SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo men’s basketball team may have concluded their season last night, but this afternoon the Lions found out that two of their own were named Second Team All-Sunshine State Conference players, it was announced by SSC Commissioner Michael J. Marcil.
Prais, also on the SSC Second Team last season and the 2007 Conference Freshman of the Year, was again a Second Team selection after leading the Lions with averages of 16.6 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. The 6’7” forward scored in double figures in all but two regular season games, and finished the year with a total of seven double-doubles, while shooting 54 percent (187-of-344) from the field. He was also honored as the Conference’s Player of the Week twice during the 2008-09 season.
Cullop ended the season as the Lions’ number-two scorer averaging 15.3 points in 28 games. He helped the Saint Leo offensive production by dishing out 123 assists, besting next person by almost 50 assists. A 40 percent (139-of-341) accurate shooter from the field, Cullop drained 77 three-pointers and scored 428 points during the year. Although he measures in a 6’1”, Cullop still managed to pull down 71 rebounds.
Both Prais and Cullop ranked in the Top-5 in numerous categories in the Sunshine State Conference, finishing the season fifth and seventh in scoring, respectively. Cullop finished 2008-09 as the leader in made three-pointers in the SSC.
Rollins' Nick Wolf was selected as SSC Player of the Year, while Barry's Erick Nsangou was chosen Defensive Player of the Year. Florida Tech's Derek Hellemann garnered Freshman of the Year honors, and Florida Southern's Linc Darner was named the Coach of the Year for the second straight season.
Voting for the all-conference team is conducted among the league's men's basketball coaches and sports information directors.
Joining Wolf on the All-SSC First Team squad were: Rashad Callaway (Tampa), Tim Coenraad (Nova Southeastern), Rob Eldridge (Florida Southern), and Chris Hall (Lynn).
Earning All-SSC Second Team honors along with Cullop, Prais and Hellemann were: Rion Rayfield (Florida Southern), John Thompson (Florida Southern), and Karega Tucker (Barry).
Florida Tech's Ryan Ballard and Rollins' Kevin Hogan received honorable mention.
Five student-athletes were recognized as members of the All-Freshman Team. Joining Hellemann were: Simon Cummings (Florida Tech), Kornilous Donnell (Eckerd), Preston Fredrick (Florida Southern), and Darrin Williams (Nova Southeastern).