AUGUSTA, GA -- The Peach Belt Conference announced the 2009 men’s basketball All-Conference team on the eve of the PBC Tournament. USC Aiken’s Chris Commons was named the PBC Player of the Year while Georgia Southwestern’s Evan Mobley is the Freshman of the Year. GCSU coach Terry Sellers was named the Coach of the Year.
Commons becomes the fifth PBC men’s basketball player to earn the Player of the Year honor in back-to-back seasons, joining Tyrekus ‘AJ’ Bowman, who shared the award with Commons in 2008 and won it in 2007. This season, Commons has led the Pacers to a 21-6 overall record and a national ranking all year long. He was second in the PBC in scoring with 18.7 points per game and 12th in rebounding with 6.1 per contest. He is also third in the league in blocked shots. A senior from Toledo, Ohio, Commons became the sixth USCA player to scored 1,000 career points, accomplishing that in 48 games as a Pacer.
Evan Mobley becomes the first GSW student-athlete in any sport to claim one of the PBC’s major awards. A freshman from Savannah, Ga., Mobley played in all 27 games for the Hurricanes this year, starting in 18. He was fourth on the team and in the top 30 in the league in scoring with 9.8 points per game. He scored a season-high 24 against Lander and hit the game-winning shot at UNC Pembroke. He is 11th in the PBC in steals. Georgia Southwestern joined the PBC in 2007-08 and the team will be making their first PBC Tournament appearance on Wednesday.
Terry Sellers has been the coach at Georgia College & State University for 16 years and receives his fourth PBC Coach of the Year honor. Sellers and the Bobcats finished tied for third in the PBC standings with a 15-5 conference record, were nationally-ranked and are the only team in the PBC to have wins over both ASU and USCA. At 21-5 overall, GCSU has been ranked as high at 14th in the nation. Sellers also won Coach of the Year awards in 1997, 2000 and 2006.
Below is the 2009 men’s basketball All-Conference team. The team was selected by the league’s head coaches, who were not permitted to vote for their own players. Players will be presented their awards prior to their first PBC Tournament game.
2009 Peach Belt
Men’s Basketball All-Conference Team
Chris Commons, USC Aiken
Shaun Keaton, GCSU
Ben Madgen, Augusta State
Garret Siler, Augusta State
Dwight Tolbert, Armstrong Atlantic State
Javonte Clanton, USC Aiken
Josh Dollard, USC Aiken
LaBrian Lyons, North Georgia
Brian Moultrie, Armstrong Atlantic State
Anthony Sargent, Georgia Southwestern
Fred Braithewaite, Augusta State
Kevin Clark, Francis Marion
Bernard Fields, Clayton State
Sean Miller, Columbus State
Anthony Rowe, North Georgia
Player of the Year
Chris Commons, USC Aiken
Freshman of the Year
Evan Mobley, Georgia Southwestern
Coach of the Year
Terry Sellers, GCSU