The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference announces the 2012 SIAC Men’s and Women’s Basketball All-Conference Teams as voted on by the SIAC Basketball Coaches Association.

The men’s team is led by 2012 SIAC Player of the Year Marcus Goode of Benedict College. Goode, a native of Chapin, SC, led the SIAC in scoring, rebounding, and blocked shots during the regular season, averaging 18.7 points, 11.2 rebounds, which currently ranks sixth in Division II, and 2.3 blocks per game. The 6-foot-10, 260-pound junior center was also sixth with a .530 field goal percentage on his way to being named the conference’s top player for the second time in as many seasons.

Leading the way for the women’s team is 2012 SIAC Player of the Year Jasmine Birdsong of Fort Valley State University. Birdsong, a native of Sparta, GA, averaged 10.9 points and 8.3 rebounds per game, which includes a conference-leading 4.4 offensive rebounds per game. The 5-foot-11 senior forward helped lead the Lady Wildcats to the SIAC regular season title and number one seed in the conference tournament.

Men’s newcomer of the year is Miles College guard Eric Lipkin. Lipkin led all newcomers in scoring with 14.7 points per game which ranked sixth in the SIAC and was the league’s second-leading assist man at 4.3 per game. The 6-foot-1 senior from Birmingham, AL was the third-leading free throw shooter in the SIAC at 83.3 %, ranked fifth with 1.9 steals per game, and was second with 61 three-pointers made (2.4 per game).

Kentucky State University guard Jasmine Davis is the newcomer of the year for the women. Davis was the conference’s sixth-leading scorer, averaging 14.7 points per game. The 5-foot-7 junior from Cincinnati, OH shot 84.5 % from the free throw line and 45.7 % from behind the arc, both of which led the SIAC, while averaging three assists per game which ranked eighth in the conference.

Paine College guard Kedric Taylor was named freshman of the year for the men. Taylor, a 6-foot native of Orlando, FL, led all SIAC freshmen with 10.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 4.3 assists per game while shooting 53.2 % from the field, which also led all freshmen. He was also one of seven players in all of Division II to record a triple-double this season.

For the women, Albany State University guard April Thomas was named freshman of the year after leading the SIAC in scoring at 18.5 points per game, becoming the second consecutive freshman to lead the conference in this category. The 5-foot-1 guard from Bainbridge, GA shot 35.5 % from behind the arc which ranked fourth in the SIAC while hitting three three-pointers per game which ranked second.

Men’s Coach of the Year is Leon Douglas of Tuskegee University. Douglas led the Golden Tigers to a share of the regular season title with a 16-8 record in the SIAC, 16-10 overall.

Cassandra Moorer of Stillman College was named Women’s Coach of the Year after leading Stillman to a 17-5 record in the SIAC, 19-7 overall. The Lady Tigers finished the regular season in second place after being picked seventh in the preseason.

2012 SIAC Men’s Basketball All-Conference Team & Superlatives
Name                      Height  Class                Pos.     School

Marcus Goode              6-10      Junior               C          Benedict College

Royce Hamilton             6-6        Senior             G/F       Clark Atlanta University

Terrance Bowman          6-4        Junior            G          Claflin University

Teshawn Byron              6-6        Senior             G          LeMoyne-Owen College

Calvin Stoudemire         6-7        Senior             F          LeMoyne-Owen College

Eric Lipkin                     6-1        Senior              G          Miles College

Andrae Nelson              6-6        Junior             C          Morehouse College

Ladarius Rhone             6-5        Junior            F          Stillman College

Joshua Eichelberger      6-5        Senior           F          Tuskegee University

Calvin Thomas              6-0        Junior            G          Tuskegee University

Player of the Year: Marcus Goode, Benedict College

Newcomer of the Year: Eric Lipkin, Miles College
Freshman of the Year: Kedric Taylor, Paine College

Coach of the Year: Leon Douglas, Tuskegee University

2012 SIAC Women’s Basketball All-Conference Team & Superlatives
Name                           Height  Class                Pos.     School

April Thomas                 5-1        Freshman          G          Albany State University

Santera Grooms            5-10      Junior               G/F       Benedict College

Conisha Hicks               5-3        Sophomore       G          Clark Atlanta University

La’Quisha Lewis            6-0        Junior               C          Clark Atlanta University

Jasmine Birdsong         5-11      Senior               F          Fort Valley State University

Jasmine Davis              5-7        Junior               G          Kentucky State University

Shonice Sprouse           5-9        Senior               G          LeMoyne-Owen College

Sammeika Thomas        6-2        Senior             F/C       Miles College

Jamila McKinnis            5-11      Senior              F          Stillman College

Phyllice Eubanks           5-9        Senior               F          Stillman College

Player of the Year: Jasmine Birdsong, Fort Valley State University

Newcomer of the Year: Jasmine Davis, Kentucky State University

Freshman of the Year: April Thomas, Albany State University

Coach of the Year: Cassandra Moorer, Stillman College

2012 SIAC Men’s Basketball All-Academic Team

Name                           Class                Major                           GPA     School

Dequan Nesbit              Senior               Business Management   3.93      LeMoyne-Owen College

Julius Taylor                  Sophomore       Chemical Engineering    3.77      Tuskegee University

Anthony Collier              Senior               Mathematics                 3.47      Lane College

Nick Jones                    Senior               Mathematics                 3.43      Lane College

Lucius Winston              Junior               Business Administration            3.42      Tuskegee University

2012 SIAC Women’s Basketball All-Academic Team

Name                           Class                Major                           GPA     School

Chanel Chase                Senior               Business Administration            4.00      Miles College

Jamila McKinnis            Senior               Biology                         4.00      Stillman College

Brandi Haynes               Junior               Middle Grades Ed.        3.82      Fort Valley State University

Angel Hornsburger        Senior               Physical Education        3.75      Lane College

Dawnieka Green            Senior               Physical Education        3.71      Lane College