ROCK HILL, S.C. - Newberry College junior forward Clemente Martin has been named to the 2008 All-South Atlantic Conference first team in men's basketball, the league office announced today. Grant Domsic was named to the league's all-freshman team.
Martin, a junior forward from Freeport, Bahamas, earned first team honors as well as the conference statistical championship in steals per game. The junior led Newberry and was second in the SAC with 18.9 points per game. Martin was named to the second team in 2007 and was named to the all-freshman team in 2006.
Domsic, a freshman guard from Winter Garden, Fla., established himself as an outside threat for the Indians all season. Domsic averaged 10.5 points per game and was second in scoring amongst SAC freshmen. He finished fifth in the league in three-pointers made per game.
Cory Etheridge (Columbia, S.C.) and Keith Marshall (St. Stephen, S.C.) were recognized with Senior Awards.
Wingate's Sean Barnette wins the SAC Player of the Year award for the second consecutive year, becoming just the second men's basketball player to win the award two times. He was also the 2006-07 South Atlantic Conference male Athlete of the Year. Barnette averaged 20.4 points per game and 9.6 rebounds per game during the regular season to help lead the Bulldogs to a share of the league championship.
Joining Barnette on the men's All-Conference First Team are: Antonio Houston of Catawba College, the 2007 SAC Freshman of the Year; Josh Kindred and Reggie Bratton from conference co-champion Lenoir-Rhyne College; Clemente Martin from Newberry College and Bryan Grier from Wingate. Grier led the SAC in blocked shots and is the NCAA Division II career leader in blocked shots. Martin led the league in steals and was second in scoring.
The men's All-Conference Second Team consists of Jordan Dixon of Carson-Newman College; Josh Rudder of Lenoir-Rhyne; Terry Delaney of Lincoln Memorial University; Jamarl Glen of Mars Hill College; and Jordan Lear and Kyle Moore of Tusculum College.
Catawba's Dominick Reid\ was named Freshman of the Year. He averaged 9.2 points per game and 3.0 assists per game. He had 21 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, all career highs, against Carson-Newman. He is the second consecutive Catawba player to win this award.
John Lentz, who guided the Lenoir-Rhyne Bears to the league title, was named men's Coach of the Year. He wins the award for the fifth time in his career and second time in the last three years.
Carson-Newman's Jesse McMurray was named the Men's Basketball Scholar-Athlete.
The 2008 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference men's and women's basketball tournament semifinals and finals will be held at Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory, N.C. on Saturday and Sunday. Tournament winners receive an automatic bid into the NCAA Division II National Championship Tournament.
ALL-SAC FIRST TEAM
Antonio Houston, Catawba
Josh Kindred, Lenoir-Rhyne
Reggie Bratton, Lenoir-Rhyne
Clemente Martin, Newberry
Sean Barnette, Wingate
Bryan Grier, Wingate
ALL-SAC SECOND TEAM
Jordan Dixon, Carson-Newman
Josh Rudder, Lenoir-Rhyne
Terry Delaney, Lincoln Memorial
Jamarl Glen, Mars Hill
Jordan Lear, Tusculum
Kyle Moore, Tusculum
Cameron Sharp, Carson-Newman
Dominick Reid, Catawba
Ryan Whitaker, Lincoln Memorial
Grant Domsic, Newberry
Robert Troutman, Tusculum
COACH OF THE YEAR:
John Lentz, Lenoir-Rhyne
PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
Sean Barnette, Wingate
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR:
Dominick Reid, Catawba
Jesse McMurray, Carson-Newman
MEN'S BASKETBALL STATISTICAL CHAMPIONS
The SAC Statistical Champion Award recognizes those individuals and teams that have finished the regular season as SAC leaders in various overall statistical categories. Individual leaders must have participated in 75 percent of the team's games.
Individual Scoring - Sean Barnette, Wingate, 20.4
Individual Rebounds Per Game -Sean Barnette, Wingate, 9.6
Individual Field Goal Percentage - Bryan Grier, Wingate, .673
Individual Assists Per Game - Ryan Troutman, Tusculum, 5.11
Individual Steals Per Game - Clemente Martin, Newberry, 2.44
Individual 3-Point Field Goal Percentage - Darren Williams, Carson-Newman, .436
Individual 3-Pointers Per Game - Kyle Moore, Tusculum, 3.19
Individual Blocked Shots Per Game - Bryan Grier, Wingate, 4.26
Individual Free Throw Percentage - Brandon Plummer, Wingate, .871
Individual Assist-to-Turnover Ratio - Ryan Troutman, Tusculum, 2.06
Team Scoring Offense - Carson-Newman, 90.8
Team Field Goal Percentage - Lenoir-Rhyne, .491
Team Field Goal Percentage Defense - Wingate, .402
Team 3-Point Field Goal Percentage - Tusculum, .386
Team Assists - Wingate, 18.11
Team Steals - Carson-Newman, 10.88
Team Scoring Defense - Lenoir-Rhyne, 67.5
Team Rebounding - Wingate, 41.4
Team Free Throw Percentage - Lenoir-Rhyne, .732
Team Blocked Shots - Wingate, 6.44
Team Assist-to-Turnover Ratio - Tusculum, 1.12
2007-08 SAC MEN'S SENIOR AWARD RECIPIENTS