Sophomore guard Jerica Coley got voted FIU's first Sun Belt Player of the Year, the most significant individual honor as the All-Sun Belt teams were announced Wednesday.
Coley led the conference in scoring (24.0 per game), blocks (2.0 per game) and minutes (39.6 per game). Tuesday, I asked her if she could remember the last time she came out of a game. She seemed to recall a game about a month ago in which she got into foul trouble or fouled out. Actually, it was Feb. 2, a 65-41 win at Troy, when she went 11 of 16 from the field. She also led the Panthers in assists (4.1 per game) and rebounds (7.0 per game).
Senior Fanni Hutlassa, second on FIU in scoring, first in steals and first all time in games played, was an All-Sun Belt Third Teamer.
On the men's side, senior guard DeJuan Wright got voted to the All-Sun Belt Second Team while senior guard Jeremy Allen and sophomore guard Phil Taylor got Third Team honors.
Wright's 16.4 points per game led the conference. Allen's 2.7 steals per game led the conference and ranks No. 4 in nationally. Taylor's 3.1 assists per game were seventh in the conference.
That said, after the regular season finale, in which Deric Hill played point guard most of the night, had nine assists with no turnovers and FIU scoredx 81 points, Taylor might be a Third Team All-Sun Belt player coming off the bench in the conference tournament opener Saturday against Western Kentucky.