SoCon Postseason Awards 2018

So, it’s that time of year again. Award season!

John Hooper, Brad and I voted on our awards and without further ado, here are our postseason SoCon Awards. I believe official awards will be announced on Tuesday.

I’ll make a few comments afterwards:

1st Team
Francis Alonso, UNCG
Desonta Bradford, ETSU
Fletcher Magee, Wofford
Zane Najdawi, The Citadel
Devin Sibley, Furman

2nd Team
Mike Amius, Western Carolina
James Dickey, UNCG
Cam Jackson, Wofford
Stephon Jelks, Mercer
Jalan McCloud, ETSU

3rd Team
Demetrius Denzel-Dyson, Samford
Nate Dixon, Chattanooga
Daniel Fowler, Furman
Matt Rafferty, Furman
Marvin Smith, UNCG

Player of the Year
Desonta Bradford, ETSU

Defensive Player of the Year
James Dickey, UNCG

Coach of the Year
Wes Miller, UNCG

Freshman of the Year
Bubba Parham, VMI

Mostly I want these to speak for themselves, and I don’t want to try to explain anyone else’s rationale for the way they voted.

I know that I voted for Miller for Coach of the Year over Bob Hoffman (Mercer) and Steve Forbes (ETSU) because of the extended slumps both of those two teams had. Mercer was not good in January. ETSU was not good when the season was on the line these last couple of weeks. If I was picking a coach for my program, I would probably prefer Forbes or Hoffman to Miller, but Miller did a better job this year, I believe.

I also know that I voted for Parham over Isaiah Miller (UNCG) and Bo Hodges (ETSU) because of how he performed this year on the whole. Parham had more opportunity of course than either. If you asked me who would be better in two years, I would think that Miller or Hodges would be better than Parham. But that’s not the question.

That’s my reasoning. Others may have different reasoning (or different votes altogether). I’ll let them defend their own votes.

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