Sunday, February 28, 2016

Three from Centre College Earn SAA All-Conference Honors

Three Centre College players earned All-Conference honors from the Southern Athletic Association this season. 

Senior Blake Scinta was named First Team All-SAA. Senior Tyler Wesley was named to the league's Second Team. Junior Matt Gump earned Honorable Mention.

Wesley was also named Defensive Player of the Year.

Here's a release from the SAA:

ATLANTA –The SAA announced the 2015-16 Men’s Basketball All-Conference award winners and, following exclusive voting by the league head coaches, Alex Avery of Birmingham-Southern was named Player of the Year to give the Panthers their third straight top award. Tyler Wesley of Centre, meanwhile, collected his third straight Defensive Player of the Year award. Newcomer of the Year honors were won by Sewanee’s Cody Jones and Birmingham-Southern head coach Chris Graves was named Coach of the Year by his peers after guiding the Panthers to the league’s first unblemished conference record. A total of 25 student-athletes earned recognition among the league’s All-Conference First, Second and Honorable Mention Teams.

Birmingham-Southern senior forward Alex Avery enjoyed a rare statistical season in which he led the undefeated in conference play Panthers in points, rebounds and assists. The multi-dimensional Avery topped the SAA in rebounds per game (11.1) and assists per game (3.8) as he demonstrated a knack for either scoring on his own or drawing the defense and finding an open teammate. His 13.7 points per game in conference contests ranked fifth best and his shooting percentage of 52.7% checked in at sixth overall. Playing under 30 minutes per contest, Avery accomplished these statistical highlights while averaging just the 18th best in the SAA in minutes played.

For the third straight season Centre’s Tyler Wesley, a senior forward from Crestwood, Ky., captured Defensive Player of the Year after making the painted area his own personal playground. Wesley rejected a league-record 74 shots in his senior year to cap a career that saw him lead the league in blocks in all four seasons he was on campus. When he wasn’t sending his opponents’ shots in the other direction, Wesley was cleaning up the glass for the Colonels, snatching 9.2 rebounds per game, the second-best average in the conference.

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