The 2009-10 Southern Conference men’s basketball postseason awards were announced on Wednesday, following a balloting of the league’s head coaches. South Division champion Wofford was a big winner, garnering Player of the Year honors for forward Noah Dahlman and Coach of the Year honors for Mike Young. Dahlman and Tim Johnson were also named to the All-Conference team.
Dahlman, a junior from Braham, Minnesota, was a key in leading Wofford to the program’s first South Division championship and a 15-3 league record. The junior is ranked fourth in the conference in scoring at 17.4 points per game and seventh in rebounding with 6.3 boards per contest. Dahlman also made 59.2 percent of his field goal attempts, good enough for fourth in the SoCon, en route to becoming the first Terrier to win the league’s top honor.
Young, in his eighth season at the helm of the Wofford program, took the Terriers to new heights in 2009-10, with a 23-8 overall record and a 15-3 league mark. The overall record includes wins over South Carolina and Georgia. The team won the South Division title and earned a number one seed at this week’s SoCon Men’s Basketball Championship, both which are firsts for the school which joined the SoCon for the 1997-98 season.
Dahlman was one of three players to earn all-conference honors for the second straight season, joined by College of Charleston’s Andrew Goudelock and The Citadel’s Cameron Wells. Also earning All-SoCon honors were Donald Sims (Appalachian State), Simmons, Amu Saaka (Furman), Willie Powers (Georgia Southern), Ben Stywall (UNC Greensboro), Brandon Giles (Western Carolina) and Tim Johnson (Wofford).
Tim Johnson, a junior from Memphis, Tennessee, leads the Terriers with 7.8 rebounds per game, which is fifth in the Southern Conference. He is also fifth on the team with 6.2 points per game. Of his 241 rebounds this season, 170 have come on the defensive glass. This was the first time Wofford has placed two student-athletes on the Coaches All-Southern Conference team.
In the other individual awards, Jeremy Simmons of the College of Charleston and Western Carolina’s Brigham Waginger were named Co-Defensive Players of the Year while Davidson guard JP Kuhlman was tabbed as the league’s Freshman of the Year.
The 2010 Southern Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament begins Friday, March 5 at Bojangles’ Coliseum in Charlotte, N,C. Following the first round and quarterfinal games, the event will shift to Time Warner Cable Arena, home of the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats, for Sunday’s semifinals and Monday’s championship game. Wofford will play the winner of the Furman/UNC Greensboro game at approximately 4:30 pm on Saturday, March 6.
Donald Sims, Appalachian State
Andrew Goudelock, College of Charleston
Jeremy Simmons, College of Charleston
Cameron Wells, The Citadel
Amu Saaka, Furman
Willie Powers, Georgia Southern
Ben Stywall, UNC Greensboro
Brandon Giles, Western Carolina
Noah Dahlman, Wofford
Tim Johnson, Wofford
Willis Hall, College of Charleston
Harrison DuPont, The Citadel
Jake Cohen, Davidson
JP Kuhlman, Davidson
Kyle Randall, UNC Greensboro
Player of the Year
Noah Dahlman, Jr., F, Wofford
Co-Defensive Players of the Year
Jeremy Simmons, Jr., F, College of Charleston
Brigham Waginger, Sr., G, Western Carolina
Freshman of the Year
JP Kuhlman, G, Davidson
Coach of the Year
Mike Young, Wofford