Feb. 28, 2005
Chattanooga, TN - The Southern Conference men's basketball coaches named their 2005 all-league teams today with Citadel freshman forward Warren McLendon being tabbed to the all-freshman squad.
Davidson's Brendan Winters was named as the 2004-05 Player of the Year by the coaches, while Davidson's Bob McKillop was named the Coach of the Year and UNC Greensboro's Kyle Hines was named the Freshman of the Year.
Winters, a 6-5, 200-pound junior from Denver, CO (Mullen/Worcester Academy), has led Davidson to an undefeated conference season in the Southern Conference at 16-0. The Wildcats are the top seed in the 2005 Kyocera Southern Conference Basketball Championship which begins on Wednesday, March 2 at the McKenzie Arena in Chattanooga.
Winters is third in the SoCon in scoring with a 16.3 average. Davidson is the first Southern Conference team to complete an undefeated conference season since the College of Charleston was 16-0 in 1998-99. Davidson, Pacific of the Big West Conference and Illinois of the Big Ten are the only teams in NCAA Division I without a conference loss this season. East Tennessee State guard Tim Smith, the SoCon's leading scorer at 21.3 points per game, and UNC Greensboro freshman Kyle Hines tied as the runners-up for the Player of the Year Award.
Hines, a 6-6, 195-pound forward from Sicklerville, NJ (Timber Creek) was a unanimous choice for Freshman of the Year. He received all 11 of the available first place votes. Hines leads the SoCon with a .618 field goal percentage, is second in rebounding at 8.9 per game and is the conference's ninth-leading scorer at 13.9 points per game.
McKillop has led Davidson to a 20-7 regular season record and the Southern Conference's outright championship in the South Division. This is the fourth time McKillop has been named the coach of the year by his peers, also receiving the honor in 1994, 1996 and 1997. During the 2004-05 season, McKillop set the conference record for SoCon victories in a career. He now has 144 career SoCon victories. He ranks third in conference history in overall wins with 234. Appalachian State's Houston Fancher, who led the Mountaineers to a 16-11 record, was the runner-up for the coach of the year award.
Winters also headlines the 10-member coaches all-conference team. He is joined on the squad by Davidson forward Logan Kosmalski. Georgia Southern placed three on the all-conference team including guards Elton Nesbitt and Terry Williams and forward Jean Francois. UNC Greensboro is the only other school with multiple members on the all-conference as forward Ronnie Burrell joins Hines on the squad.
Other members of the coaches all-conference team include ETSU's Smith, guard Tony Mitchell from the College of Charleston and Chattanooga forward Mindaugas Katelynas.
Joining Hines on the all-freshman team are Warren McLendon of The Citadel, Louis Graham of Georgia Southern, Brian Waters of Elon and Trey Hopkins of Western Carolina. McLendon was also the runner-up to Hines in freshman of the year voting.
The Southern Conference Sports Media Association will announce its all-conference team and award winners on Tuesday, March 1.
All-Southern Conference Men's Basketball Team
Brendan Winters, Davidson
Elton Nesbitt, Georgia Southern
Tim Smith, East Tennessee State
Tony Mitchell, College of Charleston
Mindaugas Katelynas, Chattanooga
Logan Kosmalski, Davidson
Ronnie Burrell, UNC Greensboro
Kyle Hines, UNC Greensboro
Jean Francois Georgia Southern
Terry Williams, Georgia Southern
Southern Conference All-Freshman Team
Kyle Hines, UNC Greensboro
Warren McLendon, The Citadel
Louis Graham, Georgia Southern
Brian Waters, Elon
Trey Hopkins, Western Carolina
Freshman forward Warren McLendon became the ninth Bulldog to be named to the SoCon's All-Freshman Team.