Larry Thomas named SAA Offensive Player of the Year; Thomas, Avery garner All-Conference accolades

Larry Thomas (photo by Jimmy Mitchell)
Larry Thomas (photo by Jimmy Mitchell)

MEMPHIS, Tenn.—Senior Larry Thomas has captured his second-straight Southern Athletic Association Player of the Year award, the league office announced this evening prior to BSC's semifinal match against top-seeded Rhodes in Memphis, Tenn.

He and junior Alex Avery also earned All-Conference honors, with Thomas being voted to the First Team, and Avery winning a spot on the Second Team.

Thomas, a guard from Atlanta, Ga., not only led the league in scoring for the second straight year, averaging 18.2 points per game, but also showed his strength on defense with 54 steals, second-most in the conference. He also pulled down 5.6 rebounds per game, ranking seventh in the SAA, and shot 41.7 percent from beyond the arc (third in the league) and 84 percent at the free throw line (fourth in the league). Thomas was also the 2014 SAA Player of the Year, as well as a 2014 All-American and 2015 Preseason All-American.

Avery, a forward from Morganton, N.C., led the league in field goal percentage, shooting 61.5 percent, and ranked fourth with 7.0 rebounds per contest. He also ranked seventh with 71 assists and ninth with 12.0 points per game.

Centre's Tyler Wesley also repeated as Defensive Player of the Year, Oglethorpe's Chris Lawrence was voted Newcomer of the Year, and Sewanee head coach Bubba Smith was voted Coach of the Year.

Click here to view all of this year's award winners.