College of Charleston senior Troy Wheless was named the league?s Player of the Year by the coaches. Wheless, a 6-3 guard from Bunn, NC, averaged 16.1 points per game in leading the Cougars to the South Division championship with a 23-6 record.
East Tennessee State?s Tim Smith, a 5-9 freshman from Newport News, VA, was named the league?s Freshman of the Year. Smith is averaging 14.4 points and 3.6 assists per game for the 17-10 Bucs. ETSU finished the regular season in a three-way tie for first place in the North Division.
Appalachian State?s Houston Fancher was named the Coach of the Year. Fancher has led the Mountaineers to an 18-9 record after a 10-18 finish last season. That 8.5 game improvement is among the best in the nation.
Wheless headlines the 10-player All-Southern Conference team that includes representatives from nine of the 12 Southern Conference institutions. The team includes the league?s leading scorer, Kevin Martin of Western Carolina, who is averaging 22.6 points per game, and league steal leader in Zakee Wadood of ETSU who is averaging 3.2 steals per game.
Wadood and Martin are the lone repeat selections from the coaches? 2002 team. Georgia Southern?s Julius Jenkins and Furman?s Karim Souchu were both first team coaches picks in 2001. Smith is the first ETSU player to earn Freshman of the Year honors since Greg Dennis in 1988.
2003 Southern Conference Coaches All-Conference Team
Graham Bunn, Appalachian State
Shawn Hall, Appalachian State
Ashley Champion, Chattanooga
Troy Wheless, College of Charleston
Wayne Bernard, Davidson
Zakee Wadood, East Tennessee State
Karim Souchu, Furman
Julius Jenkins, Georgia Southern
Kevin Martin, Western Carolina
Mike Lenzly, Wofford