The 2011-2012 Daktronics Men’s and Women’s Basketball All-South Region Teams were recently announced with three players from the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) receiving honors. Benedict College center Marcus Goode made the men’s second team while Albany State University guard April Thomas and Clark Atlanta University guard Conisha Hicks both made the women’s second team.
Goode, the SIAC Player of the Year the last two seasons, led the SIAC in both scoring and rebounding this season with 18.5 points and 11.3 rebounds per game, making his second Daktronics All-Region team in as many years. The 6-foot-10, 260-pound junior from Chapin, SC also led the conference with 2.7 blocks per game and was seventh with a .513 field goal percentage while helping lead the Tigers to the 2012 SIAC Tournament title and a second consecutive post-season berth. Goode and the #8 seed Tigers will play in the first round of the NCAA South Regional this Saturday at 6 p.m. CST (7 p.m. EST) against #1 seed Alabama-Huntsville.
Hicks, a native of Lithonia, GA, garners all-region honors for the second consecutive season after averaging a team-high 16.3 points per game this season, which ranked fourth in the SIAC. The 5-foot-3 sophomore, who is a two-time All-SIAC selection, also averaged a team-high three assists and 2.6 steals per game, which ranked seventh and sixth in the conference respectively. Hicks helped lead the Lady Panthers to a 14-13 record (13-9 in the SIAC) this season.
Thomas, a native of Bainbridge, GA, was the SIAC’s second-leading scorer this season at 18.1 points per game. The 5-foot-1 freshman, who was named SIAC Freshman of the Year this season, was among the league leaders with a .750 free throw percentage and a .353 three-point field goal percentage while averaging three three-point field goals made per game, which ranked second in the SIAC. Thomas, an All-SIAC selection this season as well, was the only freshman to receive Daktronics All-South Region honors this season.
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Daktronics Men’s Basketball All-South Region First Team
Scott Dennis, Christian Brothers, G, 6-6, 190, Senior, Cincinnati, Ohio
Josh Magette, UAH, G, 6-1, 160, Senior, Birmingham, Ala.
Jamar Moore, West Florida, F, 6-6, 215, Senior, Coolidge, Ga.
Da’Ron Sims, West Georgia, F, 6-6, 215, Senior, Oakland, Calif.
Jaime Smith, UAH, G, 6-3, 185, Junior, Birmingham, Ala.
South Region Player of the Year – Josh Magette, UAH
Daktronics Men’s Basketball All-South Region Second Team
Beaumont Beasley, North Alabama, G, 6-0, 180, Senior, Kansas City, Mo.
Simon Cummings, Florida Tech, G, 6-1, 205, Senior, Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Marcus Goode, Benedict, C, 6-10, 270, Junior, Chapin, S.C.
Marquis Mathis, West Florida, F, 6-7, 215, Senior, Columbus, Ohio
Zack Warner, Christian Brothers, F, 6-10, 215, Senior, St. Louis, Mo.
Daktronics Women’s Basketball All-South Region First Team
Veronica Walker – Delta State University – F – 6-2 – Senior – Indianola, Miss. Michaela Hawley – Florida Southern College – F – 6-1 – Senior – Naples, Fla. Brittany Ferguson – Valdosta State University – F – 5-10 – Senior – Macon, Ga. Jasmine Hammon – University of Alabama-Huntsville – G – 5-9 – Sophomore – Muscle Shoals, Ala. Briauna Hagins – Florida Institute of Technology – F – 5-11 – Senior – Ocala, Fla.
Player of the Year: Veronica Walker, Delta State University
Daktronics Women’s Basketball All-South Region Second Team
Conisha Hicks – Clark Atlanta University – G – 5-3 – Sophomore – Lithonia, Ga. Sczeny Hartry – Valdosta State University – G – 5-7 – Senior – Lilburn, Ga. Brooke Rhodes – Delta State University – G – 5-8 – Sophomore – Pelahatchie, Miss. Meixandra Porter – Nova Southeastern University – G – 5-6 – Junior – Chantilly, Va. April Thomas – Albany State University – G – 5-1 – Freshman – Bainbridge, Ga.