HUNTSVILLE -- Ryan Bright, Aaron Wade, and Jejuan Plair, who led Sam Houston State to a 21-8 regular season record and their second consecutive Southland Conference runner-up finish, have been named to the 2007 All-Southland Conference squad.
Bright, a 6-6 junior forward from Deer Park, is a first team selection and
was the runner-up in the voting for Southland Conference men's basketball player of the year.
Wade, a 6-7 senior post player from Plano, is a second team selection.
Plair, the Bearkats' 6-1 senior point guard from Killeen, was a third team
choice. The 22 players on the 2007 All-Southland squad were selected by vote ot the league's head coaches and sports information directors.
Bright led the 2007 Bearkats in scoring (14.6) and rebounding (8.0) and was a three-time Southland Conference men's basketball "Player of the Week" selection. He scored in double figures 23 times this year and has become the 20th Bearkat to score more than 1,000 career points.
"Ryan has had another big season for us," SHSU head coach Bob Marlin said.
"He has been a consistent performer for us."
Wade, who moved from forward to center after a pre-season injury to John Gardiner, has become one of the team's top scoring threats. He averaged 11.9 points per game and ranked third d in the Southland in three point shooting.
"Aaron has had a great year. Forced to play center, he has been a consistent
scorer and a leader on the floor," Marlin said. "Normally, he guards the
other team's post player and has done well despite the height disadvantage."
Plair ranked second in the league in assists (5.8) and averaged 10.9 points
per game.He scored in double figures in 16 games this season.
"Jejuan has done a great job leading this team," Marlin said. "He has scored
less than last year, but gets the ball to other players to put them in
position to score. He has a great work ethic and brings strength and
athleticism to the floor for us."
2007 All-Southland Conference Men's Basketball
Chris Daniel, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Sr., 7-0
Ryan Bright, Sam Houston State, Jr., 6-6
Stefan Blaszczynski, Nicholls State, Jr., 6-5
Jermaine Griffin, Texas-Arlington, Jr. 6-9
Josh Washington, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Sr. 6-3
Aaron Wade, Sam Houston State, Sr. 6-7
Jarvis Bradley, McNeese State, Jr., 6-6
Lamar Sanders, Lamar, Jr., 6-6
Daryl Cohen, Southeastern Louisiana, Sr., 6-4
Luke Rogers, Northwestern State, Jr., 6-1
Jejuan Plair, Sam Houston State, Sr., 6-1
Josh Alexander, Stephen F. Austin State, So., 6-4
Kennan Jones, Northwestern State, Sr., 6-2
Durrell Nevels, Central Arkansas, Jr., 6-6
James Davis, Lamar, Jr., 7-1
Colby Bargeman, Northwestern State
Terry Bryant, Southeastern Louisiana
Brandon Bush, Texas State-San Marcos
John Ford, McNeese State
Darren Hopkins, Lamar
Matt Kingsley, Stephen F. Austin State
Antuane Miller, Stephen F. Austin State
Player of the Year: Chris Daniels, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
Newcomer of the Year: Lamar Sanders, Lamar
Freshman of the Year: Ro'ger Guignard, Texas-Arlington
Coach of the Year: Ronnie Arrow, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi