The Southern Conference announced its postseason awards Tuesday and UNC-Greensboro guard Tevon Saddler, an Aberdeen resident and St. Frances Academy graduate, was named the league's Freshman of the Year. Saddler also was named to the All-Freshman team by both the coaches and the SoCon Sports Media Association.
Saddler becomes the first Spartan to win Freshman of the Year honors since Kyle Hines took home the award in 2005. He tied for the lead in scoring among all freshman, averaging 12.4 points per game while also grabbing 3.8 rebounds per game. He also was 11th overall in the league with 3.0 assists per game and his 1.3 steals per game led all league rookies. Saddler finished second in the league in free throws made (140) and attempted (210).
Saddler was named the SoCon CRONS Freshman of the Week a league-best five times this year. He scored in double figures on 20 different occasions, including three games of at least 20 points. He was consistent throughout the year, averaging 12.5 points per league game this season and 2.7 assists per game. He scored a career-high 34 points against East Carolina this year, the highest point total among all freshmen in the league. His 371 points scored this season ranks third all-time in UNCG history among freshmen.
Hill named to 2nd team
Bel Air graduate Donn Hill, a senior basketball player at St. Mary's College of Maryland, was named to the second team in the Capital Athletic Conference.
This is Hill's second appearance on the All-CAC Second Team after earning the same honor last season. The 6-3 guard was solid from the free throw line this season, coming in second in the conference in free throw percentage (83.8 percent). He was second on the team in scoring with a 14.1 average and ranked seventh in the CAC with a 52.0 field goal percentage.
Barnes, Barile honored at Wesley
Wesley College sophomore Brenton Barnes was named Most Improved Player on Defense for the Wolverines football team. Barnes, a Havre de Grace resident, earned a starting spot midway through the year and excelled, collecting 36 tackles and 5.5 TFLs on the year. Barnes was also credited with 1.5 sacks and a pair of pass breakups from the defensive tackle position.
Ben Barile, resident of Bel Air, was a recipient of the Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year award. Barile, a senior wide receiver, caught a pair of passes and had four special teams tackles.