The Sun Belt Conference tournament starts on Friday, which means it’s that time of year. All-conference ballots in the Sun Belt were due today. The team will come out late this week.
The league’s coaches and a few media types vote every year.
The ballot is a super secret, but it does raise a question. Who are the UNT players who are deserving of a spot?
At the beginning of the year, the assumption was that Tony Mitchell would take top honors. He was the Preseason Player of the Year.
Mitchell’s chances of being the Player of the Year are pretty much nil after the Mean Green struggled all season, but there is a good chance he will be on the team somewhere. He did average 13.2 points and 8.3 rebounds a game. He also blocked 80 shots.
Jordan Williams (13.9 points a game) and Roger Franklin (11.6 points a game) both have a chance to make the team.
My guess is either Augustine Rubit of South Alabama or Greg Gantt of Florida Atlantic wins Player of the Year honors. Both put up great numbers. Middle Tennessee was the best team, but didn’t have a dominant player. Marcos Knight averaged 12.6 points a game, which made him the best player on a really deep team.
As far as the women’s team goes, Loryn Goodwin and Alexis Hyder had terrific seasons and will likely battle it out for Freshman of the Year honors. Goodwin averaged 13.5 points a game, while Hyder averaged 13.6. I would be surprised if both of them don’t make the team.
MTSU pretty much dominated thee league again and will likely get the trio of Ebony Rowe, Icelyn Elie and Kortni Jones on the team. What will be interesting to see is if Florida International guard Jerica Coley wins Player of the Year honors after putting up monster numbers (26.0 points a game) or if one of MTSU’s trio takes top honors.