Throughout the summer, AUM Athletics will look back at the top five moments of the 2012-13 winter and spring sports seasons, continuing this week with men's basketball. Check back in the next few weeks as we countdown the top five moments from the Spring 2013 sports.
No. 5: Five Warhawks Earn Postseason Awards from SSAC
Head Coach Larry Chapman will be the first to tell you that the noticeable improvement of the Auburn Montgomery basketball team this past season had a lot to do with an improvement of talent.
As a result of that focus, five Warhawks earned postseason accolades from the Southern States Athletic Conference, including four newcomers to the program.
"It was a priority for us to improve out talent, which I think was evident by our improved record," Chapman said. "I felt like we did a good job in recruiting to bring better players to AUM and was very proud of the way the chemistry came together so quickly. More importantly, the young men honored by the Southern States Athletic Conference were great ambassadors for AUM and the NAIA."
Junior Reshad Bickham highlighted the award winners by earning SSAC All-Conference honors. In addition to Bickham, sophomore Quay Davis earned All-West Division honors, while freshman Tristen Harrell garnered all-freshman team accolades. Junior Justin Eidmoe earned all-academic honors and fellow junior LaRel Jackson was selected the Warhawks' Musco Lighting Champions of Character recipient.
Bickham, a native of Jackson, Miss., paced the team in scoring and rebounding at marks of 13.2 points and 5.9 rebounds, respectively. He ranked fourth in the conference in blocks per game at 1.1 per contest and was seventh in offensive rebounds at 2.64 per game. He has posted three double-doubles on the year and scored in double figures in 19 of his 26 games played. He recorded three games with 20 or more points, including a season-high 25 against local foe Huntingdon College.
Davis ranked second on the team in scoring at 11.0 points per game and led the squad with 73 assists. He shot 37.0 percent from 3-point range, a mark which ranked ninth in the SSAC. He was also 12th in assists per game at 2.7 per contest. The Glenville, Ga., native also finished with a free-throw percentage of .738 and hit nearly 40 percent of his shots from the floor. He scored in double figures 15 times, including a season-high 26 points against Young Harris. Perhaps his biggest contribution came late in close games, as Davis hit three shots this season in the final 10 seconds of the contest to tie or give the Warhawks the lead.
Harrell, who started 20 games for AUM as a true freshman, averaged 4.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.1 steals per game. The Dalton, Ga., native scored in double figures three times, including a season-best 12 points against Coastal Georgia. In the Warhawks' upset victory of then-No. 8 William Carey, Harrell contributed a strong all-around effort, scoring five points, grabbing five rebounds and snagging a season-high five steals.
Jackson was named the Warhawks' Champions of Character recipient based on his character and work ethic both on and off the court. In 25 games this season, the Redbay, Fla., native averaged 4.5 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.2 steals per game. A starter in the last 13 games of the season, Jackson increased his production during the span to 5.7 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.7 assists, while averaging 31.7 minutes per contest. During the stretch, he helped the Warhawks to an 8-5 record, including a perfect 6-0 mark at home.
Eidmoe, a psychology major from Montgomery, earned all-academic honors for the first time in his career. To qualify, student-athlete must maintain a 3.25 cumulative GPA or better and have completed three terms at the institution.
Check back tomorrow as the number four moment from the 2012-13 season is revealed.
Men's Basketball Top Five Moments