|Madgen Earns Top Regional Honor|
|Jaguar seniors Madgen, Brathwaite garner All-Region kudos|
|Web Posted 3/10/10|
Ga. - Augusta Stateís Ben Madgen was selected as the 2009-10 Daktronics Southeast Region Player of
the Year Wednesday afternoon.
With the selection, Madgen claimed the regionís top award for the second consecutive season. He was also named a first-team, All-Southeast Region selection for the second straight year. He was joined on the All-Region first team by ASU teammate and fellow senior Fred Braithwaite, along with Mars Hillís Danny Sanders, Mount Oliveís Kendrick Easley and Tusculumís Kyle Moore.
With the first-team selection, all five players are automatically eligible for Daktronics All-American honors. In addition to Madgen, Easley and Moore are first team All-Region selections for a second straight season.
A 6-4 senior guard from Williamstown, Australia, Madgen was a first-team, All-Peach Belt Conference selection for the fourth consecutive season in 2010 and earned PBC Player of the Year accolades on Friday, March 5. He became the conferenceís all-time leading scorer midway through the season and is the only menís player in conference history to score more than 2,000 career points. Madgen also became the second player ever to be named All-Conference four times and the third to be named both the PBC Freshman of the Year and the PBC Player of the Year during his career.
This season, Madgen led the conference in scoring at 18.4 ppg. He currently leads the Peach Belt Conference in both scoring and 3-point shooting percentage at 19 points a game and 46 percent from 3-point range. Madgen is also shooting 49 percent from the field and 86 percent from the free throw line.
Braithwaite, a 6-4 forward from Columbus, Ga., was a first team All-Peach Belt Conference selection, averaging 16 points and eight rebounds a game while shooting 57 percent from the field and 75 percent from 3-point range. He is currently ranked second in the PBC in rebounding and third in scoring.
Behind the play of Madgen and Brathwaite, ASU captured its third PBC regular-season championship in the last four years with a league record of 17-1. The Jags became the first program in conference history to reach the top of national rankings and enjoyed the winningest regular season in school history at 25-2.
Sanders was a first-team, All-South Atlantic Conference selection, averaging 23 ppg., to rank second in the SAC, Easley, a 6-1 senior guard from Norfolk, Va., earned Conference Carolinas Player of the Year honors for a second straight season, leading the league in scoring at 24 ppg. Moore, a 6-3 senior guard from Gainesville, Fla., was selected as the SAC Player of the Year for a second straight season, leading the league in scoring at 25 ppg. The voting, sponsored by Daktronics, Inc., was conducted by sports information directors from across the Southeast Region, which is comprised of the Peach Belt Conference, the South Atlantic Conference and Conference Carolinas.
2010 DAKTRONICS ALL-SOUTHEAST REGION TEAM First Team Player School Yr. Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown BEN MADGEN AUGUSTA STATE Sr. G 6-4 185 Williamstown, Australia Kendrick Easley Mount Olive Sr. G 6-1 180 Norfolk, Va. Danny Sanders Mars Hill Sr. G 6-3 190 Shelby, N.C. FRED BRATHWAITE AUGUSTA STATE Sr. G/F 6-4 227 Columbus, Ga. Kyle Moore Tusculum Sr. G 6-3 185 Gainesville, Fla. 2010 Southeast Region Player of the Year: BEN MADGEN, AUGUSTA STATE Second Team Player School Yr. Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown DíMario Curry Lincoln Memorial Jr. F 6-7 180 Detroit, Mich. D.J. Blackmon Lenoir-Rhyne Jr. F 6-6 190 Albemarle, N.C. Antonio Houston Catawba Sr. G 6-4 220 Charlotte, N.C. Jonathan Whitson Brevard Sr. C 6-7 240 Clyde, N.C. Chris Woods Pfeiffer Jr. F 6-5 215 Greensboro, N.C.