Big South Announces Men's Basketball Annual Awards

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (www.BigSouthSports.com) - Radford senior center Artsiom Parakhouski and Coastal Carolina head coach Cliff Ellis have been voted the 2009-10 Big South Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year and Coach of the Year, respectively, by the League's head coaches and media panel, it was announced Monday morning by the Conference office.  The panel voted Charleston Southern guard Jeremy Sexton Freshman of the Year and Winthrop redshirt-senior guard/forward Mantoris Robinson as the League's Defensive Player of the Year.  Radford senior forward Phillip Martin was voted Scholar-Athlete of the Year by the League's Sports Information Directors.

Parakhouski (Minsk, Belarus) repeats as Big South Player of the Year, becoming the fifth two-time honoree in League history.  He led the Big South during the regular-season in scoring average (21.6), rebounding average (13.2) and field goal percentage (58.3 percent), and is on his way to becoming just the second player in Conference annals to lead the League in all three categories in the same season.  He is second nationally in rebounds as well as in the Top 10 in field goal percentage, while leading the country with a stellar 24 double-doubles in 29 appearances.  Parakhouski recorded double-doubles in 16 of 18 Big South games and also had a League-high 17 games with 20 points and 10 rebounds.  A four-time Big South Player of the Week this season, the 6-11, 270-pound NBA prospect was just as consistent against League foes - 21.1 points, 13.3 rebounds and 56.9 percent from the floor.  During the 2009-10 campaign, he became the sixth-fastest player in Big South history to reach the 1,000-point plateau, and also vaulted into the League's rebounding elite, as he enters the 2010 Advance Auto Parts Big South Men's Basketball Championship 11th all-time with 752 career rebounds in just 62 career games.  Parakhouski holds the Big South career record for rebounds per game at 12.1, and has scored in double figures in a League-leading 31 consecutive contests.  He reached the 20-point plateau a Conference-best 19 times, including five 30-point efforts, and recorded at least 15 rebounds in nine games in 2009-10.  Parakhouski has grabbed 383 rebounds this season, breaking his own Big South single-season record of 369 set last year.  He received 23 first-place votes from the panel for 264 total points, ahead of Coastal Carolina's Joseph Harris (three first-place votes and 238 points).

Ellis guided the Chanticleers to their first regular-season championship since 1990-91 as well as becoming the first team in Big South history to improve from eighth-place the previous year to regular-season Conference champions the next.  Coastal Carolina finished 15-3 in Big South action, tying the League record for most Conference wins, and its 26 regular-season victories has set the League record.  Coastal Carolina was the fastest team in Big South history to win 15 games, as well as tied the Conference marks for best 20-game start (17-3) and fastest to 20 wins (24 games).  Ellis directed the Chanticleers to a +10 game improvement in League games from a year ago, as well as a +15 turnaround in overall wins.  Coastal Carolina moved into the Collegeinsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 poll during the 2009-10 campaign, reaching as high as No. 11 last week, and also received a vote in the Associated Press Top 25 poll and USA Today/ESPN Coaches Top 25 ranking during the season.  Coastal Carolina leads the Big South in scoring defense (59.0), field goal percentage (48.5), scoring margin (+15.5), field goal defense (37.7), three-point field goal percentage (37.2), three-point defense (27.7) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.22).  The Chanticleers also won 12 of their 15 Big South games by double-digits, including three contests by at least 30 points.  Now a six-time Coach of the Year honoree, Ellis has now been voted Coach of the Year in four difference Conferences (Sun Belt, ACC, SEC, Big South).  Ellis received 24 first-place votes and 76 total points from the panel, ahead of Winthrop's Randy Peele (21 points) and High Point's Scott Cherry (one first-place vote and 16 points).

Sexton (Chattanooga, Tenn.) is Charleston Southern's third-ever Freshman of the Year and second under head coach Barclay Radebaugh.  Sexton finished third on the team in scoring per game with 12.6, while improving in Conference play to 13.8.  He ranks 15th in the Big South in scoring and is seventh in three-point field goals per game with 2.28.  He is second in freshman scoring on the year and has made more three-pointers than any other frosh with 66.  Sexton has reached double figures in 14 of 18 Conference games and had a stretch of eight consecutive games in double figures - all coming in League action.  Sexton was a three-time Freshman of the Week honoree in 2009-10, he led Charleston Southern in scoring seven times and had a three-pointer in 27 of his 29 appearances this season - including 15-consecutive games.  He enters the 2010 Advance Auto Parts Men's Basketball Championship averaging 42.6 percent from the field, 38.6 percent from beyond the arc, and has dished out 2.3 assists per game along with 1.4 steals a contest.  Sexton finished with six first-place votes and 89 total points from the panel, ahead of VMI's Stan Okoye (seven first-place votes and 77 points).

Robinson (Charlotte, N.C.) is the Conference's first two-time Defensive Player of the Year recipient, as he won the award last year.  Robinson helped the Eagles lead the Big South with a 59.5 scoring defense average in Conference games, as well as rank second in League contests in field goal defense (39.0) and three-point defense (28.7).  He ranks fifth in the Big South this season in steals per game (1.9) and 13th in rebounds per game (6.2).  Robinson has drawn the opponent's best scorer as his primary defensive assignment in nearly every game with notable performances against Charlotte's Shamari Spears (eight points), Cincinnati's heralded Lance Stephenson (six points), Charleston Southern's Jamarco Warren (six points), VMI's Keith Gabriel (six points), and Coastal Carolina's Joseph Harris (10 points).  Earlier this season he eclipsed 100 career steals and currently totals 137 in his career, and along with 566 rebounds, is just the third player in Winthrop history to have more than 100 steals and 500 rebounds.  He has also blocked 22 shots this year and has 90 for his career to rank eighth in school history.  Robinson received 15 first-place votes and 25 total points, ahead of Charleston Southern's Kelvin Martin (six first-place votes and 16 points).

Martin (Roanoke, Va.) is a 3.936 student in a double major of Social Science and Philosophy/Religious Studies.  A three-time All-Academic Team member and a three-time member of the Big South Presidential Honor Roll, Martin has appeared in 22 games this season with 11 starts.  He has handed out at least three assists in a game on seven separate occasions.  Martin has made Radford's Dean's List every semester and was an ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District First-Team selection as a junior in 2008-09.

Joining Parakhouski on the All-Conference First-team are Coastal Carolina's Joseph Harris and Chad Gray, High Point's Nick Barbour, and Charleston Southern's Jamarco Warren.  The entire 2009-10 All-Conference team is as follows:

2009-10 MEN'S BASKETBALL ALL-CONFERENCE

First-Team All-Conference
Artsiom Parakhouski, C, Sr., Radford
Joseph Harris, F, R-Sr., Coastal Carolina
Nick Barbour, G, Soph., High Point
Chad Gray, F, R-Jr., Coastal Carolina
Jamarco Warren, G, Jr., Charleston Southern

Second-Team All-Conference
Joey Lynch-Flohr, F, Sr., Radford
Austin Kenon, G, Jr., VMI
Kyle Ohman, G/F, Sr., Liberty
Mantoris Robinson, G/F, R-Sr., Winthrop
John Williams, F, R-Jr., UNC Asheville

All-Freshman Team
Jeremy Sexton, G, Charleston Southern
Stan Okoye, F, VMI
Evan Gordon, G, Liberty
Kierre Greenwood, G, Coastal Carolina
Blake Smith, G, Radford

All-Academic Team
Logan Johnson, R-Sr., Coastal Carolina
Auryn MacMillan, Sr., Gardner-Webb
Dave Campbell, Jr., High Point
Jeremy Anderson, R-Soph., Liberty
Walt Allen, R-Jr., Presbyterian College
Phillip Martin, Sr., Radford
Adam Lonon, Sr., VMI

Player of the Year
Artsiom Parakhouski, C, Sr., Radford

Freshman of the Year
Jeremy Sexton, G, Charleston Southern

Defensive Player of the Year
Mantoris Robinson, G/F, R-Sr., Winthrop

Coach of the Year
Cliff Ellis, Coastal Carolina

Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Phillip Martin, Sr., Radford