SMYLIE, JEWELL WIN TOP HONORS SWAC RELEASES ALL-SWAC BASKETBALL TEAM
March 13, 2000
BILOXI, Miss. -- Adarrial Smylie and Nekesha Jewell, two players who were dominant forces in the Southwestern Athletic Conference, have been named league basketball players of the year for 1999-2000.
Smylie, a 6-7 senior at Southern University, also reaped first team All-SWAC honors at the center position. He concluded the regular-season atop the SWAC scoring leader board with an average of 18.7 points a game. In addition, he ranked ninth in the SWAC in rebounding (6.9 pg), fourth in blocked shots (1.52 pg), 10th in field goal percentage (.492) and 10th in free throw percentage (.744). This is Smylie's second straight season capturing SWAC player of the year honors.
Jewell, a 6-2 senior at Grambling State University, ranked among the conference women's leaders in three statisticial categories. In scoring, her 17.2 average ranked third while she ranked second in blocked shots (1.52 pg) and fourth in field goal percentage (.479).
Joining Smylie on the men's All-SWAC team are forwards Marcus Fleming of Alcorn State and Terrance Vanlier of Alabama A&M and guards Patrick Dyse of Texas Southern and Gregory Burks of Prairie View A&M.
Fleming, a 6-8 junior from Fayette, Miss., posted averages 15.8 points during the regular- season as well as 7.3 rebounds and a .543 field goal percentage. His averages ranked seventh in the SWAC in scoring, eighth in rebounding and third in field goal percentage.
Vanlier, a 6-5 senior from Nashville, Tenn., ranked among the league leaders in scoring (5th at 17.8 ppg) and free throw percentage (7th at .770).
Dyse, a 6-3 senior from Flowood, Miss., was the second-ranked scorer in the SWAC during the regular-season with an 18.6 average. He also ranked second in steals (2.44 pg), fifth in three- point field goal percentage (.370) and second in free throw percentage (.816).
Burks, a 5-8 sophomore from Flint, Mich., concluded the regular-season by ranking fourth in scoring with an 18.0 average, second in assists with a 4.35 average and third in free throw percentage with a .804 mark.
The men's second team consists of forwards Patrick Chambers of Arkansas-Pine Bluff (6-7, Sr.) and Tyrone Levett of Alabama State (6-5, 215, So., Notasulga, Ala.), center Vincent Jones (6-11, 205, Sr., Greenwood, Miss.) of Jackson State, and guards Courtney Henderson (6-2, 175, Jr., Waterloo, Ia.) of Southern and DeWayne Jefferson of Mississippi Valley State (6-3, Jr., West Point, Miss.).
Making the 1999-2000 SWAC all-rookie team are Chris Miller of Texas Southern (6-3, 220, Fr., Silsbee), Dwaynius Harris of Alabama A&M (5-10, 165, Fr., Huntsville, Ala.), Corey Mangum of Alcorn State (6-2, 180, Jr., Jackson, Miss.), Ricky Bennett of Texas Southern (6-2, 180, Fr., Picayune, Miss.) and Steven Redd of Mississippi Valley State (6-0, Fr., Brandon, Miss.).
TSU's Miller, who ranked fourth in the SWAC in rebounding with a 7.6 average, is this year's SWAC freshman of the year. The newcomer of the year is SU's Henderson, who led the SWAC in field goal percentage (.606) while ranking fourth in free throw percentage (.797). The defensive player of the year is JSU's Jones.
Davey Whitney, the league's veteran coach, captured SWAC coach of the years honors for a second straight year.
Joining Jewell on the women's All-SWAC first team are forwards Cherea Wood of Alcorn State and Katrina Dotson of Southern as well as guards Shrieka Evans of Grambling State and Nichole Miller of Alabama State.
Wood, a 5-11 junior from Denver, Colo., averaged 18.3 points a game (2nd in the SWAC), 8.7 rebounds (2nd in the SWAC) and 2.52 steals (7th in the SWAC). Her .757 free throw percentage during the regular-season was best in the conference while her .509 field goal percentage was third- best.
Dotson, a 6-0 junior from Natchez, Miss., was the regular-season's No.5-ranked scorer in the SWAC with 14.6 points a game.
Evans, a 5-10 freshman from Lisbon, La., led the conference in steals with her 3.30 per game average. She also ranked third in three-point field goal percentage (.359) and seventh in assists (3.33 pg).
Miller, a 5-8 sophomore from Detroit, Mich., was the league's eighth-best scorer with 13.9 points a game during the regular-season. She also ranked third in free throw percentage, connecting on .724 percent of her shots from the charity stripe.
The women's All-SWAC second team consists of forwards Tremesha Colbert of Southern (5-10, Fr., Monticello, Ark.) and Lakinya Currie of Grambling State (5-10, Jr., Dubach, La.), center Elonna Britton of Texas Southern (6-3, Jr., Sacramento, Calif.) and guards Cherbritta Scott of Arkansas-Pine Bluff (5-6, Jr., Dallas, Tex.) and Latasha Thompson of Texas Southern (5-1, Jr., St. Louis, La.).
The 1999-2000 all-rookie team consists of Evans of Grambling State, Shameka Jackson of Alabama State (5-10, Jr., F, Saginaw, Mich.), Tremesha Colbert of Southern (5-10, Fr., F, Monticello, Ark.), Genina Johnson of Jackson State (5-11, Fr., F, Jackson, Miss.) and Tanisha Lee of Prairie View A&M (6-2, Fr., C, Flint, Mich.).
In addition to her first-team All-SWAC and all-rookie team honors, Evans also is this year's SWAC freshman of the year.
Southern's Dotson is the newcomer of the year while Jewell is the defensive player of the year.
David "Rusty" Ponton is the 1999-2000 SWAC women's coach of the year, an honor which he's won four years in a row.
SOUTHWESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE 1999-2000 BASKETBALL ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM M E N
F - Marcus Fleming, Alcorn State (6-8, 215, Jr., Fayette, Miss.)
F - Terrance Vanlier, Alabama AM (6-5, 205, Sr., Nashville, Tenn.)