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SoCon Men's Basketball Coaches Name Player, Frosh and Coach of the Year
Courtesy: Southern Conference
Release: 02/25/2002
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ASHEVILLE, NC ? The Southern Conference men?s basketball coaches on February 25 named
their Player of the Year, Freshman of the Year and Coach of the Year.

East Tennessee State, a tri-champion of the North Division, claimed the
Player and Coach of the Year awards. Senior guard Dimeco Childress was
named the Player of the Year while ETSU head coach Ed DeChellis was selected
as the Coach of the Year. VMI?s Jason Conley was named the Freshman of the
Year.

Childress, a 6-3, 175-pound senior from Columbia, TN (Central HS) averaged
17.6 points and 3.9 rebounds per game in leading the Bucs to a second
consecutive North Division title. Childress, a first team all-Southern
Conference selection last year as a junior, has led ETSU to a 18-9 overall
record and an 11-5 league mark. The Bucs tied for the North title along
with Davidson and UNC Greensboro.

Childress has been on fire of late in helping to lead ETSU to eight straight
wins. He is averaging 25.1 PPG over the last seven contests and has scored
35 points against Georgia Southern, 36 against Davidson and 42 in his home
finale against Western Carolina on Feb. 16.

DeChellis, now in his sixth season, has earned his second consecutive SoCon
Coach of the Year award. He has a career record of 85-81 at ETSU and over
the last two seasons has led the Bucs to a 36-19 mark including a 24-8
record in league action. DeChellis is the first coach to repeat as Coach of
the Year since Davidson?s Bob McKillop won in 1996 and ?97.

Conley, a 6-5 redshirt freshman from Chevy Chase, MD (Millersburg Academy),
is the nation?s leading scorer with a 29.3 scoring average. If his spot as
the national scoring leader holds up, he will become the first freshman to
ever lead the NCAA in scoring. Conley?s 29.3 scoring average would be the
highest by a SoCon player since Richmond?s Bob McCurdy averaged 32.9 points
in 1974-75. Conley has scored 30 or more points 12 times with a season-high
of 42 against Western Carolina. He also leads the conference in steals with
79.

The coaches all-league teams will be announced on Tuesday, February 26.

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