ETSU’s Riley named first team All-SoCon by coaches, media
Senior guard Jalen Riley was named first-team All-SoCon on Tuesday.
ETSU’s Riley named first team All-SoCon by coaches, media
Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Rembert earns third-team selection from media

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (March 3, 2015) – Following a season in which he led the Southern Conference in scoring, ETSU senior guard Jalen Riley (Racine, Wis.) has been named to the All-SoCon first team by both the league’s coaches and media.

The Southern Conference announced both teams on Tuesday morning, with Riley earning first-team honors in both polls, while fellow senior guard Rashawn Rembert (Tampa, Fla.) was named to the third team by the league’s media. Riley is currently averaging a league-best 20.7 points per game on the year – while scoring an average of 22.3 points per contest in conference games. Meanwhile, Rembert currently leads the league in 3-pointers a game, averaging 3.0 makes per game from beyond the arc.

For more on Tuesday’s announcements, see the two poll releases below.

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Men’s Basketball Coaches Select All-Conference Team

 

Wofford’s Cochran Named Player of the Year

 

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Southern Conference announced the 2015 men’s basketball postseason awards today (March 3). Wofford guard Karl Cochran was named the 2015 Player of the Year after leading the Terriers to a 16-2 record in conference play. The Marietta, Ga., native joins Noah Dahlman (2010) as the only two Terriers to be named Player of the Year.

Furman guard Devin Sibley was named the league’s Freshman of the Year, while Chattanooga’s Justin Tuoyo took home the Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Year award. Wofford’s Mike Young was named the league’s Coach of the Year.

Cochran, who was tabbed the Preseason Player of the Year in October, finished the regular season fifth in the SoCon in scoring (15.0 ppg) and was 11th in rebounds (5.8 rpg). The senior was second in the league in steals per game (1.8 spg) and ranked 12th in assists (2.8 apg). Cochran scored in double figures 25 times this season, including a season-high 33 in a win at Chattanooga on Jan. 5.

Sibley becomes the first Paladin since Quan Prowell in 2004 to be named the league’s top freshman. Sibley averaged 10.1 points per game, which was second among all league freshmen and second on the team. Originally from Knoxville, Tenn., Sibley earned the league’s Freshman of the Week award three times during the regular season. He scored at least 20 points in five games, including a personal-best 29 points at ETSU on Feb. 14.          

Young was named the league’s Coach of the Year by his peers for the third time in the last six years, after earning the award in 2010 and 2014. With Wofford tabbed the league’s preseason favorite, Young led the Terriers to an outright regular-season championship.

Tuoyo becomes the second consecutive Moc to win the Defensive Player of the Year Award after Z. Mason took home the honor last year. With 102 blocked shots this season, Tuoyo has the second-highest single-season total in league history and needs just four more to tie Kyle Hines’ (UNCG) record of 106 set in 2005. He has averaged 3.3 blocked shots per game and ranks fourth in the SoCon with 6.5 rebounds per game. At the offensive end of the floor, the Fayetteville, Ga., native has connected on 54.5 percent of his field-goal attempts.

The league’s coaches also selected a 10-member all-conference team. Cochran, Furman’s Stephen Croone and UTC’s Casey Jones were named all-conference for the second consecutive season. Cochran was joined by teammate Lee Skinner, while Tuoyo gave UTC a second all-conference selection. League newcomer Mercer also placed two on the all-conference team, as Ike Nwamu and Darious Moten were chosen for the 10-member team. The Citadel’s Ashton Moore, ETSU’s Jalen Riley and Western Carolina’s James Sinclair also garnered all-conference honors.

The all-freshman team also included five student-athletes representing four different teams. Sibley was joined by his teammate Daniel Fowler, Jake Wright (The Citadel), Stephon Jelks (Mercer) and Christen Cunningham (Samford).

The 2015 Southern Conference Men’s Basketball Championship presented by General Shale begins Friday at 6 p.m. at the U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville, N.C. The championship game is scheduled for Monday at 7 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN2.

 

2015 SoCon Men’s Basketball Awards

 

All-Conference Team

Ashton Moore, The Citadel

Jalen Riley, ETSU

Stephen Croone, Furman

Darious Moten, Mercer

Ike Nwamu, Mercer

Casey Jones, Chattanooga

Justin Tuoyo, Chattanooga

James Sinclair, Western Carolina

Karl Cochran, Wofford

Lee Skinner, Wofford

 

All-Freshman Team

Jake Wright, The Citadel

Daniel Fowler, Furman

Devin Sibley, Furman

Stephon Jelks, Mercer

Christen Cunningham, Samford

 

Player of the Year

Karl Cochran, Sr., G, Wofford

 

Defensive Player of the Year

Justin Tuoyo, So., F, Chattanooga

 

Freshman of the Year

Devin Sibley, G, Furman

 

Coach of the Year

Mike Young, Wofford

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SoCon Media Selects All-Conference Teams and Awards

 

Cochran Named Player of the Year; Young Tabbed Coach of the Year

 

 

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Southern Conference Sports Media Association selected its 2015 men’s basketball all-conference teams and postseason awards today (March 3). Wofford’s Karl Cochran was named the Malcolm U. Pitt Player of the Year, becoming the first Terrier to win the award.

Furman’s Devin Sibley was named the league’s Freshman of the Year, while Wofford head coach Mike Young was tabbed the Anton Foy Coach of the Year.

The Southern Conference Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player last season, Cochran was tabbed the preseason Player of the Year last fall and also garnered the Player of the Year award this season from the league’s coaches. The senior led the Terriers in scoring (15.0 ppg), assists (2.8 apg) and steals (1.8 apg). Cochran averaged 2.9 made 3-pointers per game, which was tied for the second-best mark in the league.

In addition to being named the Freshman of the Year by the media, Sibley garnered the same honor from the league’s coaches, as well. He was second on the team with 10.1 points per game and scored 12.0 per contest in league games. After starting four games during nonconference play, Sibley earned 13 starts in 18 league games for the Paladins. He scored in double figures in 11 games during his freshman campaign and knocked down 75 percent of his free-throw attempts.

Young was named the Anton Foy Coach of the Year for the second time in his career after earning the nod in 2010. Young guided the Terriers to an overall record of 25-6, including a 16-2 mark in SoCon games to give Wofford the league’s regular-season championship.

The league’s media association also selected three all-conference teams, consisting of five members each. Cochran garnered first-team honors for the second consecutive year and was joined by Ashton Moore (The Citadel), Jalen Riley (ETSU), Casey Jones (Chattanooga) and James Sinclair (Western Carolina).

Mercer placed a pair on the second team in Darious Moten and Ike Nwamu. Furman’s Stephen Croone earned second-team honors for the second straight season. Those three were joined by Chattanooga’s Justin Tuoyo and Wofford’s Lee Skinner.

Rashawn Rembert (ETSU), Tevon Saddler (UNCG), Darius Jones-Gibson (Samford), Greg Pryor (Chattanooga) and Spencer Collins (Wofford) made up the all-conference third team.

In addition to earning the Freshman of the Year award, Sibley was named to the all-freshman team, where he was joined by his teammate Daniel Fowler, Jake Wright (The Citadel), Christen Cunningham (Samford) and Evan Taylor (Samford).

The 2015 Southern Conference Men’s Basketball Championship presented by General Shale begins Friday, March 6, at the U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville, N.C. The league’s championship game will tip off Monday, March 9, at 7 p.m. and will be televised by ESPN2.

 

2015 Men’s SoCon Sports Media Association Awards

 

All-Conference First Team

Ashton Moore, The Citadel

Jalen Riley, ETSU

Casey Jones, Chattanooga

James Sinclair, Western Carolina

Karl Cochran, Wofford


All-Conference Second Team

Stephen Croone, Furman

Darious Moten, Mercer

Ike Nwamu, Mercer

Justin Tuoyo, Chattanooga

Lee Skinner, Wofford

 

All-Conference Third Team

Rashawn Rembert, ETSU

Tevon Saddler, UNCG

Darius Jones-Gibson, Samford

Greg Pryor, Chattanooga

Spencer Collins, Wofford

 

All-Freshman Team

Jake Wright, The Citadel

Daniel Fowler, Furman

Devin Sibley, Furman

Christen Cunningham, Samford

Evan Taylor, Samford

 

Malcolm U. Pitt Player of the Year

Karl Cochran, Sr., G, Wofford

 

Freshman of the Year

Devin Sibley, G, Furman

 

Anton Foy Coach of the Year

Mike Young, Wofford