Hilliard is South Atlantic Region Player of the Year

April Emory
March 13, 2008

MORROW, GA- Elizabeth City State University junior Anthony Hilliard and Wingate University senior Sean Barnette will share the honor as South Atlantic Region 2008 "Player of the Year". This past season Anthony Hilliard was named CIAA Player of the Year after leading the Vikings to their first 20 win season since 1999. He led the conference in both scoring and rebounding and for the second season was the only men's basketball player to average a double-double in the CIAA. He scored his 1,000 career point in 07-08 and is the first Viking since 1993 (Nate Higgs) and the sixth overall to be named CIAA Player of the Year. Barnette, a 6-foot-4 senior forward from Rock Hill, S.C. was selected South Atlantic Conference Player of the Year for a second straight season. He is only the second men's basketball player to win the award two times. He was also the 2006-07 South Atlantic Conference Male Athlete of the Year. Virginia Union's Brad Byerson, the 2008 CIAA Defensive Player of the Year, Augusta State's Tyrekus Bowman and USC Aiken's Chris Commons completes the First Team honorees. With the first team selection, all five players are automatically eligible for Daktronics Division II All-American honors. Fayetteville State's Phillipe' Harris also represented the CIAA's as a member of the South Atlantic Region Second Team. See http://ecsuvikings.cstv.com/ for more details on the 2008 Daktronics Men's All-South Atlantic Region Team.