Posted: Thursday, October 31st 2013 at 1:16am
Carnes, Hollis and Hill named PBC preseason All-Conference for UNG hoops
MARTINEZ -- The Peach Belt Conference has released the 2013-14 men's and women's basketball preseason All-Conference teams with the University of North Georgia having three players garner the honor.
Gainesville natives Jaymee Carnes and Mimi Hill and Flowery Branch High grad Ishmael Hollis each took preseason awards.
The team was selected by the league's head coaches and includes a team of five players for each gender.
Carnes led the nation in scoring two years ago and was named the PBC Player of the Year. Last season, she was third in the league in scoring, second in rebounding and third in blocks. Returning for her senior season, the Gainesville native has already amassed 1,105 career points in just two seasons and could crack the PBC's career top 10 by year's end. Carnes may also be the all-time career lists in rebounds and blocked shots. Last season, Carnes led the Nighthawks to their first appearance in the PBC Championship game.
Hill was also a large part of North Georgia's run to the PBC title game. The senior from Gainesville was ranked 10th in the PBC with 14.1 points per game and was named second-team All-Conference. Hill finished in the PBC top 10 in rebounding, blocks, field goal percentage and free throw percentage and was named to the PBC All-Tournament team along with Carnes.
Joining Carnes and Hill on the women's preseason All-Conference team is Willeshia 'Shorty' Spencer of Flagler, Taylor Beverly of Montevallo and Ladondra Johnson of Young Harris.
Hollis, meanwhile, had a breakout season in 2012-13, averaging 15.4 points and 7.3 rebounds per game and was named second-team All-Conference. A returning senior from Buford, Hollis finished the year in the PBC's top 10 in rebounding, three-pointers made and three-point percentage. He scored in double-figures 21 times last season with seven games of 20 or more points.
Joining Hollis on the men's preseason All-Conference team is Montevallo's Troran Brown, USC Aiken's Paul Larsen and Ronald Zimmerman and Evrick Gary of Francis Marion.
The women's basketball preseason coaches poll will be released on Thursday with the men's preseason poll slated for release on the next day.
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