Walker named first team, Smith honorable mention, Evans all-freshman as annual all-SAC teams named


Walker named first team, Smith honorable mention, Evans all-freshman as annual all-SAC teams named
Wednesday, March 5, 2014

ROCK HILL - A trio of Newberry Wolves earned recognition in the annual South Atlantic Conference men's basketball awards Wednesday, as Dondray Walker was named first team all-SAC, Demarkus Smith earned honorable mention and Gerald Evans was named all-freshman team.

[Full SAC Release]

Walker (Fountain Inn, S.C.) earns SAC honors for the third time in his career as a junior. He was the SAC Freshman of the Year and second team all-conference in 2012 and was first team all-conference in 2013 as well. The Hillcrest HS averaged 16.8 points and 4.8 rebounds per game this year. He ranks 10th in the league in scoring and his 38 total steals rank seventh in the conference.

His 47.7 average from three-point range ranks second in the conference and in the top three nationally in shooters making 2.5 triples per game or more. He scored 31 in regulation in the conference opener against Coker and a career-high 35 in the double overtime thriller over Lenoir-Rhyne. He hit over 1,000 for his career during the season and led the Wolves in scoring for the third straight year.

Smith (Johnston, S.C.) earned honorable mention after averaging 16.2 points and 4.4 rebounds per game as a junior. He ranked 12th in the league in scoring, fourth in the conference with 136 made free throws and fourth in the conference with 43 steals. He ranks second in the conference in points per 40 minutes.

Evans (Inglewood, Calif.) made quite an impression in his first year in the scarlet and gray. The diminutive point guard ranked second overall in the conference with 45 steals and sixth in the league with 92 assists. He also averaged 8.9 points and 3.2 rebounds per game while ranking 14th in the league with a 37.5 three-point shooting percentage.

The Wolves also earned multiple statistical championships, with Xavier Holmes (Great Falls, S.C.) leading the league in shooting percentage at 65.8 percent. The Wolves set the conference scoring record for the third straight year at 93.3 points per game - the first SAC team to average over 90 points per game. Newberry also led the conference in assists per game at 16.9 and steals per game at 10.9

[SAC Statistical Champions]

2013-14 SAC Men's Basketball Awards
SAC Player of the Year: Vincent Bailey, Lincoln Memorial
SAC Freshman of the Year: Isiah Cureton, Wingate
SAC Coach of the Year: Josh Schertz, Lincoln Memorial

All-SAC First Team
Vincent Bailey, Lincoln Memorial
Antoine Davis, Carson-Newman
Chandler Hash, Anderson
Dondray Walker, Newberry
Ishmael Sanders, Carson-Newman
Jarrett Stokes, Queens

All-SAC Second Team
Lorenza Ross, Lincoln Memorial
R.J. McClure, Lenoir-Rhyne
Deion Turman, Wingate
Ryan Daye, Wingate
C.J. Gleaton, Anderson
Chance Jones, Lincoln Memorial

All-SAC Honorable Mention
Julian Nelson, Coker
Darius Moose, Brevard
Tyrece Little, Catawba
Demarkus Smith, Newberry
Josh Clyburn, Queens
Kijuan Arrington, Catawba

SAC All-Freshman Team
Isiah Cureton, Wingate
Luquon Choice, Lincoln Memorial
Trevon Shaw, Brevard
Josh Dominguez, Wingate
Gerald Evans, Newberry