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Eagles Prepare for Sun Belt Tourney

Men's Basketball: Hughes and Brown Named All-Sun Belt

The Eagles take on South Alabama in the Sun Belt Tournament Thursday.

NEW ORLEANS – Georgia Southern freshman Tookie Brown has been named the Sun Belt Freshman of the Year and first-team all-league, and sophomore Mike Hughes has been named third-team All-Sun Belt, the conference announced today. 

Brown, who is ranked eighth in the country among freshmen in scoring, is the first Eagle to win conference Freshman of the Year honors since Lonnie Edwards was named the Southern Conference Freshman of the Year by both the coaches and media in 1994. The 5-foot-11 guard set the Georgia Southern freshman scoring record and is ranked is ranked in the top-10 in the Sun Belt in scoring (4th, 17.9 ppg), assists (7th, 3.4 apg), steals (2nd, 1.7), free-throw percentage (7th, .811) and assist/turnover ratio (6th, 1.5). Brown has scored 20-plus points in 10 games and reached double figures in 27 of 29 contests.

Hughes ranks ninth in the Sun Belt in scoring (15.1 ppg) and leads the league in steals (2.1 spg). The 6-foot-3 sophomore guard averaged 17.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.1 steals and 1.8 assists in conference play. He scored 20-plus points eight times and has reached double figures in the last 16 contests.

Voting of the Preseason Sun Belt All-Conference Team and Preseason Poll was conducted by the league's 11 head coaches along with a selected media panel.

Georgia Southern has earned the fifth seed in this week's Sun Belt Championship at Lakefront Arena in New Orleans. The Eagles will take on eighth-seeded South Alabama Thursday at 6 p.m. ET. The tournament runs from March 10-13 at the Lakefront Center in The Big Easy.

(From Georgia Southern Reports)

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