March 12, 2013
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss senior forward Jonathan Mills and senior guard Dwayne Davis took home specialty awards, announced Tuesday morning by a vote of the league's 12 coaches and various media.
Mills was named to the All-Defensive Team, while Davis was named the league's Newcomer of the Year.
Mills becomes the fourth straight Golden Eagle to be named to the All-Defensive Team. He is also the second Golden Eagle to be named to the team twice, joining Sai'Quon Stone, who was named to the team in 2010 and 2011. He is 10th in Conference USA with 7.5 rebounds and second with 3.4 offensive boards. In conference games, he is seventh with 7.8 rebounds and is tied for second with 3.3 offensive boards. The Chicago, Ill., native has led the team in rebounds 16 times and has six double-figure rebound games. He also has a team-high three double-doubles, while taking a team-high 22 charges.
He is joined by C-USA Defensive Player of the Year D.J. Stephens of Memphis, Isaiah Sykes of UCF, Houston's TaShawn Thomas and UTEP'S Julian Washburn.
Davis, who was named First Team All-Conference USA, is the second straight Golden Eagle to earn the award after Neil Watson
took it home last year. He is also the third overall (Jeremy Wise
Davis leads the Golden Eagles with 15.9 points, good for ninth in the league. He is also sixth in free throw percentage, connecting on 80.6-percent and seen in three-point field goal percentage at 43.4%.
The Philadelphia, Pa., native has scored in double-figures in 22 games and has led the team in scoring 10 times. He is also pulling down 4.4 rebounds per game.
Over the last eight games, Davis is averaging 23.6 points on 54.4-percent (62-of-114). He has also connected on 45.2-percent (19-of-42) from three and 83.6-percent (46-of-55) from the free throw line. Davis has scored at least 20 points in six of the eight games. Davis has scored 30 points the last two games, including 35 at Marshall last Wednesday. He is just the seventh player in Southern Miss history to score 30 points in consecutive games, and the first since 2002.
Southern Miss opens the 2012 Conference USA Tournament this Thursday, March 14, as the No. 2 seed. They will face the winner of No. 7 UAB and No. 10 SMU in the Quarterfinals at 12 p.m. CT in Tulsa, Okla.