– The Augusta State duo of Garret Siler and Ben
Madgen earned more All-American honors recently when both were
named to the Basketball Times All-America squad.
With the selections, the duo becomes the sixth and seventh 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 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.
Madgen, a 6-4, 185-pound junior guard from Williamstown, Australia, was named to the Basketball Times second-team 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). 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.
A 7-0, 291-pound senior center from Augusta, Ga., Siler was tabbed to the third team. He led the nation in field goal percentage for the third consecutive season (.795) and ranks 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.
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 BASKETBALL TIMES ALL-AMERICA TEAM FIRST TEAM John Bostic, Findlay Chris Commons, USC Aiken Anthony Hilliard, Elizabeth City State Matt Rogers, Southwest Baptist Jonathan Schmidt, C.W. Post SECOND TEAM Lucas Alves, BYU-Hawaii Laurence Ekperigin, LeMoyne BEN MADGEN, AUGUSTA STATE Kevin Ratzsch, Northern State Ted Scott, West Virginia State THIRD TEAM Brandon Brown, CSU-San Bernardino Stan Hall, Alderson-Broaddus Nick Kohs, Christian Brothers GARRET SILER, AUGUSTA STATE Jason Westrol, Bentley NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR Josh Bostic, Findlay NATIONAL CO-COACHES OF THE YEAR Ron Niekamp, Findlay & Tim Cluess, C.W. Post