SIAC announces 2010 hoop honors

By BASN Wire Services
Updated: March 4, 2010

TUCKER, Ga. – The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference coaches have selected the men’s and women’s All-Conference teams for the 2009-10 campaign.

Leading the way for the men’s team is Najee Lane of Clark Atlanta. Lane, who was also named conference most valuable player, led the Panthers to a 22-5, 19-5 in conference play, and the SIAC regular season title.

The 6-foot-4 senior from Trenton, N.J. led Clark-Atlanta in both scoring and rebounds averaging 13.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per contest.

Joining Lane on the All-Conference first team were Stillman guard Lajay Sears, Tuskegee forward/center Andre Nelson,and guards Eric Salley and LeDarius Johnson of Claflin and LeMoyne-Owen respectively.

The women’s first team is led by Takesha Riggs of Fort Valley State. Riggs, who was named the women’s most valuable player, averaged 15.5 points while leading the Lady Wildcats to a 26-1 record, 21-1 in conference play.

The 5-foot-7 senior from Homestead, FL makes her second all-conference team in as many seasons. Also on the first team is Lane forward Veronica Jackson, guard Ashley Sorrell-Gibson of Claflin, along with guards Shonice Sprouse of LeMoyne-Owen and Tequila Martin of Tuskegee.

The men’s freshman of the year is James Edmonds of Lane. Women’s freshman of the year is Stephanie Harper of Kentucky State.

The Men’s Coach of the Year is on the Clark Atlanta’s Darryl Jacobs. Jacobs led the Panthers their third consecutive winning season and a No. 20 national ranking.

The Women’s Coach of the Year is Fort Valley State head coach Lonnie Bartley after leading his team to a No. 1 South Regional ranking and No. 7 national ranking.

Below is a complete list of the 2010 All-SIAC selections:


First Team All-Conference

Ashley Sorrell-Gibson, Claflin, 5-4, Sr., G; Takesha Riggs, Fort Valley State, 5-7, Sr., G; Veronica Jackson, Lane, 5-10, Sr., F; Shonice Sprouse, LeMoyne-Owen, 5-9, Jr., G; Tequila Martin, Tuskegee, 5-7, Jr., G.

Second Team All-Conference

Kendra Evans, Fort Valley State, 5-11, So., F; Stephanie Harper, Kentucky State, 5-11, Fr., F; Cyntauria Jones, Miles, 5-8, Sr., F; Areyal LeDeatte, Paine, 6-1, Sr., C; Alecia Young, Stillman, 6-1, Jr., F.


FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Stephanie Harper, Kentucky State.

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: Takesha Riggs, Fort Valley State.

COACH OF THE YEAR: Lonnie Bartley, Fort Valley State.


First Team All-Conference

Najee Lane, Clark Atlanta, 6-4, Jr., G/F; Eric Salley, Claflin, 6-2, Jr., G; LeDarius Johnson, LeMoyne-Owen, 6-3, Sr., G; Lajay Sears, Stillman, 6-4, Jr., G; Andre Nelson, Tuskegee, 6-6, Jr., F/C.

Second Team All-Conference

Kennie Eberhart, Benedict, 6-4, Jr., G; Tony Johnson, Kentucky State, 6-2, Jr., G; Maurice Mickens, LeMoyne-Owen, 6-0, Sr., G; Jelani Figures, Morehouse, 6-4, Jr., G; Geno Green, Paine, 6-4, So., F.


FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: James Edmonds, Lane. MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: Najee Lane, Clark Atlanta.

COACH OF THE YEAR: Darryl Jacobs, Clark Atlanta.