SIAC announces 2021-22 Men’s Basketball Awards

Courtesy of the SIAC:

The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) has announced its annual men’s basketball awards to cap the 2021-2022 regular season. This year’s all-conference teams, which feature ten student-athletes, were voted on by the league’s head coaches and sports information directors.

The 2022 All Conference Team is headlined by Benedict’s senior forward, Tajh Green, who was voted 2021-2022 SIAC Player of the Year. 

Player of the Year
Tajh Green, Benedict

Green averaged 14.8 points and 7.9 rebounds per game this season. He also had a total of 38 blocks and 19 steals. Green shot 46 percent from the field and an efficient 72 percent from the free throw line. The 6’8 forward from Rome, Georgia, helped Benedict to a 21-6 overall record and 14-3 conference record this season, earning them second place in the East division.

Defensive Player of the Year
Jaquan Lawrence, LeMoyne-Owen

Jaquan Lawrence, LeMoyne-Owen’s senior forward, took home this year’s Defensive Player of the Year honor. Lawrence’s 53 blocks and 16 steals on the season, helped him lock down this year’s defensive award. Lawrence posted a season high 10 blocks against Tuskegee. He also averaged 11.9 points per game on 64 percent shooting from the field.

Newcomer of the Year
Chris Martin, Clark Atlanta

Clark Atlanta’s junior guard, Chris Martin, was voted this year’s men’s basketball Newcomer of the Year. The Charlotte native averaged 19.6 points per game, as well as 6.9 rebounds. Martin shot 43 percent from the field and 33 percent from the three-point line. He shot an impressive 80 percent from the free throw line as well.  

Freshman of the Year
K.J. Doucet, Fort Valley State

Fort Valley’s K.J. Doucet earned Freshman of the Year honors. The freshman forward from Austell, Georgia, averaged 14.4 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. Doucet shot 40 percent from the field and 77 percent from the free throw line this season.

Coach of the Year
Fred Watson, Miles

Miles’ head coach, Fred Watson, was voted SIAC Coach of the Year for the 2021-2022 men’s basketball season. This is Watson’s second Coach of the Year award in his three-year tenure at Miles. This season, Watson led Miles College to a 23-3 overall record, and a 17-1 conference record, good for a 23rd national ranking in Division II. Miles is on a 17-game win streak and is looking to carry that momentum into the tournament.

Benedict (Tajh Green and Timothy Bing) and Albany State (Jordan Simpson and Malik Parker) each had two honorees on this year’s team. Tuskegee (Devin Booker), Miles (Yasim Hooker), Clark Atlanta (Chris Martin), LeMoyne-Owen (Jaquan Lawrence), Morehouse (Noah Morgan), and Spring Hill (Kabamba Beril) each rounded out this year’s selections with one each.

First Team

Devin BookerTuskegeeJuniorGuardChicago,IL
Tajh GreenBenedictSeniorForwardRome, GA
Yasim HookerMilesJuniorGuardNewark, NJ
Timothy BingBenedictSeniorGuardSuitland, MD
Jordan SimpsonAlbany StateJuniorForwardPasadena, CA

Second Team

Jaquan LawrenceLeMoyne-OwenSeniorForwardChicago,IL
Chris MartinClark AtlantaJuniorGuardCharlotte, N.C
Noah MorganMorehouseSeniorGuardMount Vernon, NY
Malik ParkerAlbany StateJuniorGuardChicago,IL
Kabamba BerilSpring HillRS-FreshmanForwardClearwater,Fl

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