USA South 2016-17 Men's Basketball Awards Announced

USA South 2016-17 Men's Basketball Awards Announced

(FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.) - The USA South Athletic Conference has announced its 2016-17 All-Conference awards for men's basketball. Averett University's Charles Bryant was named Player of the Year while his coach, David Doino earned Coach of the Year honors. N.C. Wesleyan College's A.J. Frye collected Rookie of the Year accolades to close out the individual honors. Finally, the USA South recognized an All-Sportsmanship Team consisting of one member from each competing school.

All awards are voted on by the men's basketball coach at each institution. 

The awards will be presented to individuals from teams competing in Games #1 and #2 of the first round of the USA South Men's Basketball tournament on Thursday, February 23 immediately following the conclusion of Game #1. For those award winners competing in Games #3 and #4, the ceremony will take place immediately following the conclusion of Game #3.

Bryant, a Jarratt, Virginia senior forward, becomes the first Cougar to be named Player of the Year since the 2008-09 season. He has averaged a double-double this season with 17.0 points and a League-best 10.5 rebounds per game. Currently, Bryant has compiled 12 double-doubles this winter including nine versus USA South competition. He also currently averages 1.4 assists and 1.1 per contest this season. In Conference-only contests, his scoring and rebounding averages rose to 19.0 and 11.7, respectively. In a late-season win over William Peace, Bryant become Averett's all-time leading rebounder as he has currently totaled 864 for his career. Bryant earns his second-career first team all-conference honor as he was first awarded the accolade following his sophomore campaign. Finally, Bryant accumulated two USA South Player of the Week awards this winter.

Frye, a Wilmington, North Carolina freshman center, becomes the first Bishop to be named Rookie of the Year since the 2006-07 season. He started every game this season and led the Conference in shooting percentage, making 63.6% (140-220) of his attempts from the field. Frye averaged 12.9 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game this winter. In contests versus USA South competition, Frye raised his averages to 15.5 points and 4.9 rebounds per outing. In the final game of the season, a victory over Huntingdon, Frye scored a career-high 27 points. For his efforts this season, Frye was named USA South Rookie of the Week four times.

Doino, in his third season as the head of the Cougars, collects his first-career Conference Coach of the Year honor. He is the first Averett coach to earn the accolade since the 2008-09 season. After being picked to finish eighth in the Preseason USA South Coaches Poll, Doino's team posted a 9-5 league mark to earn a share of the program's sixth regular season Conference crown. The Cougars have now collected nine or more League victories in three of the past four seasons. Doino now takes his team into the upcoming USA South Tournament as the top-seeded team and host.


Player of the Year Rookie of the Year Coach of the Year

Charles Bryant

A.J. Frye
N.C. Wesleyan 

David Doino

The 2016-17 USA South Men's Basketball All-Conference Team:

First Team Second Team Honorable Mention
Davion Ayabarreno, Methodist
Charles Bryant, Averett

James Contreras Jr., Averett
Donavan Griffith, Greensboro
Adrian Moore, N.C. Wesleyan
Ryan Emfinger, William Peace
Josh Grimard, Ferrum
Calvin Songster, Maryville
Patjo Twagirayezu, Covenant 

Justin Vallejo, Piedmont
Chase England, Piedmont
Joseph Gatling, Greensboro

Colt Nokes, Maryville 
Jackson Whitley, Methodist
  All-Sportsmanship Team  
  Moriba Diaby, Averett
Z Arima, Covenant
Caleb Pendergraph, Ferrum
Lorenzo Marry, Greensboro
Wyatt Popovich, Huntingdon
Michael McCauley, LaGrange
Tyler Spicer, Maryville
Will Baggett, Methodist
Cameron Martin, N.C. Wesleyan
Kelly Assinesi, Piedmont
William Walker, William Peace

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