.C. - The 2010-11 Southern Conference men's basketball postseason awards were announced on Wednesday (March 2), following a balloting of the league's head coaches. College of Charleston head coach Bobby Cremins was named the league's Coach of the Year, while the Cougars' Andrew Goudelock was named the 2011 Player of the Year.
In the other individual awards, Western Carolina's Richie Gordon was tabbed the Defensive Player of the Year while teammate Trey Sumler was named the league's Freshman of the Year.
Goudelock leads the league and ranks fifth nationally with 23.0 points per game. He has scored in double figures in 30 of the Cougars' 31 games and has topped the 20-point plateau 23 times this season. Goudelock scored at least 30 points in four different games, including a season-high 34 points at Elon on February 10. The Stone Mountain, Ga., native ranks fourth nationally with 3.4 made three-pointers per game. He has recorded 2,407 points in his career which ranks sixth all-time in the Southern Conference.
In his fifth season at College of Charleston, Cremins guided the Cougars to an overall record of 22-9 (14-4 SoCon). The Cougars earned a share of the South Division regular season championship for the first time since 2004. Cremins won the league's Anton Foy Award, given to the league's top coach as voted by the media, three times (1976, 1978, 1981) while coaching at Appalachian State.
Gordon helped anchor the Catamount defense in 2010-11. He has averaged 1.2 blocked shots per game and averages 1.5 steals per contest, good for seventh place in the Southern Conference. Gordon has recorded at least three steals in eight different games this year. It is the second year in a row a Catamount has laid claim to the award as Brigham Waginger was named Co-Defensive Player of the Year with College of Charleston's Jeremy Simmons in 2010.
Sumler becomes the second Catamount in three years to earn the league's top freshman honor as teammate Harouna Mutombo was named Freshman of the Year in 2009. The team's second-leading scorer, Sumler averaged 11.5 points and 3.0 assists per game for Western Carolina. He started 21 of 31 games for the Catamounts and scored in double figures in 18 games as Western Carolina earned a share of the North Division championship.
Noah Dahlman (Wofford), Goudelock and Cameron Wells (The Citadel) were all named to the all-conference team for the third consecutive year. Furman's Amu Saaka and Appalachian State's Donald Sims garnered all-conference accolades for the second consecutive season.
Also earning All-SoCon honors were Omar Carter (Appalachian State), Chris Long (Elon), Donavan Monroe (College of Charleston), Omar Wattad (Chattanooga) and Mike Williams (Western Carolina).
Sumler garnered a spot on the all-freshman team where he was joined by Eric Ferguson (Georgia Southern), Trevis Simpson (UNCG), Lucas Troutman (Elon) and Trent Wiedeman (College of Charleston).
The 2011 Southern Conference Men's Basketball Tournament begins Friday, March 4 at McKenzie Arena in Chattanooga, Tenn. The first game features UNCG taking on Davidson at 2:00 p.m. The championship game is scheduled for Monday, March 7 at 9:00 p.m.
2011 SoCon Men's Basketball Awards
Omar Carter, Appalachian State
Donald Sims, Appalachian State
Andrew Goudelock, College of Charleston
Donavan Monroe, College of Charleston
Cameron Wells, The Citadel
Chris Long, Elon
Amu Saaka, Furman
Omar Wattad, Chattanooga
Mike Williams, Western Carolina
Noah Dahlman, Wofford
Trent Wiedeman, College of Charleston
Lucas Troutman, Elon
Eric Ferguson, Georgia Southern
Trevis Simpson, UNCG
Trey Sumler, Western Carolina
Player of the Year
Andrew Goudelock, Sr., G, College of Charleston
Defensive Player of the Year
Richie Gordon, Sr., F, Western Carolina
Freshman of the Year
Trey Sumler, Fr., G, Western Carolina
Coach of the Year
Bobby Cremins, College of Charleston