BRISTOL, Tenn. – Conference Carolinas released its complete list of All-Conference honors earlier today. King College Men's Basketball announces that Logan Lyle has been crowned Freshman of the Year while Head Coach George Pitts has been named Coach of the Year by Conference Carolinas. Two Tornado team members also earned spots on the All-Conference Team after an impressive season.
Logan Lyle was named the 2012 Conference Carolinas Freshman of the Year after starting and ending his debut season on fire. The Unicoi, Tenn., native began the season with five consecutive double-digit scoring efforts off of the bench, including 17 against nationally-ranked Lincoln Memorial University. He finished the season starting the final nine games of the season, scoring in double digits in all but one contest and registering 20 or more points in four of those games. He scored a career-high 25 points in a 79-56 win over Belmont Abbey that clinched the West Division for the Tornado. He is third on the team in scoring with 399 points in 29 games (13.8 ppg), second in rebounds (127) and leads the team with nine blocks.
Head Coach George Pitts was named the 2012 Coach of the Year after leading the Tornado to a 22-6 overall record and a 14-2 league record in King's first season as a member of Conference Carolinas. Pitts led the Navy and Scarlett to its first Conference Carolinas regular season crown and postseason victory in school history. Pitts now has his fifth 20-win season since being named head coach of the Tornado in 2006.
Two Tornado players were named to this year's All-Conference Team. Brian Hewitt was named to the Men's All-Conference First Team after leading the Tornado in scoring and three-point shooting for a majority of the season. Hewitt finished with 419 points and is tied with teammate Eddie Piccinini with 16.1 points per game. Hewitt leads the team in field goal shooting percentage (.470, min. 110 attempts) and steals (48), and is second on the team in three-point shooting percentage (.426). The senior was named the Conference Carolinas Player of the Week three times this season.
Eddie Piccinini was named to the All-Conference Second Team after a remarkable junior season in which he led the team in total points (452) and tied Hewitt in points per game. The captain is second in assists (73) and since Jan. 26 has notched four 20-plus point scoring effort while scoring in double digits in every game but one in that span. He scored a season-high 27 points against Pfeiffer on Feb. 18 on 8-of-11 shooting, including seven three-point field goals.
King will host Mount Olive College on Friday night for the semi-final round of the Conference Carolinas Tournament. Tipoff is set for 7:00 p.m. The winner of the King/Mount Olive game will play the winner of the Barton/Queens game at the highest remaining seeded team's site on Sunday, March 4, at 2:00 p.m.
2012 Conference Carolinas Postseason Awards
Men's Player of the Year
Craig Hayes, Mount Olive
Men's Freshman of the Year
Logan Lyle, King
Men's Coach of the Year
George Pitts, King
Men's Eastern Division Regular Season Champions
Queens University of Charlotte
Men's Western Division Regular Season Champions