Fugh, Bene­dict named to USCAA All-Amer­i­can teams

The Catoosa County News - - WORSHIP DIRECTORY - By Scott Herpst

The bas­ket­ball sea­son is over for Ge­or­gia North­west­ern, but the bas­ket­ball awards sea­son has just be­gun.

Two GNTC stu­den­tath­letes have been rec­og­nized na­tion­ally for their achieve­ments both on and off the court.

Sopho­more Dar­rius Fugh was named on Tues­day as a USCAA Divi­sion II Honor­able Men­tion Al­lAmer­i­can, while Lady Bob­cats sopho­more Car­rie Bene­dict earned Aca­demic Al­lAmer­i­can hon­ors for DII.

“It’s a bless­ing to get this honor,” Fugh said. “Re­ally, it’s a bless­ing just to be nom­i­nated. I re­ally don’t know what to say. I think had a pretty good year and I had a lot of fun just play­ing with my team­mates. I never knew how much fun play­ing ball could be. I’ve got a lot of brothers and friends now since I’ve been play­ing (for Ge­or­gia North­west­ern) and had a lot of great ex­pe­ri­ences.”

The for­mer Pep­perell High stand­out had an­other record-set­ting sea­son. In 23 games, Fugh set a new sin­gle-sea­son mark by av­er­ag­ing an even 23 points game, break­ing his own record of 19.7 set last year. He scored 30 or more three times, in­clud­ing a new sin­gle-game record of 39 against Hi­wassee Col­lege on Feb. 9.

He fin­ished 10th in the na­tion in USCAA Divi­sion II in scor­ing, was 23rd in re­bound­ing (8.4), was fifth in free throws per game and third na­tion­ally in free throw per­cent­age (84.7).

Fugh was one of 11 Honor­able Men­tion se­lec­tions, along with 10 First Team and 10 Sec­ond Team picks na­tion­wide.

“Dar­rius just had a phe­nom­e­nal year, point­wise and re­bound­ing­wise and he picked up his shot block­ing as well,” head coach David Stephen­son said. “He’s a real multi-func­tional player. He can shoot the three, but he’s got cat-like quick­ness and can take it to the bas­ket. Plus, he can also de­fend. He’s the type of all-around player you want at the three or four spot.”

Jor­dan Young of Penn State Le­high Val­ley was named the Stu­dent Ath­lete of the Year for Divi­sion II, while Berke­ley Col­lege of New York pro­duced the Coach of the Year in Chris Chris­tiansen and the Player of the Year in Mas­siah Mer­ritt.

Bene­dict, an alum of Adairsville High, earned Aca­demic Al­lAmer­i­can hon­ors by sport­ing a 4.0 grade point av­er­age, while tak­ing 56 hours’ worth of classes in Au­to­mo­tive Tech­nol­ogy.

“For one, hav­ing a 4.0 (GPA) as a fe­male in a pre­dom­i­nantly male-ori­ented pro­gram is su­per im­pres­sive,” Stephen­son added. “But Car­rie has missed maybe three prac­tices in the two years she’s been with us. She takes classes in Rome and drives (to Rossville) from Adairsville for every prac­tice.

“She’s al­ways where she needs to be and she’s al­ways there with a smile on her face. She’s re­ally a great kid.”

Dar­rius Fugh

Car­rie Bene­dict

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