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March 5, 2013

Peach Belt Announces Men’s Basketball All-Conference Team

AUGUSTA, GA – The Peach Belt Conference has announced the 2012-13 men’s basketball All-Conference team from the league office in Augusta, Ga.  USC Aiken’s Re’Mon Nelson was named the PBC Player of the Year while UNC Pembroke’s Quamain Rose was tabbed the Freshman of the Year.  Clayton State’s Juron Dobbs was voted the Defensive Player of the Year.  There was also a tie for the Coach of the Year with USC Aiken’s Vince Alexander and UNC Pembroke’s Ben Miller both earning the honor.

Re’Mon Nelson led the Pacers to their second-straight PBC regular-season championship this season.  A senior from Columbus, Ohio, he is ranked fifth nationally and third in the Peach Belt with 6.5 assists per game.  He is currently second on the PBC’s all-time career assists chart with 484, just 10 shy of the league’s top mark.  A four-year player at the school, he is one of only 10 USCA players in the NCAA era to score more than 1,000 career points.  This season, he averaged 13.1 points, 3.5 rebounds and 6.5 assists per game. He is third in the PBC in three-point field-goal percentage and eighth in free throw percentage.  Named PBC All-Conference for the second straight season, Nelson becomes the second Pacer to ever be named the PBC Player of the Year, joining Chris Commons who won the honor in both 2007-08 and 08-09.

Quamain Rose made an immediate impact on UNC Pembroke, starting in all 29 games in his first season of collegiate play.  A true freshman from Whiteville, N.C., Rose averaged 12.2 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.9 steals per game his first year, shooting nearly 42 percent from the field.  He leads the Peach Belt in steals with 67 and is also ranked sixth in assists.  He scored in double figures in 24 of the 29 games this year with a season-best 26 against Mt. Olive.  He had a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds at Francis Marion on Feb. 27.  Rose joins teammate Shahmel Brackett in earning the PBC Freshman of the Year honor and becomes the third Brave overall to claim the award.

Juron Dobbs is a Clayton State team captain and four-year letterwinner and anchor of a defense that is second in the Peach Belt in field goal percentage defense.  A senior from Conyers, Ga., Dobbs started in all 26 contests for the Lakers this season, defending the opponents’ best player no matter what position.  The second-leading rebounder on the team, Dobbs had six double-digit rebounding games including a 15-board effort against Young Harris.  The Clayton State defense is ranked among the PBC’s top five in scoring defense, field goal percentage defense and blocks.  Dobbs becomes the first Laker to be named the PBC Defensive Player of the Year.

In his fifth season at the helm of UNC Pembroke, Ben Miller has seen his teams’ win total increase every season culminating in this year’s 21-8 overall record, 14-5 in league play. The  21 wins for the team is the most in 22 years and UNCP has their highest seeding for a PBC Tournament ever.  UNC Pembroke is ranked in the PBC’s top five in scoring, rebounding, blocks, steals, assists, field goal percentage and lead the conference in rebounding margin.  Miller becomes the first UNC Pembroke coach to claim the Coach of the Year honor since John Haskins in 2001-02.

Vince Alexander led the USC Aiken Pacers to their second consecutive PBC regular-season championship in 2012-13.  Now in his eighth year leading the program, Alexander has his team poised to contend for third second PBC Tournament title in the last four years as the #1 seed in the east division.  The Pacers stand at 19-7 overall and are one win away from having their fifth 20+ season in the last six years.  This year’s Pacers are third in the league in scoring offense and second in assists and blocks.  USC Aiken is also second in the most recent NCAA Southeast Region poll and could return to the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time in six years.  The Coach of the Year award is the third for Alexander at USC Aiken.

The complete men’s basketball All-Conference team is listed below as selected by the league’s head coaches.  Sixteen players were named to the team thanks to a tie for the final spot on the third team.  Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own players.

Peach Belt Conference Men’s Basketball
2012-13 All-Conference Team

First Team
George Blakeney, UNC Pembroke
Troran Brown, Montevallo
Drico Hightower, Montevallo
Aric Miller, Armstrong
Re’Mon Nelson, USC Aiken

Second Team
Shahmel Brackett, UNC Pembroke
Ante Gospic, Flagler
Ishmael Hollis, North Georgia
Malcolm Jackson, Young Harris
Paul Larsen, USC Aiken

Third Team
Frank Adams, Young Harris
Scott Ferguson, Georgia College
Evrik Gary, Francis Marion
Vince Martin, Young Harris
Ryan Weems, Augusta State
Ronald Zimmerman, USC Aiken

Player of the Year
Re’Mon Nelson, USC Aiken

Freshman of the Year
Quamain Rose, UNC Pembroke

Defensive Player of the Year
Juron Dobbs, Clayton State

Coaches of the Year
Ben Miller, UNC Pembroke
Vince Alexander, USC Aiken

Peach Belt Conference Men’s Basketball

2012-13 All-Conference Team

 

First Team

George Blakeney, UNC Pembroke

Troran Brown, Montevallo

Drico Hightower, Montevallo

Aric Miller, Armstrong

Re’Mon Nelson, USC Aiken

 

Second Team

Shahmel Brackett, UNC Pembroke

Ante Gospic, Flagler

Ishmael Hollis, North Georgia

Malcolm Jackson, Young Harris

Paul Larsen, USC Aiken

 

Third Team

Frank Adams, Young Harris

Scott Ferguson, Georgia College

Evrik Gary, Francis Marion

Vince Martin, Young Harris

Ryan Weems, Augusta State

Ronald Zimmerman, USC Aiken

 

Player of the Year

Re’Mon Nelson, USC Aiken

 

Freshman of the Year

Quamain Rose, UNC Pembroke

 

Defensive Player of the Year

Juron Dobbs, Clayton State

 

Coaches of the Year

Ben Miller, UNC Pembroke

Vince Alexander, USC Aiken