March 10, 2010
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss junior forward Gary Flowers earned Second Team All-Conference USA honors by Sporting News, announced today by the magazine.
Flowers led the Golden Eagles this season with 14.7 points and 7.9 rebounds, good for tenth and seventh in the league. He also is fourth in C-USA in blocks with 1.8. His 53 blocks on the year are tied for the tenth most in a season at Southern Miss.
The Dallas, Texas native has scored in double-figures in 26 of 30 games, including 10 straight. He has scored 20-plus points in four games, including a season-high 25 at UAB on January 20. He also has eight double-doubles on the year, fifth most in Conference USA.
Houston's Aubrey Coleman and UTEP's Randy Culpepper were named to the first team. Joining them is Elijah Millsap of UAB, Tulsa's Jerome Jordan and Elliot Williams of Memphis.
Joining Flowers on the second team was UTEP's Derrick Caracter, Tulsa's Ben Uzoh, Hassan Whiteside of Marshall and Memphis' Wesley Witherspoon.
Southern Miss, which earned the sixth seed, opens play at the GMC Sierra Conference USA Tournament this afternoon at 2:30 p.m. The Golden Eagles will face 11th-seeded Tulane. The game can be heard on the Southern Miss/ISP network.
2009-10 ALL-CONFERENCE USA FIRST TEAM
Aubrey Coleman, Houston, G, 6-4, 200, Sr., Houston, Texas
Randy Culpepper, UTEP, G, Jr., 6-0, 165, Jr., Memphis, Tenn.
Elijah Millsap, UAB, G, Jr., 6-6, 211, Grambling, La.
Jerome Jordan, Tulsa, C, 7-0, 245, Sr., Kingston, Jamaica
Elliot Williams, Memphis, G, 6-5, 180, So., Memphis, Tenn.
2009-10 ALL-CONFERENCE USA SECOND TEAM
Derrick Caracter, UTEP, F, 6-9, 275, Jr., Fanwood, N.J.
Gary Flowers, Southern Miss, F, 6-8, 214, Jr., Dallas, Texas
Ben Uzoh, Tulsa, G, 6-3, 200, Sr., San Antonio, Texas
Hassan Whiteside, Marshall, F, 6-11, 235, Fr., Gastonia, N.C.
Wesley Witherspoon, Memphis, F/G, 6-9, 210, So., Atlanta, Ga.