Matt Dickey Named Big South Player of the Year

February 26, 2012
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Courtesy: UNC Asheville

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - UNC Asheville senior guard Matt Dickey has been named Big South Player of the Year on Sunday by the league coaches and members of a media panel throughout the league.

In addition, senior guard J.P. Primm earned a spot on the Big South's All-Conference second team.

Dickey helped lead the Bulldogs to a Big South Conference regular-season title with a school-record 16-2 BSC mark. The 16 victories tied a league record for most wins.

He finished the regular-season as UNC Asheville's leading scorer with a 16.9 average. He scored in double figures in 27 of the Bulldogs 30 games this season. He was second on the club in assists (109), steals (44), and three-pointers made (55). Dickey led Asheville in free throws (166) and free throw percentage (.862).  His 16.9 scoring average was fifth in the league with his free throw percentage second best in the conference. He was eighth in the league in both assists (3.63) and steals (1.47).  In Conference games, Dickey averaged 17.1 points to rank fifth, and was second in free throw percentage at 86.9 percent.  During the season he recorded his first career double-double in a key road win at Campbell on Jan. 12 with 19 points and 10 rebounds, and tied a school record with seven steals in a home win against the Camels on Jan. 28, in addition to a season-high 31 points

Matt becomes the first Bulldog to be named Big South Player of the Year in 13 years. Kevin Martin Pittman was the last Asheville player to be honored back in 1999.  Dickey was the Big South Conference Preseason Player of the Year back in the fall.

"I'm really happy for Matt Dickey to receive this honor," commented Asheville coach Eddie Biedenbach. "He is very deserving of this award. There are a lot of great players in the Big South Conference and this really speaks highly of the year Matt has had to be named Player of the Year. Matt is a hard worker and has been a wonderful leader for our team."

In addition, Dickey was named to the Big South All-Academic team for the third consecutive year.

Primm is Asheville's second leading scorer with a 14.9 average. He leads the team in assists (123), steals (56) and three-pointers made (65). The senior was fourth in the Big South in assists (4.10) and steals (1.87). He's third in the league in free throw percentage at .828. In Big South Conference games, Primm averaged 16.4 points per game. He was named Big South Player of the Week and Mid-Major Player of the Week on Jan. 30 when he scored 30 points vs. High Point (1-26) and 23 points vs. Campbell (1-28).

Below is the rest of the All-Conference selections


First-Team All-Conference
Matt Dickey, G, Sr., UNC Asheville
Nick Barbour, G, Sr., High Point
Jesse Sanders, G, Sr., Liberty
Kelvin Martin, F, Sr., Charleston Southern
Eric Griffin, F, Sr., Campbell (tie)
Al'Lonzo Coleman, F, R-Sr., Presbyterian College (tie)

Second-Team All-Conference
J.P. Primm, G, Sr., UNC Asheville
Stan Okoye, F, Jr., VMI
Anthony Raffa, G, R-Jr., Coastal Carolina
Darren White, G, Jr., Campbell
Chris Gradnigo, F, R-Sr., Coastal Carolina

All-Freshman Team
Trey Freeman, G, Campbell
Saah Nimley, G, Charleston Southern
Arlon Harper, G, Charleston Southern
R.J. Price, G, Radford
Javonte Green, F, Radford

All-Academic Team
Sam McLaurin, F, R-Jr., Coastal Carolina
Mike Byron, C, Soph., Gardner-Webb
Landon Harris, F, Jr., High Point
Jesse Sanders, G, Sr., Liberty
Jay Reynolds, C, Jr., Presbyterian College
Tolga Cerrah, F, R-Soph., Radford
Matt Dickey, G, Sr., UNC Asheville
Stan Okoye, F, Jr., VMI

Player of the Year
Matt Dickey, G, Sr., UNC Asheville

Freshman of the Year
Trey Freeman, G, Campbell

Defensive Player of the Year
Kelvin Martin, F, Sr., Charleston Southern

Coach of the Year
Barclay Radebaugh, Charleston Southern


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