SoCon Media Selects All-Conference Team

Davidson’s Cohen Named Player of the Year

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Southern Conference Sports Media Association selected the its 2012 men’s basketball all-conference teams and postseason awards today (February 29). Davidson junior Jake Cohen was chosen as the Malcolm U. Pitt Player of the Year. UNCG’s Wes Miller was named the league’s Anton Foy Coach of the Year, while Wofford’s Karl Cochran was named the Freshman of the Year.


Cohen turned in a strong all-around season for the Wildcats. The junior from Berwyn, Pa., ranks tenth in the league in scoring (13.9 ppg), eleventh in rebounding (6.0 rpg), twelfth in field goal percentage (.477), second in free throw shooting (.878) and leads the league in blocked shots (1.5 bpg). Davidson won its eleventh division crown with a 16-2 mark in league play. Cohen started in 28 of Davidson’s 29 games and finished the regular season with seven games of at least 20 points and four games of at least 10 rebounds.


Miller was elevated to interim head coach at UNCG on December 13. The youngest Division head coach in the country at 29 years old, Miller led the Spartans to a 10-8 record in the SoCon and captured the North Division championship, marking the first time the Spartans have won the division outright. UNCG’s 10 league wins was its highest win total in conference play since the 2008 season. The Spartans strung together seven consecutive wins from mid-January into early February as part of their run during the second half of the season.


The league’s media association also selected three all-conference teams. Cohen earned first team honors along with teammate De’Mon Brooks. They were joined by Eric Ferguson (Georgia Southern), Trevis Simpson (UNCG) and Brad Loesing (Wofford) on the first team.


Mike Groselle (The Citadel), Andrew Lawrence (College of Charleston), Antwaine Wiggins (College of Charleston), Jack Isenbarger (Elon) and Kevin Giltner (Wofford) were named to the league’s second team.


The all-conference third team team consists of Trent Wiedeman (College of Charleston), Nik Cochran (Davidson), Willie Powers (Georgia Southern), Derrell Armstrong (UNCG) and Drew Windler (Samford).


In voting that mirrored the coaches selection on Tuesday, Wofford’s Karl Cochran was named the league’s Freshman of the Year. A starter in 25 of Wofford’s 31 games, Cochran was third on the team in scoring and led all SoCon freshmen with 11.2 points per game. Cochran also led the Terriers and ranked eighth in the league in steals (1.4 spg).


The 2012 Southern Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament begins Friday, March 2 at the U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville, N.C. The league’s championship game will tip off Monday, March 5 at 9:00 p.m. and will be televised by ESPN2.


2012 Men’s SoCon Sports Media Association Awards


All-Conference First Team

De’Mon Brooks, Davidson

Jake Cohen, Davidson

Eric Ferguson, Georgia Southern

Trevis Simpson, UNCG

Brad Loesing, Wofford

All-Conference Second Team

Mike Groselle, The Citadel

Andrew Lawrence, College of Charleston

Antwaine Wiggins, College of Charleston

Jack Isenbarger, Elon

Kevin Giltner, Wofford


All-Conference Third Team

Trent Wiedeman, College of Charleston

Nik Cochran, Davidson

Willie Powers III, Georgia Southern

Derrell Armstrong, UNCG

Drew Windler, Samford


All-Freshman Team

Adjehi Baru, College of Charleston

Austin Hamilton, Elon

Tyler Hood, Samford

Raijon Kelly, Samford

Karl Cochran, Wofford


Malcolm U. Pitt Player of the Year

Jake Cohen, Jr., F, Davidson


Freshman of the Year

Karl Cochran, Fr., G, Wofford


Anton Foy Coach of the Year

Wes Miller, UNCG

Michael "Beach Mick" Hudson

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Michael "Beach Mick" Hudson is the founder and Editor of Beach Carolina Magazine. Living along the coast of North Carolina, Mike has a passion for the beach and loves to bring news and events of the Carolinas to others around the world.

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