The Southern Conference went through realignment when Davidson, Charleston, and Elon all left. However, with the league reloaded with mid-major basketball powers in East Tennessee State and Mercer as well as VMI. The conference has been strong in the past few years, and there have been some fantastic players in the last ten years.
Southern Conference 2010s All-Decade Team
Guard – Fletcher Magee, Wofford
Fletcher Magee was almost automatic from the three-point line. The Wofford star shot himself into the history books for both the conference and NCAA. He captured two player of the year awards and made the first-team three times. He is the NCAA’s all-time career made threes leader with 509. That number obviously puts him at the top of the SoCon’s leaderboard as well, ahead of league legend Stephen Curry.
Magee averaged 18.8 points and three rebounds per game for his career. He also shot 43.5 percent for his career from behind the arc. As a polished shooter, he also did well from the free-throw line, with a career average of 90.8 percent. That is first in SoCon history and sixth in NCAA history. Magee also leads the league in career points produced. He was part of the school’s best season in history, going 30-5 and earning a seven seed in the 2019 NCAA Tournament. He went off for 24 points in the program’s first-ever tournament win over Seton Hall, setting the new NCAA career made threes record in the process.
Guard – Francis Alonso, UNC Greensboro
Francis Alonso was another guard who could stroke it from beyond the arc. He is the school’s career made threes leader and sits second in points. Alonso made two first-teams and always seemed to be the guy who hit key shots when the Spartans needed them.
For his career, he averaged 15.3 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per game. The Spaniard also shot 40.5 percent from three for his career. He has played more games than anyone else in league history. Alonso is also in the top five in made threes, points produced, offensive rating, and free throw percentage. He helped guide UNCG to two regular-season titles, one NCAA Tournament, and one NIT.
Guard – Trey Sumler, Western Carolina
Trey Sumler played for Western Carolina at the beginning of the decade from 2010-14. He was the Southern Conference’s freshman of the year in 2011 and made the first-team twice. Sumler is in the top five in Catamount history in ten career lists, including points and steals.
He averaged 15.1 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 1.4 steals per game for his career. Sumler is second in conference history in points produced and also in the top ten in made free throws and points produced per game. He helped guide the Catamounts to one North Division title when the league was still split that way.
Forward – Jake Cohen, Davidson
Jake Cohen is one of two Davidson players to make this list before the Wildcats bolted for the Atlantic 10 after the 2013-14 season. He was named player of the year twice and also made the first-team twice. He is Davidson’s career leader in blocks and is in the top ten in eight other categories.
For his career, Cohen averaged 13.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game. He is fifth in league history in career player efficiency rating. He is also in the top ten in offensive rating, points produced, and defensive rebounds. Cohen was a key member of two teams that won South Division titles and went to the NCAA Tournament.
Forward – De’Mon Brooks, Davidson
De’Mon Brooks joins Jake Cohen as the other Davidson player on the team. He also won two player of the year awards, splitting the accolade with Cohen in 2012. He made the first-team three times and was an AP All-American honorable mention twice.
Brooks averaged 14.2 points and 6.1 rebounds per game for his career. He is in the top five in Southern Conference history in offensive rating and player efficiency rating. He is also in the top ten in offensive rebounds and two-point field goals. Brooks was a member of three title teams and two NCAA Tournament squads.
Guard – Karl Cochran, Wofford
Karl Cochran played for Wofford from 2011-15. He won the league’s freshman of the year in 2012 and player of the year as a senior in 2015. He was also an AP All-American honorable mention as a senior and the conference tournament’s most outstanding player as a junior. Cochran was one of those players that could not miss once he started to feel it.
For his career, he averaged 14.2 points, five rebounds, and 1.7 steals per game. Cochran is sixth in Southern Conference history in career defensive rebounds, points produced, and defensive rating. He is also seventh in made threes. Cochran helped the Terriers win one regular-season title and play in two NCAA Tournaments.
Guard – Devin Sibley, Furman
Devin Sibley was a member of the Paladins from 2014-18. He captured the freshman of the year accolade in 2015. As a junior, he took home the player of the year award in 2017. Sibley made the first-team twice in his career.
He averaged 13.6 points and 3.7 rebounds per game for his career. Sibley’s stellar junior campaign saw him finish in the top ten in eight statistical categories for the league. For his career, he sits eighth in conference history in points produced. Sibley led Furman to one regular-season title and two CIT appearances.
Guard – Isaiah Miller, UNC Greensboro
Isaiah Miller is the only current player to make the team. He is the league’s most recent player of the year, and he has also won defensive player of the year twice. Miller, who just finished his junior season, has already made two first-teams and is the Spartans’ career steals leader.
Thus far in his career, he has averaged 13.7 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 2.3 steals per game. He is already the conference’s career leader in defensive rating and steal percentage. Miller sits in the top ten of career steals and steals per game as well. He has won one title and been to one NCAA Tournament and has been part of a Greensboro program that has been one of the best in the country over the past few years.
Guard – QJ Peterson, VMI
QJ Peterson played three seasons in the Southern Conference when the Keydets came from the Big South. In those three seasons, he made the first-team twice. Peterson was an explosive scorer who was perfect for VMI’s up-tempo offense.
In his three years in the league, he averaged 19.6 points, 5.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 1.5 steals per game. He is second in conference history in points produced per game and sixth in points produced. Peterson also ranks in the top 15 in five other categories.
Forward – Lucas Troutman, Elon
Lucas Troutman rounds out the team, coming from the old SoCon. He made the first-team twice during his career. Troutman was the conference’s leader in blocks as a junior in 2013.
For his career, he averaged 13.1 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks per game. He is fourth in league history in two-point field goals and ninth in blocks. Troutman is also in the top 15 in four other categories, including block percentage. He helped Elon win one North Division title and play in one CIT.