HUNTINGDON’S PITTMAN NAMED GREAT SOUTH ATHLETIC CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Feb 26, 2009
Feb 26, 2009
LAGRANGE, Ga. ---- Huntingdon senior forward Jeremy Pittman was named the Great South Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Year and junior guard Reggie Sprouse earned All-Conference honors when the league office announced is 2008-09 postseason awards on Wednesday.
Pittman, who was an all-conference selection last season, led the GSAC in scoring with a mark of 19.8 points per game and in rebounding at a mark of 8.4 per contest. He also led the conference in 3-point field goal percentage, blocked shots, defensive rebounds and minutes played.
“This was a good season for me personally, but didn’t go the way I wanted from a win-loss standpoint,” Pittman said. “I wasn’t even sure if I was going to get to play this season, so I had a lot of fun and am honored to have been voted Player of the Year by the coaches in the league.”
During the 2008-09 season, Pittman has scored 474 points, while scoring in double figures in 22 of his first 24 games. He has posted six double-doubles, including a 29-point, 14-rebound performance against Piedmont, both of which set or matched season highs.
For his career, he has scored 907 points, good for 18th in school history, in just two seasons. He has also pulled down 420 rebounds, dished out more than 100 assists and blocked nearly 50 shots.
Sprouse ranks second on the squad in scoring at a mark of 12.7 points per game, while increasing his offensive production to 15.8 points per game during league play. The Montgomery native is also averaging 4.1 rebounds, 2.1 steals and 1.8 assists per game. A starter in all 24 games this season, Sprouse scored 20 or more points on five occasions, including a season-high 24 points in consecutive games at LaGrange and against Piedmont.
The GSAC also announced its All-Academic team and juniors Heath Miller and Chris Roberts were each recognized from Huntingdon. In order to be considered for the all-academic team, a player must be classified as a sophomore or higher and maintain a grade point average of 3.25 or better.
Also earning individual honors were Piedmont’s Justin Rush as league Freshman of the Year and Maryville’s Randy Lambert as Coach of the Year.
Rush led all freshman in the GSAC in scoring, averaging 11.5 points per game. He was eighth in the conference in field goal percentage and 10th in 3-point field goals made.
Lambert led Maryville to its eighth straight GSAC regular season title. The Fighting Scots were a perfect 6-0 in league play and finished the regular season 19-6.
Huntingdon will return to action on Friday, February 27, when it takes on LaGrange in the semifinals of the GSAC Tournament. Tipoff against the Panthers is scheduled for 3 p.m. EST in Maryville, Tenn.