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SoCon media honor several ETSU hoopsters; Wadood, Bartow again earn top awards
Tuesday, March 02, 2004JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (March 2, 2004) - One day after sweeping through the coaches' All-Southern Conference voting, the East Tennessee State men's basketball team collected even more hardware from the league's media on Tuesday.
The Southern Conference Sports Media Association on Tuesday named ETSU senior forward Zakee Wadood (Lonoke, Ark.) as the 2003-04 Player of the Year, while head coach Murry Bartow was selected as the league's Coach of the Year. In addition, ETSU sophomore Tim Smith (Newport News, Va.) finished third in the voting for player of the year and was a first-team selection, while senior Jerald Fields (Gainesville, Fla.) was named to the second team.
"Again, it's great to see those three guys recognized for the seasons they've had," Bartow said. "It's been a fun year so far and we're looking forward to the conference tournament. This has been a great group of guys to coach and these awards are an indication of the tradition we're building here at East Tennessee State."
Wadood has helped lead East Tennessee State to a 24-5 overall record, its fourth-straight SoCon North Division title, and the overall SoCon regular season championship. The 6-6, 210-pound senior is averaging 14.8 points per game and is leading the SoCon with 7.8 rebounds and 2.83 steals per game. Meanwhile, Smith currently leads the Bucs with 16.5 ppg and 4.4 apg, while Fields is second on the team with 6.4 rpg and third with 13.2 ppg.
Bartow, in his first year as the head coach at East Tennessee State, earned Coach of the Year honors after guiding the Bucs to a program-record 15-1 league mark and a program-best 16-game winning streak from Jan. 4 until Feb. 28.
The Bucs will be the No. 1 seed out of the SoCon North Division in the Southern Conference Basketball Championship, which begins on Wednesday at the North Charleston (SC) Coliseum.
The Buccaneers will open play at the SoCon Tournament Thursday at noon when they face the winner of Wednesday's first-round game between Furman and Western Carolina.
See attached page for complete run down of the 2003-04 All-SCSMA team.
Player of the Year
Coach of the Year
Freshman of the year