C-USA Men's Basketball Specialty Awards Announced
March 8, 2011
IRVING, Texas - For the second year in a row, Marshall has produced the C-USA Freshman of the Year as freshman guard DeAndre Kane earned the honors. SMU senior Papa Dia highlighted the All-Defensive Team as the 2010-11 C-USA Defensive Player of the Year. Tulsa sophomore Scottie Haralson was named the C-USA Newcomer of the Year, while East Carolina senior guard Brock Young was chosen as the C-USA Sixth Man of the Year. All awards were voted on by the conference's head coaches and select media.
Kane, a third-team all-conference selection, is joined on the all-freshman team by Memphis duo Will Barton and Tarik Black, Southern Miss guard D.J. Newbill and Tulsa guard Jordan Clarkson of Tulane. Kane earned four Conference USA Player of the Week honors this season and not only ranks among the Top 10 in C-USA for scoring, he was one of the top five freshman scorers nationally. He is also among the C-USA Top 10 for assists and Top 20 for rebounding. Barton was the only other freshman member of the all-conference teams, also earning a spot on the third team.
Dia is the only player in C-USA to rank among the Top 5 in C-USA for scoring and rebounding, plus leads the league in blocked shots with 2.2 per game this season and 2.9 against conference opponents. In addition to Dia, the 2010-11 All-Defensive Team features repeat selections in seniors Aaron Johnson of UAB, Julyan Stone of UTEP and Sai'Quon Stone of Southern Miss. Houston senior guard Zamal Nixon rounds out the defensive squad.
Haralson joined the Golden Hurricane after transferring from the University of Connecticut. In his one season as a true freshman coming off the bench for 17 games, the Huskies posted a 31-5 record and advanced to the 2009 NCAA Final Four. This season, Haralson led the Golden Hurricane in three-point field goal percentage (.383) and ranked among the Top 5 in Conference USA for three-point field goals per game (2.7). He also ranks among the Top 50 nationally in both categories and was a key in Tulsa's second-place conference finish.
The 2011 C-USA Sixth Man of the Year award went to Young. A preseason all-conference selection, he came off the bench in 22 games for the Pirates and was the first player off the bench in 14 games. Young ranks sixth all-time in ECU history with more than 1,200 career points and also became only the fifth player in C-USA history to drop more than 600 dimes during his career.
The 2011 Buick Conference USA Men's Basketball Championship tips off tomorrow, March 9, at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas. Saturday's title game begins at 11:35 a.m. EST and will be nationally televised on CBS.
2010-11 CONFERENCE USA ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
2010-11 CONFERENCE USA FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
2010-11 CONFERENCE USA ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM
2010-11 CONFERENCE USA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
2010-11 CONFERENCE USA NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
2010-11 CONFERENCE USA SIXTH MAN OF THE YEAR