Charleston Southern men's basketball coach Barclay Radebaugh was tabbed the 2011-12 Big South coach of the year and senior forward Kelvin Martin was a repeat winner as the league's defensive player of the year, the Big South announced on Sunday.
Radebaugh completed his seventh season as CSU's coach by leading the Buccaneers to an 18-11 record overall and an 11-7 record in Big South play. CSU, picked to finish eighth in a preseason poll, finished in a tie for third in the regular season standings.
"I am very humbled, but this is an honor I share with my assistant coaches and my team," said Radebaugh. "It has been an incredible and fun season so far and all the credit goes to our players and the coaching staff."
CSU's victory total was the program's most since 19 wins in the 1994-95 season. Its 11 Big South wins were also its most since winning 12 games during the 1994-95 campaign. This season, CSU was first in the league in offensive rebounds (12.76 per game), second in overall three-point field goal percentage at 37.7 percent, and finished third in scoring at 76.9 points per game.
CSU won at least 16 games in back-to-back seasons for the first-time since the 1985-86 and 1986-87 seasons. CSU opened the season with 10 wins in its first 15 games, the fastest march to double-digit wins since the 1969-70 season.
Radebaugh and the Buccaneers accomplished the season with only one returning starter, Martin, from last season's 16-16 team. CSU started two freshman guards, Arlon Harper and Saah Nimley, all season, and freshman forward Cedric Bowen started more than half of the team's games.
Martin repeated as the Big South's top defensive player after leading the conference in steals (61), rebounds (9.2 per game) and defensive rebounds (6.69 per game). The 6-5 native of Adel, Ga., ranked second in blocked shots and grabbed double-digit rebounds in 12 games. Martin recorded multiple steals in 20 of CSU's 29 games and posted 11 multi-block games. He closed the season with three consecutive double-double performances, posting a career-high in scoring in two of the three games.
Martin also was named first-team all-conference by the league, while Nimley and Harper were selected to the league's All-Freshman team.
UNC Asheville senior guard Matt Dickey was named the Big South Player of the Year while Campbell guard Trey Freeman was the league's Freshman of the Year. Nimley finished second in the voting for top freshman.
CSU will play Liberty on Wednesday in the quarterfinal round of the Big South Conference tournament. Tipoff is slated for 8 p.m.