Men’s Basketball Nets 2 on All-SoCon Team

The Chattanooga Mocs eagerly await Saturday’s quarterfinal matchup with ETSU in the Ingles Southern Conference Championships presented by General Shale Brick. In the mean, good news made its way to the Scenic City with word that Malachi Smith and David Jean-Baptiste earned All-SoCon honors for the first time in their careers.

Smith claimed first team honors via the coaches list and second on the media vote. Jean-Baptiste lived up to his preseason billing making the second team on both. It’s the first time since 1994 that both starting guards earned such accolades with Chad Copeland (1st team) and Gary Robb (2nd) capturing voter imaginations 27 years ago.

Smith averaged 16.9 points, 8.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists per contest. He’s on pace to be the first Moc to lead the team in all three categories in a single season. He was exceptional in SoCon play averaging 16.6 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game while shooting 47.5 percent overall and a league-leading 45.0 percent from 3pt range.

Jean-Baptiste combined with Smith for the most potent backcourt combo in the league. He added 16.5 points per game shooting 39.2 percent from 3pt range ranking among the leaders in accuracy and quantity making 2.76 per contest.

The yearly honorees were a match on both the coaches and media ballots. Isaiah Miller swept Player of the Year while ETSU’s Damari Monsanto was Freshman of the Year. Dan Earl from VMI was the Coach of the Year with the league mentors tabbing Miller as the top defensive performer.

The Mocs depart Chattanooga on Thursday to head to the SoCon Tournament in Asheville. They open with ETSU on Saturday at 2:30 p.m., on ESPN+ as well as over the airwaves here via WFLI 97.7 FM/1070 AM.



Coaches All-Southern Conference Men’s Basketball Teams
Player of the Year
Isaiah Miller, Sr., G, UNCG

Freshman of the Year
Damari Monsanto, G, ETSU

Defensive Player of the Year
Isaiah Miller, Sr., G, UNCG

Coach of the Year
Dan Earl, VMI

First team
Malachi Smith, R-So., Chattanooga
Isaiah Miller, Sr., UNCG
Hayden Brown, R-Jr., The Citadel
Ledarrius Brewer, R-Jr., ETSU
Storm Murphy, Sr., Wofford

Second team
David Jean-Baptiste, R-Sr., Chattanooga
Mike Bothwell, Jr., Furman
Noah Gurley, Jr., Furman
Ross Cummings, R-Sr., Mercer
Greg Parham, Sr., VMI

Third team
Kaiden Rice, Sr., The Citadel
Clay Mounce, Sr., Furman
Neftali Alvarez, R-So., Mercer
Jake Stephens, Jr., VMI
Mason Faulkner, R-Sr., Western Carolina

All-Freshman
Damari Monsanto, ETSU
A.J. Staton-McCray, Samford
Trey Bonham, VMI
Sam Godwin, Wofford
Morgan Safford, Wofford

SoCon Sports Media Association (SCSMA)
Malcolm U. Pitt Player of the Year
Isaiah Miller, Sr., G, UNCG

Freshman of the Year
Damari Monsanto, G, ETSU

Anton Foy Coach of the Year
Dan Earl, VMI

First team
Isaiah Miller, Sr., UNCG
Hayden Brown, R-Jr., The Citadel
Ledarrius Brewer, R-Jr., ETSU
Greg Parham, Sr., VMI
Storm Murphy, Sr., Wofford

Second team
David Jean-Baptiste, R-Sr., Chattanooga
Malachi Smith, So., Chattanooga
Kaiden Rice, Sr., The Citadel
Mike Bothwell, Jr., Furman
Noah Gurley, Jr., Furman
Jake Stephens, Jr., VMI

Third team
Ross Cummings, R-Sr., Mercer
Clay Mounce, Sr., Furman
Mason Faulkner, R-Sr., Western Carolina
Damari Monsanto, Fr., ETSU
Neftali Alvarez, R-So., Mercer

All-Freshman
Damari Monsanto, ETSU
A.J. Staton-McCray, SAM
Trey Bonham, VMI
Max Klesmit, Wofford
Morgan Safford, Wofford