CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. --- Chattanooga junior Omar Wattad (Johnson City, Tenn.) was named to the All-Southern Conference team the league announced Wednesday. Wattad is one of 10 players honored by the conference coaches for leading UTC to a share of its 18th regular-season title (North Division co-Champs).
Wattad, a transfer from Georgetown, led the Mocs averaging 14.3 points per game. He shot 36.1 percent from three-point range making 2.8 per contest. His three-point numbers rank among the nation's top performers at No. 28 in treys made per game and No. 65 in percentage.
"This is a well-deserved honor for Omar," said head coach John Shulman. "He keyed our great start in league play. His enthusiasm is contagious, and you can't count how many huge shots he hit throughout the season."
In league games only, Wattad shone, bumping up his scoring average to 15.1 points per contest while shooting 39.0 percent from beyond the arc and making a shade over three per game. He was 10th in the league in scoring, second in three-pointers made per game (2.8) and 13th in free throw percentage (76.9%).
Wattad topped the 20-point mark a team-high seven times in 2010-11. He had a season-best 30 points at The Citadel on Jan. 13 and 29 at Davidson on Feb. 5. His 27 points keyed the Mocs' exciting 91-88 home win over South Division co-Champ College of Charleston.
Among his honors this season, Wattad earned SoCon Player of the Week on Jan. 18. That followed a week where Chattanooga won at The Citadel followed by home wins over Samford and Charleston in a three-game-in-five-day span. He averaged 24.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists per contest over that span, hitting 54.3 percent (19-35) from three-point range and making 6.3 per game.
Wattad scored in double digits 20 times this season, leading the squad in scoring a team-best 11 times. He made four or more three-pointers 11 times with a high of eight (14 att.) at The Citadel.
He is the first member of the All-SoCon team for the Mocs since Stephen McDowell (2008-09) and Nicchaeus Doaks (2006-09) were tabbed in 2009.
2011 SOCON MEN'S BASKETBALL AWARDS
Omar Carter, Appalachian State
Donald Sims, Appalachian State
Andrew Goudelock, College of Charleston
Donavan Monroe, College of Charleston
Cameron Wells, The Citadel
Chris Long, Elon
Amu Saaka, Furman
OMAR WATTAD, CHATTANOOGA
Mike Williams, Western Carolina
Noah Dahlman, Wofford
Trent Wiedeman, College of Charleston
Lucas Troutman, Elon
Eric Ferguson, Georgia Southern
Trevis Simpson, UNCG
Trey Sumler, Western Carolina
Player of the Year
Andrew Goudelock, Sr., G, College of Charleston
Defensive Player of the Year
Richie Gordon, Sr., F, Western Carolina
Freshman of the Year
Trey Sumler, Fr., G, Western Carolina
Coach of the Year
Bobby Cremins, College of Charleston
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