More Men's Basketball Honors Announced
Regional and national honors continue to roll in for the Big South's men's basketball programs. Big South Player of the Year Artsiom Parakhouski (Radford) was recently named an Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American. In addition, Parakhouski was Collegeinsider.com's Big South Player of the Year and a First-Team honoree on the Richmond Times-Dispatch All-State of Virginia team.
Radford head coach Brad Greenberg, already a finalist for the Hugh Durham Coach of the Year award, was named one of four finalists for the Clair Bee Coach of the Year Award. This award honors a Division I men's basketball coach who through his actions on and off the court, makes an outstanding contribution to the sport of college basketball. The criteria for this award involves actions that inspire, motivate, coach and educate their teams to achieve their fullest potential and demonstrate outstanding character. Greenberg was also honored recently as the Richmond Times-Dispatch State of Virginia Coach of the Year, and was named Collegeinsider.com's Big South Co-Coach of the Year.
Meanwhile, just days after being named a finalist for the Clair B. Award, Greenberg was presented the 2009 Red Auerbach Award at the American Jewish Coaches Association Annual Breakfast and Meeting Saturday morning, April 4. The award is presented annually at the Final Four to the most outstanding Jewish American Basketball Coach of the Year. This year’s finalists as selected by the Jewish Coaches Association were Brad Greenberg (Radford), his brother Seth Greenberg (Virginia Tech) and Bruce Pearl (Tennessee).
VMI head coach Duggar Baucom, who is also a finalist for the Hugh Durham Coach of the Year Award, was named the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Coach of the Year for District 3. Baucom's former stars Chavis Holmes and Travis Holmes were also named to the Richmond Times-Dispatch All-State Team as well. Chavis was a First-Team pick while Travis was named to the Second-Team.
Liberty's Anthony Smith was honored as Colleginsider.com Mid-Major Honorable Mention All-American, while former teammate Seth Curry was named to the outlet's All-American team. Curry was also honored by Basketball Times, as the publication named him to its All-Freshman Team as a First-Team selection, in addition to a Second-Team selection on the Times-Dispatch All-State squad. Collegeinsider.com also tabbed Curry as its Big South Most Valuable Player.