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SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Western Carolina junior forward Carlos Dotson and freshman guard Kameron Gibson were both recognized Wednesday afternoon as the league announced its men’s basketball postseason awards. Dotson gathered third team All-SoCon plaudits from both the league’s coaches and voting media while Gibson claimed a spot on the All-Freshman team from the league’s coaches and voting media.

Dotson was Western Carolina’s leading scorer with 13.4 points per game as well as the top rebounder with 9.4 rebounds per game. The Riverdale, Md. native finished with a career-high 27 points against Furman on Dec. 1 and matched that output against VMI on Feb. 23. Against Wake Forest on Nov. 27, Dotson grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds with 11 of those coming on the defensive glass. Dotson posted 22 double-figure scoring games and 14 double-figure rebounding games along with 12 double-doubles. He ranks among the top 50 nationally in field goal percentage (26th), double-doubles (t-29th), rebounds per game (34th) and offensive rebounds (37th).

Gibson was named to the All-Freshman Team after averaging 15.3 points per game during his initial collegiate campaign. In his third collegiate game at SMU on Nov. 14, the Cincinnati, Ohio native scored a game-high 34 points, becoming the first Catamount to eclipse the 30-point mark since Mike Brown scored 34 points against Wofford on March 5, 2016 in a Southern Conference tournament game. Gibson surpassed the 20-point mark on five occasions this season, including 28 points against ETSU on Jan. 26 and 23 points against the Bucs in Johnson City last Saturday.

Wofford senior Fletcher Magee was named Player of the Year in both polls. Chattanooga’s Kevin Easley claimed Freshman of the Year honors. Wofford head coach Mike Young was tabbed as the Coach of the Year.

Western Carolina earned the No. 9 seed in the 2019 Ingles Southern Conference Tournament presented by General Shale and will face No. 8 seed VMI in a first round game on Friday at 5 p.m. inside the US Cellular Center. The game will be broadcast on ESPN+ (paid subscription required) as well as on the Catamount Sports Network. Tickets are available through the WCU Athletics Ticket Office, located on the first floor of the Ramsey Center, online at catamountsports.com or by phone at 800-34-GOWCU.

 

Coaches All-Southern Conference Men’s Basketball Teams

 

Player of the Year

Fletcher Magee, Sr., G, Wofford

 

Freshman of the Year

Kevin Easley, G, Chattanooga

 

Defensive Player of the Year

Isaiah Miller, So., G, UNCG

 

Coach of the Year

Mike Young, Wofford

 

First team

Matt Rafferty, Furman

Francis Alonso, UNCG

Isaiah Miller, UNCG

Cameron Jackson, Wofford

Fletcher Magee, Wofford

 

Second team

Lew Stallworth, The Citadel

Jeromy Rodriguez, ETSU

Ross Cummings, Mercer

Josh Sharkey, Samford

Bubba Parham, VMI

 

Third team

Patrick Good, ETSU

Bo Hodges, ETSU

Jordan Lyons, Furman

Kevin Easley, Chattanooga

Carlos Dotson, Western Carolina

 

All-freshman team

Daivien Williamson, ETSU

Noah Gurley, Furman

Robert Allen, Samford

Kevin Easley, Chattanooga

Kameron Gibson, Western Carolina

 

 

 

SoCon Sports Media Association (SCSMA)

 

Malcolm U. Pitt Player of the Year

Fletcher Magee, Sr., G, Wofford

 

Freshman of the Year

Kevin Easley, G, Chattanooga

 

Anton Foy Coach of the Year

Mike Young, Wofford

 

First team

Jeromy Rodriguez, ETSU

Matt Rafferty, Furman

Francis Alonso, UNCG

Cameron Jackson, Wofford

Fletcher Magee, Wofford

 

Second team

Lew Stallworth, The Citadel

Ross Cummings, Mercer

Isaiah Miller, UNCG

Josh Sharkey, Samford

Bubba Parham, VMI

 

Third team

Zane Najdawi, The Citadel

Bo Hodges, ETSU

Jordan Lyons, Furman

James Dickey, UNCG

Carlos Dotson, Western Carolina

 

All-freshman team

Daivien Williamson, ETSU

Noah Gurley, Furman

Robert Allen, Samford

Kevin Easley, Chattanooga

Kameron Gibson, Western Carolina

 

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