ROCK HILL, S.C. Ė Newberry junior guard Zach Chandler (Greenville, S.C.) was recognized today as an All-South Atlantic Conference men's basketball second team member, the league announced today.
The Roane State Community College transfer reached double figures in scoring in all but two games this season, leading Newberry in scoring with 14.5 points per game. Chandler was tops in the conference in steals with 59, or 2.27 per game.
Mars Hill College senior guard Walt Baxley, who led the South Atlantic Conference in scoring at 27.8 points per game, was the top recipient for the menís all-conference basketball awards voting.
Baxley, a senior from Winston-Salem, N.C., was named menís Player of the Year after averaging a league-best 27.6 points per game, the second-best average in Division II. His scoring average is the highest in SAC history. He had three games of 40 points or more this season.
Joining Baxley on the menís All-Conference First Team are Josh Kindred, who helped lead Lenoir-Rhyne to the SAC regular-season title; Brian Graves and Helgi Magnusson from Catawba; Johann Collins from Presbyterian and Sean Barnette from Wingate.
The menís All-Conference Second Team consists of Josh Rudder from Lenoir-Rhyne; Zach Chandler from Newberry; Tray Ballenger from Presbyterian; Douglas Tshomba from Tusculum; and Justin Baker and Bryan Grier from Wingate. Grier led Division II in blocked shots per game at 5.0 per game.
Lenoir-Rhyneís Donte Watson, a freshman from Fayetteville, N.C. (Fayetteville 71st HS) who played a big part in the Bearsí championship, was named Freshman of the Year. He averaged 6.8 points and 2.8 rebounds per game. He was joined on the All-Freshman Team by teammate Tyler Boardman; Eliott McDowell of Mars Hill; Clemente Martin of Newberry; and Kenny Villines of Wingate.