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8 BCC Basketball Players and Coach Shulman Receive All-Southern Conference Recognition
February 26, 2013 - A total of eight Brevard Community College men's and women's basketball players received Florida College System Activities Association All-Southern Conference honors for the 2012-13 season.
They were led by guard/forward Addison Spruill who was named as the men's Southern Conference Player of the Year.
Also, BCC men's head coach Jeremy Shulman was named Southern Conference Coach of the Year.
Spruill, classmates Nyles Evans and Gary Gaskins, and freshman Jure Gunjina were among the 12 players named to the men's All-Conference first team while freshman Jordan Smith was among the 12 named to the second team.
For the women sophomore Kasie Berry and freshman Nuri Muhammad were among the 12 named to the first team while sophomore Shaneece Stephens was among the 12 named to the second team.
BCC's men finished the regular season as Southern Conference champions for the first time since 1999-2000. They were 24-6 overall and 10-2 in the conference. They advance to the March 7-9 FCSAA/NJCAA Division I Region 8 tournament in Chipola.
The women finished 3-27 overall and 1-14 in the conference. St. Petersburg College sophomore Antqunita Reed was the women's conference player of the year and St. Petersburg's Denisha Davidson the coach of the year. St. Petersburg finished 23-7 overall and won the conference with a 14-1 record.
The honors for Shulman and the players resonated with BCC Athletic Director Jeff Carr.
"Jeremy has changed the culture of men's basketball at BCC in a very short time," Carr said. "To win the conference championship in only his third year here is an amazing accomplishment for him and his staff.
"Jeremy works so many hours behind the scenes to help his players to go on to the next level and leaves nothing to chance as every game his teams are prepared to compete; a very deserving honor for Jeremy being conference coach of the year."
As for the player honors: "Addison being named player of the year is a fantastic honor and he is so deserving," Carr said. "What a wonderful young man that has so much talent, he is a special player.
"All of our student athletes that have been recognized with their selection to one of the All-Conference teams is an amazing feat; and so well deserving, it says a lot about their hard work each and every day to be a better basketball player. Congratulations to everyone."
For his part Shulman gave credit to his players.
"A coach is only as good as his players," Shulman said. "I've been fortunate to have some very good players over the last three years and it shows in our record and our accomplishments including the conference title and going to state tournament for the second time in three seasons.
"Addison, Nyles, Gary, Jure and JD (Jordan Smith) are all very deserving of the recognition. But a bow must be made in the direction of all their teammates who push them every day in practice to be the best they can be."
BCC women's head coach Renee Bellamy complimented her players on their selections.
"It's nice to know the conference coaches think highly of the players despite the season record," Bellamy said. "It's commendable for those three young ladies.
"Kasie came on strong the last eight games. Nuri was pretty consistent throughout the season but came on toward the end as well."
Stephens, a first-team selection as a freshman, missed 11 of BCC's 15 conference games with a knee injury but was recognized anyway.
"She had done over and above what she needed to do as a freshman," Bellamy said. "The Southern Conference knew what a great player she has been here."