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SWAC announces 2007 men's conference basketball honors

March 6, 2007

The Southwestern Athletic Conference announced its 2007 All-Conference Honors for men’s basketball: Jackson State’s Trey Johnson and Alabama A&M’s Mickell Gladness claimed the top honors for the conference.

The 2007 SWAC Player of the Year, Johnson – a 6-foot-5, 218-pound, senior from Jackson, Mississippi – led the conference in scoring and was second in the nation averaging 27.1 points per game. He also finished the season averaging 4.5 rebounds, 2.52 assists, and 0.8 steals per game. He scored 49 points at Texas-El Paso including the game winner during the Sun Bowl Tournament. He also had 11 30-point outings on the season.

Named the 2007 SWAC Defensive Player of the Year, Gladness, a 6-foot-11, 205-pound, junior from Sylacauga, Alabama was one of the nation’s toughest defender in the paint. Leading the conference in blocked shots, his 188 rejections – an average of 6.3 blocks per game – led the nation. He also averaged 7.6 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 0.5 steals per game. Against Texas Southern in late February, he set the NCAA single-game high with 16 blocks. He then came back in the next game and turned back 13 shots. In fact, over a four-game stretch, he had 47 blocked shots.

The SWAC Freshman of the Year is Alabama A&M’s Trant Simpson. Simpson – a 6-foot, 165-pound freshman from Huntsville, AL – came on strong towards the end of the season. He finished the season averaging 13.0 points, 3.2 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 1.6 steals. He had 25 points, seven rebounds, and 10 assists against Prairie View A&M. He also had 21 points, five rebounds, nine assists and three steals at Texas Southern.

The SWAC Newcomer of the Year is Prairie View A&M’s Brain Ezeh. The 6-foot-5, 210-pound, junior from Houston Texas claimed the conference newcomer of the week twice. He averaged 10.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.1 steals per game. He had a 28-point, six-rebound, one-block, one-steal effort at Grambling State.

2007 SWAC All-Conference Team
Men’s Basketball

First-Team Honors

 

 

 

 

 

G

Trey Johnson

Jackson State

6-5

218

Sr.

Jackson, MS

G

Stanford Speech

Mississippi Valley State

6-2

190

Jr.

Jackson, MS

C

Mickell Gladness

Alabama A&M

6-11

190

Jr.

Sylacauga, AL

F

William Byrd

Arkansas-Pine Bluff

6-7

180

Jr.

Webb, MS

F

Anthony Williams

Grambling State

6-7

207

Sr.

East San Jose, CA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Second Team Honors

 

 

 

 

 

G

Delvin Thompson

Alcorn State

6-2

185

Sr.

Fayette, MS

G

Andre’Ratliff

Grambling State

5-10

175

Jr.

Pontiac, MI

C

Chris Moore

Texas Southern

6-8

210

Sr.

Lancaster, TX

F

Deforrest Riley-Smith

Southern

6-6

215

Sr.

Cincinnati, OH

F

Jacques Jones

Texas Southern

6-7

200

Jr.

Houston, TX

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Freshman of the Year

 

 

 

 

 

G

Trant Simpson

Alabama A&M

6-0

165

Fr.

Huntsville, AL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Newcomer of the Year

 

 

 

 

 

F

Brain Ezeh

Prairie View A&M

6-5

210

Jr.

Houston, TX

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Defensive Player of the Year

 

 

 

 

 

C

Mickell Gladness

Alabama A&M

6-11

190

Jr.

Sylacauga, AL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Player of the Year

 

 

 

 

 

G

Trey Johnson

Jackson State

6-5

218

Sr.

Jackson, MS

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