Siler, Madgen Snag More National Accolades

Siler, Madgen Snag More National Accolades

AUGUSTA, Ga. – The Augusta State duo of Garret Siler and Ben Madgen earned more All-America honors recently when both were named to the Division II Bulletin All-America squad.

The All-America selections are the third of the 2008-09 season for each player. With the selections, the duo becomes the eighth and ninth All-America selections for the ASU men's basketball program over the last three seasons as well as the sixth and seventh different players in school history to earn national accolades.

ASU was the only program in the nation to garner multiple All-America honors in the same season. The Peach Belt Conference totaled three All-America selections with the selection of USC Aiken's Chris Commons.

A 7-0, 291-pound senior center from Augusta, Ga., Siler was tabbed to the Division II Bulletin fourth team. He led the nation in field goal percentage for the third consecutive season (.795) and ranked ninth in the nation in blocked shots at 2.7 bpg. On the season, he's averaging 16.4 points and 7.8 rebounds and was tabbed the NCAA Southeast Regional's Most Outstanding Player after leading ASU to the regional title in an 85-57 victory over USC Aiken in Christenberry Fieldhouse on Tuesday, March 17.

The only player in the PBC to rank in the top five in scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage and blocked shots, Siler has scored in double figures in 21 consecutive games and registered 20 or more points nine times. He has booked a team-best nine double-doubles and led ASU in scoring on 12 occasions. He currently ranks eighth in school history and PBC history with 1,573 points after 25-point effort in Southeast Re­gional Championship game victory over USC Aiken.

Madgen, a 6-4, 185-pound junior guard from Williamstown, Australia, was named to the Honorable Mention squad. The 2009 Daktronics Southeast Region Player-of-the-Year, Madgen was also selected first team All-Southeast Region and was a first-team All-Peach Belt Conference pick. He was named to NCAA Southeast Regional All-Tourna­ment team after leading the Jaguars to the Southeast Regional title on March 17. He was also voted the Peach Belt Conference Tournament's Most Valuable Player after leading ASU to the PBC Tournament Championship on March 8.

The league scoring champion at 19.1 ppg., Madgen also led the PBC in three-point percentage (.462), ranked second in free throw percentage (.869), third in minutes played (33.06) and fourth in 3-point field goals made (2.39). He was the only player in the conference to rank in the top 15 in scoring, field goal percentage (12th/.499) and assists (14th/2.85). With 25 points vs. No. 16 USC Aiken in the Southeast Regional Championship game, he moved into fifth place on the ASU career scoring list with 1,642 points and into sixth place on the PBC career scoring list.

He led ASU in scoring on 16 occasions, registered 20 or more points 14 times and cracked the 30-point barrier twice, including a career-high 33 points vs. USC Aiken on Jan. 5.

The duo led the Jags to the winningest season in school history at 30-5 as they earned their second consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament's Elite Eight in Springfield, Mass. ASU advanced to the Final Four before bowing out to national runnerup Cal Poly Pomona.




2009 DIVISION II BULLETIN ALL-AMERICA TEAM 

First Team

Josh Bostic, Findlay
Chris Commons, USC Aiken
Matt Rogers, Southwest Baptist
Larry Gordon, Cal Poly Pomona 
Kevin Rarzsch, Northern State

Second Team

Laurence Ekperigan, LeMoyne
Ted Scott, West Virginia State
Anthony Hilliard, Elizabeth City State
Aaron Hill, Rockhurst
Jesse Wagstaff, Metro State

Third Team

Jonathan Schmidt, C.W. Post
Kendrick Easley, Mount Olive
Lucas Alves, BYU-Hawaii
Nick Kohs, Christian Brothers
Nolan Richardson, Midwestern State

Fourth Team

GARRET SILER, AUGUSTA STATE
Ira Graham, Western Washington
Dave Ben, Kutztown
Kyle Moore, Tusculum
Jason Westrol, Bentley

Honorable Mention

Brandon Brown, Cal State San Bernardino
Denell Stephens, Slippery Rock
Lance Harper, Central Oklahoma
Tyrone Curnell, Valdosta State
Nick Wolf, Rollins
Lew Finnegan, Bentley
Joe Jones, Edinboro
Darren Duncan, Merrimack
BEN MADGEN, AUGUSTA STATE
Ross Demasi, Southwest Minnesota State
Kenny Johnson, North Alabama
Omari Knox, Bloomfield
Kenneth Boyd, Morehouse.
Tim VanOudheusden, Lake Superior State
Jake Linton, St. Martin's
Pierce Caldwell, Incarnate Word
Hunter Henry, Northwest Missouri
Roman Andrade, New Mexico Highlands
Kenny Barker, Alaska Anchorage
Stan Hall, Alderson-Broaddus
Marcus Tillis, Pitt-Johnstown
Thad McFadden, Fairmont State
LaVontay Fenderson, Wisconsin Parkside
Travis Nelson, Minnesota State
Chris Hall, Lynn
Jamar Smith. Southern Indiana
Sanijay Watts, Central Missouri
Brandon Dagans, Lewis
Thomas Fraise, North Alabama
Drake Beranek, Nebraska-Kearney
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