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SIAC Announces Postseason Hoop Honors
BIRMINGHAM — The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) hosted its annual regular season basketball awards banquet earlier this week at the Sheraton Hotel.
Kenney Boyd of Morehouse College and Shantrell Moss of Clark Atlanta University were named conference Most Valuable Players.
The awards banquet announced the first and second team All-Conference teams, All Academic Teams, Freshman of the Year, MVP, Coach of the Year while recognizing the men’s and women’s teams that finished first in the standings during the regular season.
Boyd, the 6-foot-8 senior from Meridan, MS, led Morehouse in both rebounds per game and points per game. The dominating big man reeked havoc in the SIAC and stood out as the number one player in the conference despite missing time during the regular season due to injury.
Joining Boyd on the first team was Michael Holmes of Benedict, Ernest Sinkfield of Claflin, Scheraun King of Albany State and Flawaan Flaggs of Miles College.
Holmes dominated the SIAC last year and led his Benedict Tiger team to another impressive record and top two finish within the conference. Darius Lane ran the point for Benedict and took home second team honors as well.
Benedict was second only to Claflin who make their conference debut with two honorees. Joining Sinkfield on the team was Phillip Brown who took home second team honors. Rounding out the second team was Martez Scott of Fort Valley State, Rasuul Bauluu of LeMoyne-Owen and Jermale Jones of Tuskegee.
Marcus Wedge of Morehouse garnished the top GPA within the men’s division. The sophomore, Business Administration major has attained a 3.71 GPA. The remainder of the list are all seniors and either Kentucky State or Benedict men.
Zyndrunas Rackaukas (KSU) and Bennie Lewis (BC) were next on the list with a 3.69 and 3.63 respectively. Jermaine Bentley (KSU) and Darius Lane (BC) finished out the honor roll call.
Freshman of the Year honors went to Kenneth Simmons of Fort Valley State and Kenney Boyd of Morehouse took home MVP. Claflin University head coach takes the SIAC regular season championship and Coach of the Year honors in his inaugural season within the SIAC.
Moss, the 5-foot-9 senior from Ft. Lauderdale, FL, led her Clark Atlanta Lady Panthers to a 2nd place finish within the conference and a 24-3 overall record this season.
She also led the conference in scoring averaging 24.1 ppg en route to taking home the coveted Most Valuable Player award. Moss was joined by teammate Danielle Walker who took home second team honors.
Fort Valley State landed the most names on the list including Shikeya Tarpkins, Takesha Riggs, and freshman sensation Kendra Evans. Evans took home Freshman of the year honors after leading her team in total rebounds averaging 7.1 per game and 12 ppg game, third best on her team.
Others named to the first team included Albany State’s Nakia Trice and Ashley Price of Benedict.
Both Trice and Price averaged over 16 points per game. Jayshaun Bailey of Claflin, Ashley Orphey of Miles and Rishaundra Gartrell of Tuskegee rounded out the remaining 2nd team.
Kentucky State’s Jessica Vaughn had the highest GPA of all the All Academic Team honorees. The junior, Elementary Education major had an overall GPA of 3. 96.
Latrice Watkins of Kentucky State, Alicia Barnes of Tuskegee both added a 3.89 to the list. Bryttany Gant made a consecutive visit to the team with her GPA of 3.84 and Cyntonia Jones of Miles rounded out the list with a 3.66.
Fort Valley State head coach Lonnie Bartley took home Coach of the Year honors and received the coveted 1st place trophy for his teams domination of the SIAC. The Lady Wildcats went undefeated 22-0 in conference play and are currently ranked in the top 25 nationally.
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