Freshman forward Malcolm Smith was named to the Atlantic Sun All-Freshman Team, the conference office announced Monday.
The Clarksville, Tenn., native averages 9.9 points and 4.4 rebounds in 30 games. He started seven of the final eight games on the season.
“Malcolm has been relentless this season playing a lot against bigger five-men,” said Lipscomb coach Scott Sanderson. “He’s a hard worker and very deserving of this honor.”
Smith scored in double digits 14 times this season and had at least 20 points three times. He posted a high of 22 points against Mercer on Dec. 1 as he went 6-of-9 from the field and 10-of-10 from the free throw line.
Smith shoots 47.1 percent from the field and 62.1 percent (105-169) from the free throw line.
USC Upstate earned three of the league’s top four awards. Torrey Craig was named Player of the Year, Ty Greene was selected as Freshman of the Year, and Eddie Payne was tabbed as Coach of the Year. Belmont’s Ian Clark was named Defensive Player of the Year.
Lipscomb opens the 2012 Atlantic Sun Championship as the No. 7 seed against No. 2 seed Mercer Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. central in Macon, Ga. The game will be carried on ESPN3 and 102.5 The Game.