Pranciliauskas named All-Conference; five named All-Academic

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Tomas Pranciliauskas

Tomas Pranciliauskas

March 4, 2009

Rome, Ga. - At the annual end-of-year conference banquet on Wednesday night before the Southern States Athletic Conference basketball tournament, Tomas Pranciliauskas was named to the All-Conference team - one of only 16 athletes in the SSAC. Additionally, Fred Christopher, Edwin Ofori-Attah, Chris Severt, Brodrick Walker, and Jamie Walker were named to the conference's All-Academic team, and A.J. Martin was named the Hawks' Champion of Character recipient.

This is the second consecutive year Pranciliauskas, a senior guard from Vilnius, Lithuania, has been honored All-Conference by the SSAC. This season, he led the Hawks in scoring with 375 points, and in free throw percentage, going 68-for-88 (77.3%), despite sitting out for the month of December, due to shoulder-related issues. He also tacked on 71 rebounds and 24 steals as the Hawks finished fourth (15-15 overall) in the always-tough Southern States Athletic Conference.

Pranciliauskas' season-high 29 points came early in the season against Life University on Nov. 13. He also scored 27 points against cross-town Berry College on Feb. 17. On Jan. 19, he was honored by the SSAC as their Player of the Week, following Shorter's biggest win of the season over nationally-ranked Lee University.

The Champion of Character award, given to Martin, is provided to one student-athlete per team selected by the coaches of the teams following each season of competition. Student-athletes were selected based on the criteria outlined in the NAIA Champions of Character Program - respect, responsibility, integrity, servant leadership and sportsmanship.

Christopher, Ofori-Attah, Severt, Brodrick Walker, and Jamie Walker received All-Academic selection, which is presented to all student-athletes who excel in the classroom. Nominees must have completed two terms of attendance and earned at least 24 semester hours of college level work, have attained a grade point average of 3.25 or higher based on all courses attempted at the current institution and from all previously attended institutions attended, and be participating in his/her sport during the semester in which the nomination is made.

The Hawks take the court tomorrow at 8 p.m. in the SSAC tournament as the fourth-seed, and play fifth-seeded Southern Polytechnic. The men's portion of the tournament will be held in Shorter's own Winthrop-King Centre.

Shorter College Men's Basketball
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