AUGUSTA, GA -- The Peach Belt Conference announced its men's basketball preseason All-Conference team on Friday, as selected by the league's head coaches.
Georgia Southwestern's Chris Rawls was named to the team as were Augusta State's Ben Madgen and Fred Brathwaite, GCSU's Graham Martin and Freddy Little of the University of Montevallo.
Rawls returns for his senior season after helping the Hurricanes reach their first PBC Tournament last year. A forward from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Rawls averaged 13.8 points and 7.5 rebounds per game and led the team in rebounding 19 times and scoring in nine games. He shot 57.7% from the floor (116-201) and 78.6% from the line (125-159) while playing a team-high 33.3 minutes per game.
In turn, Rawls ranked near the top of the PBC in several statistical categories, including: minutes played (1st), defensive rebounds (3rd), overall rebounds per game (4th), field goal percentage (4th), free throw percentage (6th) and scoring (10th).
Ben Madgen returns for his senior season having been already named a preseason All-American by the Sporting News and the Division II Bulletin. A 6-4, 185-pound guard from Williamstown, Australia, Madgen ranks as the fourth-leading scorer in ASU history and fifth-leading scorer in Peach Belt Conference history with 1,670 points. He was named an All-American at the conclusion of his junior season by both Basketball Times and Daktronics. The league scoring champion at 19.1 ppg., Madgen also led the PBC in three-point percentage (.462) and was second in free throw percentage (.869).
Madgen's teammate Fred Brathwaite also returns for his senior season at forward for the Jaguars. A Peach Belt Conference third-team all-conference selection as a junior, he ranked third on the team and 13th in the Peach Belt Conference in scoring at 13.4 ppg and was second on the squad and 14th in the league in rebounding (6.0 rpg.). In conference play, he averaged 13.7 ppg., shot 51.0 percent from the field and 77.3 percent from the free-throw line.
Graham Martin was second on the team with 11.8 points per game for the Bobcats. The senior guard from Marietta, Ga., started in 26 games for the nationally-ranked team while playing in all 29. He scored 20 or more points three times and led the team in scoring six times. He was also fifth in three-pointers made and averaged 3.4 rebounds per game.
Freddy Little brings impressive credentials to the Peach Belt Conference as Montevallo begins their first year in the league after moving from the Gulf South Conference. A senior guard, Little was named First Team All-GSC a season ago. He was the Falcons leading scorer last season averaging 15.7 ppg. He led the conference in made three pointers with 75 averaging 2.5 threes per game. He was fourth in the GSC in scoring and ninth in free throw percentage. He had nine games with 20 or more points and had a season-high 40 points at home against the University of West Georgia.
The Hurricanes open the 2009-10 season at home on November 16 against West Alabama at 7:30 p.m.
2009 Peach Belt Conference
Men's Basketball Preseason All-Conference Team
Fred Brathwaite, Augusta State
Freddy Little, Montevallo
Ben Madgen, Augusta State
Graham Martin, GCSU
Chris Rawls, Georgia Southwestern