SoCon coaches name Healy top defender
by Staff Reports
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Appalachian State’s Nathan Healy was tabbed the Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Year by the league’s coaches Tuesday.
Davidson senior Jake Cohen was named the 2013 Player of the Year, while the Wildcats’ head coach Bob McKillop was named the league’s Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season.
Samford’s Tim Williams was named the league’s Freshman of the Year.
A two-way standout for the Mountaineers, Healy finished second in rebounding (7.9 rpg) and led the SoCon in defensive rebounds (6.0 rpg).
The senior ranks second in the conference in steals (2.0 spg) and helped anchor the Mountaineers’ front line, which ranked second in the league with 3.8 blocked shots per game.
Offensively, Healy ranks ninth in the league with 14.6 points per game and recorded seven double-doubles during the regular season.
Cohen, who was the Malcolm U. Pitt Player of the Year as selected by the media in 2012, becomes the fourth Wildcat to be chosen as the Player of the Year by the coaches, joining teammate De’Mon Brooks (2012), Stephen Curry (2009) and Brendan Winters (2005).
A native of Berwyn, Pa., Cohen ranks sixth in the conference with 14.9 points per game and is 15th in rebounding (5.7 rpg). The senior is second in the conference in blocked shots (1.7 bpg) and ranks eighth in field goal percentage (.495).
McKillop was named the Coach of the Year by his peers for the eighth time. Davidson finished 17-1 in league play and captured a division championship for the 12th time. The Wildcats earned the top seed in the upcoming Southern Conference Tournament and finished the regular season on a 14-game winning streak.
Williams led all SoCon freshmen in scoring (14.2 ppg) and rebounding (7.2 rpg). He ranks third among all players in field goal percentage (.541), fifth in blocked shots (1.1 bpg) and sixth in steals (1.4 spg). Williams averaged 35.2 minutes per game, the third-highest average among all SoCon performers in 2013.
Cohen was joined on the all-conference team by his teammate Brooks. Elon also had a pair earn all-conference accolades as Jack Isenbarger and Lucas Troutman were selected to the all-conference team.
Healy, Andrew Lawrence (College of Charleston), Mike Groselle (The Citadel), Trevis Simpson (UNCG), Raijon Kelly (Samford) and Trey Sumler (Western Carolina) were all named to the 10-person team.
Samford’s Williams was joined on the all-freshman team by teammate Clide Geffrard, Jr. It is the second season in a row the Bulldogs have placed a pair on the all-freshman team. Kelly and Tyler Hood earned the accolade last season. Chattanooga’s Gee McGhee, Wofford’s Spencer Collins and The Citadel’s Matt Van Scyoc also earned all-freshman honors.
The 2013 Southern Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament begins Friday, March 8, at the U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville. The championship game is scheduled for 7 p.m. March 11, on ESPN2.
2013 SoCon Men’s Basketball Awards
Nathan Healy, Appalachian State
Andrew Lawrence, College of Charleston
Mike Groselle, The Citadel
De’Mon Brooks, Davidson
Jake Cohen, Davidson
Jack Isenbarger, Elon
Lucas Troutman, Elon
Trevis Simpson, UNCG
Raijon Kelly, Samford
Trey Sumler, Western Carolina
Matt Van Scyoc, The Citadel
Clide Geffrard Jr., Samford
Tim Williams, Samford
Gee McGhee, Chattanooga
Spencer Collins, Wofford
Player of the Year
Jake Cohen, Sr., F, Davidson
Defensive Player of the Year
Nathan Healy, Sr., F, Appalachian State
Freshman of the Year
Tim Williams, F, Samford
Coach of the Year
Bob McKillop, Davidson