|Brooks named SoCon's top male athlete|
|Basketball standout is sixth Wildcat honored|
|Published Tuesday, May 27, 2014 1:28 pm|
Davidson's De'Mon Brooks has been named the Southern Conference Male Athlete of the Year.
Brooks will be honored in conjunction with the league's annual Honors Dinner on May 28 in Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Brooks, a Hopewell High graduate, is the sixth Wildcat to win the award, joining Davidson basketball standouts Whit Cobb (1950), Fred Hetzel (1965), Dick Snyder (1966), John Gerdy (1979) and Stephen Curry (2008-09). The fifth Davidson athlete to earn Southern Conference Player of the Year honors twice, Brooks finished his Wildcats career among the top 10 in scoring (1,777 points – seventh), rebounding (765 – sixth), field-goals made (647– sixth), field-goal percentage (.535 – fifth), free-throws made (430 – sixth) and blocked shots (71 – 10th).
Against league competition in 2013-14, Brooks led the Southern in scoring (20.5 points per game) and field-goal percentage (.660), while leading the Wildcats to a 20-13 overall record, 15-1 conference mark and the regular season title.
Brooks was a two-time AP Honorable Mention All-America selection, two-time Southern Conference tournament MVP, three-time first-team all-conference, three-time Southern Conference all-tournament and three-time NABC All-District honoree.
In 125 career contests, Brooks scored in double figures 94 times, while leading Davidson to an 89-44 overall record, 58-12 conference mark and four postseason appearances (2 NCAA, 1 NIT, 1 CBI).
Brooks, who graduated two weeks ago with a degree in sociology, also spent time as a coach and summer camp instructor with area youth, and participated in numerous events at Davidson Elementary.
The Athlete of the Year award recognizes athletic achievement, academic performance and civic involvement.
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