Dondray Walker named SAC Freshman of the Year as yearly awards are announced


Dondray Walker named SAC Freshman of the Year as yearly awards are announced
Thursday, March 1, 2012 | by Walker also named second team and all-freshman; Savad Garner rounds out all-freshman team

ROCK HILL, S.C. - Newberry College freshman Dondray Walker has been named the South Atlantic Conference freshman of the year, as the league announced the annual men's basketball awards Thursday. Walker was also named to the all-SAC second team and all-freshman team, while Savad Garner was named to the all-freshman team.

Walker (Fountain Inn, S.C. / Hillcrest HS) is Newberry's second SAC freshman of the year in the school's 15 years in the league. Alex Fair earned the award following the 1998-99 season. In the regular season, Walker led the Wolves with 16.5 points per game and finished second in the league in three-pointers made per game. Walker led the Wolves in scoring in 12 games during the regular season and had double-doubles against Carson-Newman and Catawba. He head eight games with 20 or more points during the season. With his second team all-conference honor, Walker becomes the first Newberry player to earn all-conference and all-freshman honors in the same season.

Garner (Fountain Inn, S.C. / Hillcrest HS) was the Wolves' second-leading scorer at 13.8 points per game with 4.8 rebounds per game. He led the Wolves in scoring in nine games during the regular season and was named the SAC Player of the Week on November 21 after leading the Wolves to a 3-0 week.

The Wolves finished fourth in the league in the regular season and advanced to the Food Lion SAC Tournament semifinals for just the fourth time in the school's history with an 85-70 win over fifth-seeded Lenoir-Rhyne on Wednesday. Newberry faces top-seeded Anderson at noon Saturday at the Catawba Valley Community College's Tarlton Complex in Hickory, N.C.

SAC Player of the Year: Denzail Jones, Anderson
SAC Freshman of the Year: Dondray Walker, Newberry
SAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Nick Trull, Anderson
SAC Coach of the Year: Jason Taylor, Anderson

All-SAC First Team

Brandon Armstrong

Lincoln Memorial

Sammy Emile

Mars Hill

Desmond Johnson

Lincoln Memorial

Denzail Jones

Anderson

Keon Moore

Catawba

Jaime Vaughn

Wingate


All-SAC Second Team

Vincent Bailey

Lincoln Memorial

Antoine Davis

Carson-Newman

Ishmael Sanders

Carson-Newman

Taylor Shugart

Anderson

Nick Trull

Anderson

Dondray Walker

Newberry


SAC All-Freshman Team

Savad Garner

Newberry

Terrell Harris

Mars Hill

Tyrece Little

Catawba

Lorenza Ross

Lincoln Memorial

Dondray Walker

Newberry