BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Prairie View A&M University forward Devonte Patterson was named the 2019-20 Southwestern Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Year. The announcement comes as part of the league’s announcement of its 2019-20 all-conference teams and individual specialty award recipients.
Jackson State’s Jayveous McKinnis was tabbed Defensive Player of the Year, Mississippi Valley State’s Caleb Hunter earned Freshman of the Year accolades, and Roland Griffin was named Newcomer of the Year. Prairie View A&M coach Byron Smith was voted Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season.
The teams and individual awards were voted on by the league’s head coaches and sports information directors.
Patterson was third in the league in points per game (15.8) per game and ranked fourth in rebounds per game (6.4 rpg) while also ranking near the top of the conference in field-goal percentage (.463).
McKinnis averaged 9.3 points per game and led the league in blocks at 1.9 per outing and served as a key factor for a JSU defense that ranked second in the league in points allowed per game (67.4 ppg).
Hunter ranked fourth in the league averaging 15.7 points per game and ranked second in three-point field goal percentage (.278).
Griffin was a key member for the Jackson State Tigers this season ranking sixth in the league in points per game (15.3 ppg) and third in rebounding (6.5 rpg).
Smith guided the Panthers to their second regular-season championship since 2003, posting a 14-4 record in SWAC play (19-13 SWAC). Prairie View A&M’s offense averaged more than 71 points per game, ranking third in the conference
The entire list of honorees and all-conference selections are listed below.
2019-20 SWAC Men’s Basketball All-Conference Teams/Individual Specialty Awards
All-SWAC Men’s Basketball First Team
G – Tyrik Armstrong, Texas Southern
G – Gerard Andrus, Prairie View A&M
F – Devonte Patterson, Prairie View A&M
F – Roland Griffin, Jackson State
G – Ivy Smith, Jr., Grambling State
All-SWAC Men’s Basketball Second Team
G – Tristan Jarrett, Jackson State
G – Troymain Crosby, Alcorn State
G – Tobi Ewosho, Alabama State
F – DeVante Jackson, Grambling State
F – Yahuza Rasas, Texas Southern
Player of the Year
Devonte Patterson, Prairie View A&M
Defensive Player of the Year
Jayveous McKinnis, Jackson State
Freshman of the Year
Caleb Hunter, Mississippi Valley State
Newcomer of the Year
Roland Griffin, Jackson State
Coach of the Year
Byron Smith, Prairie View A&M