Kevin Easley Becomes First Mocs Player to Win SoCon Freshman of the Year Honors

(gomocs.com) SPARTANBURG—Chattanooga Mocs forward Kevin Easley is a headliner in this year’s Southern Conference honors. Easley is the first Chattanooga men’s basketball student-athlete to earn the league’s Freshman of the Year Award.

The Indianapolis native is just the 10th Moc named to the All-Freshman squad. He’s the first since Gee McGhee in 2013. Prior to McGhee, Alphonso Pugh was the most recent in 2003. It was a consensus selection between the league’s coaches and media.

“Kevin has been a consistent scorer and rebounder for us,” Coach Lamont Paris shared. “He was able to perform at a high level for us as a freshman. It’s attributed not only to his hard work, but the trust built with his teammates and their ability and willingness to pass the ball to him in a good position.

“It’s a culmination of his hard work combined with good teammates who are willing and looking for him in the right situations.”

Easley is joined on the All-Freshman squad (Coaches & Media) by Daivien Williamson (ETSU), Noah Gurley (Furman), Robert Allen (Samford) and Kameron Gibson (Western Carolina). He also snagged third team All-SoCon per the coaches. That’s also a first for a Chattanooga freshman.

“It’s something Kev can be proud of but also use as a springboard in summer workouts and into next season working in a manner to achieve even more,” Paris concluded.

Wofford’s Mike Young (Coach of the Year) and Fletcher Magee (Player of the Year) joined Easley in weeping major honors between the coach and media selections. Isaiah Miller (UNCG) was tabbed Defensive Player of the Year by the coaches.

Magee, Cameron Jackson (Wofford), Matt Rafferty (Furman) and Francis Alonso (UNCG) were consenus first team performers between the two sets of picks. The coaches also liked Miller for the first team, while the media leaned toward Jeromy Rodriguez (ETSU). Complete teams are below.

The Ingles Southern Conference Championship presented by General Shale begins Friday at the U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville, N.C., with first round matchups between No. 8 VMI/No. 9 Western Carolina and No. 7 Samford/No. 10 The Citadel. Chattanooga is the five seed facing ETSU in Saturday’s quarterfinal round at 2:30 p.m. The contest airs on ESPN+.

Click the links above to see the bracket and access the postseason guide.

ALL-SOUTHERN CONFERENCE BASKETBALL SQUADS
Coaches Selections
First Team: Matt Rafferty (Furman), Francis Alonso (UNCG), Isaiah Miller (UNCG), Cameron Jackson (Wofford), Fletcher Magee (Wofford)

Second Team: Lew Stallworth (Citadel), Jeromy Rodriguez (ETSU), Ross Cummings (Mercer), Josh Sharkey (Samford), Bubba Parham (VMI)

Third TeamKevin Easley (Chattanooga), Patrick Good (ETSU), Bo Hodges (ETSU), Jordan Lyons (Furman), Carlos Dotson (Western Carolina)

All-Freshman TeamKevin Easley (Chattanooga), Daivien Williamson (ETSU), Noah Gurley (Furman), Robert Allen (Samford), Kameron Gibson (Western Carolina)

Freshman of the Year: Kevin Easley, Chattanooga
Player of the Year: Fletcher Magee, Wofford
Defensive Player of the Year: Isaiah Miller, UNCG
Coach of the Year: Mike Young, Wofford

Media Selections
First Team: Fletcher Magee (Wofford), Cameron Jackson (Wofford), Matt Rafferty (Furman), Francis Alonso (UNCG), Jeromy Rodriguez (ETSU)

Second Team: Lew Stallworth (Citadel), Ross Cummings (Mercer), Isaiah Miller (UNCG), Josh Sharkey (Samford), Bubba Parham (VMI)

Third Team: Zane Najdawi (Citadel), Bo Hodges (ETSU), Jordan Lyons (Furman), James Dickey (UNCG), Carlos Dotson (Western Carolina)

All-Freshman TeamKevin Easley (Chattanooga), Daivien Williamson (ETSU), Noah Gurley (Furman), Robert Allen (Samford), Kameron Gibson (Western Carolina)

Freshman of the YearKevin Easley, Chattanooga
Malcolm U. Pitt Player of the Year: Fletcher Magee, Wofford
Anton Foy Coach of the Year: Mike Young, Wofford

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