Southwest Saluqis basketball 2018-19 season roundup and awards

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Henderson, Jr. Named All-TCCAA and Freshman of the Year

Cedric Henderson, Jr., who led the Southwest men’s basketball team in scoring (17.9), assists (3.6) and steals (1.9) per game this season, was named Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) Freshman of the Year and First Team All-TCCAA. Henderson was also among Saluqis’ leaders with a 74.4 free throw percentage, 50.6 field goal percentage and 37.3 three-point percentage, scored in double figures in all 25 games this season, and had a high game of 26 points against Missouri State-West Plains. He was the only Saluqi voted to either first or second team.

All-TCCAA First Team

Jeremiah Alexander, Columbia State; DeMierre Black, Roane State; Leo Castillo, Motlow State; Josh Endicott, Motlow State; Donald Green, Chattanooga State; Kajuan Hale, Walters State; Darius Harding, Motlow State; Cedric Henderson, Jr., Southwest Tennessee; Miles Thomas, Walters State; Delaino Walker, Cleveland State

All-TCCAA Second Team

Antwan Beans, Dyersburg State; Demontay Dixon, Walters State; Tim Goodrich, Volunteer State; Famous Jones, Jackson State; Aaron King, Dyersburg State; Lorenzo McGhee, Columbia State; Myron McKinney, Dyersburg State; AJ Morris, Chattanooga State; Devin Pitts, Dyersburg State; Khiry Shelton, Walters State

  • TCCAA Most Valuable Player – Miles Thomas, Walters State
  • TCCAA Freshman of the Year – Cedric Henderson Jr., Southwest Tennessee
  • TCCAA Offensive Player of the Year – Miles Thomas, Walters State
  • TCCAA Defensive Player of the Year – Josh Endicott, Motlow State
  • TCCAA Coach of the Year – Charles Taylor, Dyersburg State

Bennett and Bland Named First Team All-TCCAA, Bland Voted Freshman of the Year

Sophomore forward Takya Bennett and freshman guard Tia Bland were named first team All-TCCAA and Bland was also voted the conference’s Freshman of the Year. Bennett led the Lady Saluqis in scoring (18.0), rebounding (8.8), field goal percentage (49.1) and free throw percentage (69.4) while Bland added 13.7 points and 2.8 assists per game. Bennett scored at least 20 points nine times and 30 points three times including a career-high 35 against Wallace State in the Lady Saluqi Classic. Bland scored in double-figures 17 times and had a high of 20 points against both Roane State and Motlow State.

In addition, sophomore forward Tamia Curry and sophomore guard Candace Gaines were selected second team All-TCCAA. Curry led the Lady Saluqis with 2.3 blocked shots per game and was among team leaders with averages of 13.1 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. Gaines averaged 6.2 points and was second on the team with 3.2 assists per game.

All-TCCAA First Team

Takya Bennett, Southwest Tennessee; Tia Bland, Southwest Tennessee; Zacharyia Esmon, Walters State; Dulcy Fankam Mendjiadeu, Walters State; Brinay Gore, Cleveland State; Riley Guillemet, Roane State; Janna Lewis, Motlow State; Kira Lowery, Dyersburg State; Aliyah Miller, Volunteer State; Shanice Nelson, Chattanooga State.

All-TCCAA Second Team

Amber Appiah-Kubi, Roane State; Starasia Bell-Freeman, Motlow State; Tamia Curry, Southwest Tennessee; Candace Gaines, Southwest Tennessee; Johnna Jones, Jackson State; Jalayah Manning, Walters State; Tanisia Murphy, Motlow State; Semajia Ogburn, Jackson State; Hannah Phillips, Cleveland State; Xavia Williams, Volunteer State.

  • TCCAA Co-Most Valuable Player – Dulcy Fankam Mendjiadeu, Walters State and Janna Lewis, Motlow State
  • TCCAA Freshman of the Year - Tia Bland, Southwest Tennessee
  • TCCAA Offensive Player of the Year – Janna Lewis, Motlow State
  • TCCAA Defensive Player of the Year – Brianna Dixon, Walters State
  • TCCAA Coach of the Year – Dave Kragel, Walters State