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Four Bucs earn All-SoCon honors

Joe Avento • Mar 6, 2019 at 7:18 PM

JOHNSON CITY — East Tennessee State had four players honored when the All-Southern Conference men’s basketball teams came out Wednesday.

Junior forward Jeromy Rodriguez, the SoCon’s leading rebounder, was ETSU’s only first-team selection. He was voted first team by the media and second team by the league’s coaches.

Sophomore guards Patrick Good and Bo Hodges were third-team selections by the coaches. Point guard Daivien Williamson was on the media and coaches’ all-freshman team.

“With three underclassmen, Jeromy, Bo and Pat on the all-league team, along with Daivien on the all-freshman team, our players and staff are excited about what that means for us now and in the future,” said coach Steve Forbes, whose Bucs (23-8) open the SoCon tournament in Asheville, North Carolina, on Saturday with a quarterfinal matchup with Chattanooga at 2:30 p.m.

Rodriguez, who leads the SoCon with 14 double-doubles, is averaging 11.5 points and 11.0 rebounds. He has been among the nation’s leading rebounders all season. He has one season left with the Bucs after sitting out last year following shoulder surgery.

“He plays the game with passion each and every time he steps on the court and that rubs off on everyone else,” Forbes said. “Jeromy is a tremendous teammate and a big reason for our success this year.”

Good has fought through a painful season and will likely have hip surgery to fix an injury he suffered during the preseason. A Johnson City native who starred at David Crockett, he is averaging 11.0 points per game. He set the ETSU single-game 3-point record by making 11 against Western Carolina on Jan. 26. That came during a four-game stretch in which he averaged 23.3 points and 6.3 made 3s while shooting 56 percent from beyond the arc.

Good has 86 3-pointers this season, tied for fifth all-time on the ETSU single-season list.

“Pat is one of the most courageous players I have ever coached,” Forbes said. “He made the decision back in the fall to not have season-ending surgery and play through excruciating pain to help his team win. Pat is one of the best 3-point shooters in a league that is full of them.”

Hodges was the SoCon’s freshman of the year last season and he, too, has fought through injuries as a sophomore. Since February, Hodges is averaging 14.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.4 assists while shooting 61 percent from the field. He had a career-best 26-point, 12-rebound effort in a win at VMI for his first collegiate double-double.

“Bo has shown incredible perseverance this year,” Forbes said. “He battled through several injuries throughout the fall and early in the season to get himself back to full strength this past month. He is the most versatile all-around player in the SoCon and made the step this year from the all-freshman team a year ago to the all-league team this year.”

Williamson has started half of ETSU’s 30 games, averaging 9.0 points and 2.3 assists while shooting 51 percent from the field.

Wofford’s Fletcher Magee was named the SoCon’s player of the year, Chattanooga’s Kevin Easley landed freshman of the year honors and UNC Greensboro’s Isaiah Miller was selected defensive player of the year. Mike Young was tabbed coach of the year after guiding Wofford to an 18-0 SoCon season.

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