Gaines Named To All-Conference USA Basketball Second Team
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Senior forward Charles Gaines was one of 15 players named to the 2004 All-Conference USA basketball teams, announced today from league headquarters in Chicago. The all-league teams were voted on by the league's coaches and selected media members.
The second-team selection Gaines, who was selected to the all-conference third team last season, becomes just the second Southern Miss player all-time to be named to the C-USA all-league team twice during his career, joining David Wall. In all, the Eagles have had nine players named to an all-C-USA team.
One of three seniors on the 2003-04 squad, Gaines was the most productive player on the team, averaging a double-double (15.9 ppg/10.3 rpg) for the season. The 6-foot-9, 223-pounder from Houston, Texas, led the Golden Eagles in minutes played (31.3 mpg), points, rebounds and field goal percentage (.502), while also ranking among the team's top players in free throw percentage (.724).
Gaines was the team's leading scorer in 12 games, while also being the top rebounder in all but two games. He was named the Conference USA Player of the Week once for the week of Dec. 1, and he also put up a career-high 36 points against Georgia Southern earlier this season. Gaines finished with 14 double-doubles this season and 28 for his career, while also registering 46 career double-digit point performances and 32 games in which he grabbed 10 or more rebounds.
The Conference USA First Team consisted of Memphis' Sean Banks and Antonio Burks, Charlotte's Curtis Withers, Louisville's Francisco Garcia and Marquette's Travis Diener.
The second team includes DePaul's Andre Brown and Delonte Holland, Saint Louis' Reggie Bryant, Cincinnati's Jason Maxiell and Gaines. C-USA’s third team is comprised of Cincinnati's Tony Bobbitt, UAB's Mo Finley, USF's Terrence Leather, TCU's Corey Santee and Louisville's Luke Whitehead.
Nine of the 15 all-conference picks were forwards, including three first-team members and four on the second team. Eleven teams had at least one player named to one of the all-league teams. Cincinnati, DePaul, Louisville and Memphis each produced two selections.
2003-04 C-USA MEN’S BASKETBALL ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS
2003-04 ALL-CONFERENCE USA FIRST TEAM
Sean Banks, Memphis, F, 6-8, 210, Fr., Oradell, N.J. (Bergen Catholic)
Antonio Burks, Memphis, G, 6-0, 200, Sr., Memphis, Tenn. (Hiwassee College)
Travis Diener, Marquette, G, 6-0, 165, Jr., Fond du Lac, Wis. (Goodrich)
Francisco Garcia, Louisville, F, 6-7, 185, So., Bronx, N.Y. (Winchendon)
Curtis Withers, Charlotte, F, 6-8, 230, So., Charlotte, N.C,. (West Charlotte)
2003-04 ALL-CONFERENCE USA SECOND TEAM
Andre Brown, DePaul, F/C, 6-9, 245, Sr., Chicago, Ill. (Leo)
Reggie Bryant, Saint Louis, G, 6-2, 185, Jr., Baltimore, Md. (Calvert Hall)
Charles Gaines, Southern Miss, F, 6-7, 220, Sr., Houston, Texas (Southwest Missouri St.)
Delonte Holland, DePaul, F, 6-7, 220, Sr., Greenbelt, Md. (Vincennes Univ.)
Jason Maxiell, Cincinnati, F, 6-7, 240, Jr., Carrollton, Texas (Newman Smith)
2003-04 ALL-CONFERENCE USA THIRD TEAM
Tony Bobbitt, Cincinnati, G, 6-4, 185, Sr., Daytona Beach, Fla. (Southern Idaho)
Mo Finley, UAB, G, 5-11, 174, Sr., LaFayette, Ala. (LaFayette)
Terrence Leather, USF, F, 6-9, 221, Jr., Tampa, Fla. (Robinson)
Corey Santee, TCU, G, 6-2, 193, Jr., Flint, Mich. (Maine Central)
Luke Whitehead, Louisville, F, 6-6, 220, Sr., San Francisco, Calif. (Oak Hill Academy)