Curtis, Wiggins, Wilson net All-Big South accolades

ccuhoops-21Coastal Carolina University men’s basketball student-athlete Tristian Curtis was named the 2016 Big South Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year, as well as to the league’s All-Academic team. In addition, guards Shivaughn Wiggins and Elijah Wilson were named Honorable Mention All-Big South, the league announced Tuesday.

High Point’s John Brown was named the conference player and defensive player of the year, while Liberty head coach Ritchie McKay was named coach of the year. Campbell’s Chris Clemons was honored as the freshman of the year.

Curtis, a senior, carries a 3.47 GPA as an exercise and sport science major. Now a two-time Big South All-Academic team selection, Curtis is the first Chanticleer to earn the Big South’s top academic honor in the sport of men’s basketball since Jack Leasure was named Scholar-Athlete of the Year from 2006-08. In addition to his work in the classroom, the Bohemian has had his best season on the court averaging 6.4 points and 6.8 rebounds per outing. He is shooting an absurd 74.0 percent from the field and was perfect from the floor in 13 of 26 games played. He ended the regular season tied for ninth in the conference in overall rebounding (6.8) and seven in both offensive (2.41) and defensive (4.37) rebounds per game

Wiggins earned his first career all-conference honor as he averaged a career-high 13.1 points per game, ranking second on the team and 16th in the Big South. During the regular season, he ranked second in the conference in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.18) fourth in assists (3.69), seventh in steals (1.54) and fourth in minutes played per game (32:41). Wiggins, a junior, has scored in double-figures in 17 games this season, including a career-high 30 points against Gardner-Webb on Feb. 13.

Wilson, also a junior, led Coastal in scoring and ranked 12th in the conference with his 13.6 points per game average. Wilson reached double-figures in 19 games and scored a season-high 25 against both Auburn and Piedmont International. He ranks seventh in the Big South with an average of 2.3 3-pointer per game. Wilson, who has counted six 20-plus point games this season, knocked down a season-best six 3-pointers against Auburn back on Dec. 2. A 2014 Big South All-Freshman and Honorable Mention selection, Wilson enters the league tournament averaging a career-best 31:24 minutes per game.

Curtis, Wiggins, Wilson and the rest of the Chanticleers will return to action this Friday, March 4 at 8 p.m. when Coastal opens up play in the 2016 Big South Championships against the winner of the Gardner-Webb/Campbell match-up. All games will be played at Gore Arena / Pope Convocation Center on the campus of Campbell University.

2015-16 MEN’S BASKETBALL ALL-CONFERENCE
First-Team All-Conference
John Brown, F, R-Sr., High Point
Keon Johnson, G, Jr., Winthrop
DeSean Murray, F, Soph., Presbyterian College
Jimmy Gavin, G, Gr., Winthrop
Lotanna Nwogbo, F/C, R-Sr., Longwood

Second-Team All-Conference
Xavier Cooks, F, Soph., Winthrop
Rashun Davis, G, Sr., Radford
Adam Weary, G, Sr., High Point
Tyrell Nelson, F, Jr., Gardner-Webb
Chris Clemons, G, Fr., Campbell

Honorable Mention All-Conference
Shivaughn Wiggins, G, Jr., Coastal Carolina
John Dawson, G, R-Soph., Liberty
Cameron Jones, G, Sr., Radford
Elijah Wilson, G, Jr., Coastal Carolina
Dylan Smith, G, Fr., UNC Asheville

All-Freshman Team
Chris Clemons, G, Fr., Campbell
Dylan Smith, G, Fr., UNC Asheville
Dwayne Sutton, G, Fr., UNC Asheville
Armel Potter, G, Fr., Charleston Southern
Ed Polite Jr., F, Fr., Radford

All-Academic Team
Jacob Talbert, G, Jr., Campbell
Patrick Wallace, G, Jr., Charleston Southern
Tristian Curtis, F, Sr., Coastal Carolina
Tyrell Nelson, F, Jr., Gardner-Webb
Austin White, G, Soph., High Point
Ryan Kemrite, G, R-Soph., Liberty
Charlie Inclan, G, Jr., Presbyterian College
Justin Cousin, G, R-Soph., Radford
Kevin Vannatta, G, Soph., UNC Asheville

Player of the Year
John Brown, F, R-Sr., High Point
Freshman of the Year
Chris Clemons, G, Fr., Campbell
Defensive Player of the Year
John Brown, F, R-Sr., High Point
Coach of the Year
Ritchie McKay, Liberty
Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Tristian Curtis, F, Sr., Coastal Carolina

Photo by Joel Beachum

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