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Men's Basketball Awards Announced
Courtesy: Southern Conference
Release: 03/01/2016
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SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Southern Conference announced the 2016 men’s basketball postseason awards today (March 3). Selections include the coaches all-conference teams and specialty awards in addition to the Southern Conference Sports Media Association all-conference teams and awards. 

The 2016 Southern Conference Men’s Basketball Championship presented by General Shale begins Friday at 5 p.m. at the U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville, N.C. The championship game is scheduled for Monday at 9 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN2.

2016 Men’s Basketball Awards - Coaches
All-Conference Team
T.J. Cromer, ETSU
Ge’Lawn Guyn, ETSU
Stephen Croone, Furman
Stephon Jelks, Mercer
R.J. White, UNCG
Tre’ McLean, Chattanooga
Justin Tuoyo, Chattanooga
QJ Peterson, VMI
Mike Brown, Western Carolina
Spencer Collins, Wofford

All-Freshman Team
Matt Rafferty, Furman
Francis Alonso, UNCG
Matt Rose, Samford
Wyatt Walker, Samford
Fletcher Magee, Wofford

Player of the Year
Stephen Croone, Sr., G, Furman

Defensive Player of the Year
Justin Tuoyo, Jr., F, Chattanooga

Freshman of the Year
Fletcher Magee, G, Wofford

Coach of the Year
Matt McCall, Chattanooga


2016 Men’s Basketball Awards - Media
All-Conference First Team
Ge’Lawn Guyn, ETSU
Stephen Croone, Furman
Tre’ McLean, Chattanooga
Q.J. Peterson, VMI
Spencer Collins, Wofford

All-Conference Second Team
T.J. Cromer, ETSU
Stephon Jelks, Mercer
Justin Tuoyo, Chattanooga
Mike Brown, Western Carolina
Torrion Brummitt, Western Carolina

All-Conference Third Team
Derrick Henry, The Citadel
Diante Baldwin, UNCG
R.J. White, UNCG
Darius Jones-Gibson, Samford
Fletcher Magee, Wofford


All-Freshman Team
Zane Najdawi, The Citadel
Matt Rafferty, Furman
Francis Alonso, UNCG
Wyatt Walker, Samford
Fletcher Magee, Wofford


Malcolm U. Pitt Player of the Year
Stephen Croone, Sr., G, Furman

Freshman of the Year
Fletcher Magee, Wofford

Anton Foy Coach of the Year
Matt McCall, Chattanooga


Notes:
- Matt McCall becomes the second UTC coach to earn the Anton Foy Coach of the Year Award in the past three seasons as Will Wade earned the nod in 2014.  Wade was also in his first season at the helm in Chattanooga in 2014.

- Stephen Croone is the first Furman player to earn the Malcolm U. Pitt Player of the Year Awards since Chuck Vincent in 1998.

- Fletcher Magee is the third Wofford Terrier to be named Freshman of the Year (Ian Chadwick – 1998; Karl Cochran - 2012)

- Justin Tuoyo is the first player to be named Defensive Player of the Year in back-to-back seasons since the award began in 2009.

- A Chattanooga Moc has now won the Defensive Player of the Year award in each of the past three seasons (Z. Mason – 2014; Justin Tuoyo, 2015-16).

- Chattanooga placed two student-athletes on the coaches 10-man all-conference team for the third consecutive year.

- Eight teams were represented on the coaches all-conference team, while all ten teams placed at least one honoree on the three media teams.

- Samford placed at least one player on the All-Freshman team for the fifth straight season, while The Citadel was represented on the All-Freshman team for the fourth straight year.

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