Petty, Merriweather, Carter earn SSAC honors

Men’s Basketball – Wed, Mar. 3, 2021

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – For the third time in four years, Stillman College is home to its conference player of the year.  Trey Petty, a senior guard from Huntsville, Alabama, was named the Southern States Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Co-Player of the Year on March 3. He shares the honor with Faulkner University’s C.J. Williamson.

Petty is joined on the All-SSAC First Team by point guard Devin Merriweather and Ladarius Carter is a All-SSAC Second Team selection.

Leading Stillman in scoring, Petty averages 18.6 points through 19 games played, which ranks second in the SSAC. His 1.7 steals is also second in the league, while he leads the conference with a 45.5% 3-point shooting percentage. He has 754 career points at Stillman entering next week’s NAIA Tournament. A two-time SSAC Player of the Week, Petty posted a triple-double in the Tigers’ season-opener on Jan. 5 and scored in double figures 16 of 19 games played. He had eight 20-point games, including two games scoring more than 30 points. He averaged 6.8 rebounds through the season, including 2.95 offensive rebounds, which is fourth in the SSAC.

“Trey does so much more than score the ball. He’s your leader on and off the floor. He’s not just vocal with it, he does it by action. He’s the hardest worker we’ve got, and by far he deserves it. He’s been an honor to coach,” Stillman head coach John Teasley said. “He’s done it all. He guards the best player every night on defense and is our spark on offense. He’s been consistent.”
Petty joins former teammate Prince McDaniel as Stillman’s other SSAC Player of the Year after McDaniel received the honor in 2019. Rafael Adams was named the A.I.I. Player of the Year in 2018.

Merriweather earns his first All-SSAC First Team selection after leading the SSAC west with 5.06 assists per game, which is 20th in the NAIA. The Greene County, Alabama native averaged 16.5 points per game, scoring 11 or more in all 16 games played. He had four 20-point games, including a career-high 29 points at Blue Mountain College in mid January. He produced three double-doubles in scoring and assists, topping out at 11 assists twice. Merriweather made the highlight reel for the season with two buzzer-beater shots in February, one to send a game at William Carey to overtime, and another to beat No. 16 Loyola at home.

“Devin’s a floor general. He knows what we’re looking for on offense. He’s a true point guard. He’s been a joy to coach. I knew a long time ago how good he could be,” Teasley said. “We didn’t have a lot of time to work, and he’s had an outstanding year. His teammates feed off him and get him. They believe in him.”

York, Alabama native Carter is a Second Team selection after averaging 13.1. points per game for the TIgers. He is one of three Stillman players to start all 19 games of the 2020-21 season. His 3.158 3-pointers made per game ranks No. 21 in the nation. He scored in double figures 15 times, including 21 in the SSAC quarterfinals and 22 on the road in early January. Carter  led the SSAC Tournament with 13 3-point baskets. His 49 points were the second-most in the tournament to also earn SSAC All-Tournament honors.  

“LD had one of the best tournaments I’ve ever seen a player play. He’s been doing that all year, but the tournament gave a chance to show off what he does. He’s solid on D,” Teasley said.

In addition to Carter, Virgil Fields was named to the SSAC All-Tournament team. He is Stillman’s leading rebounder with 8.33 per game and 25 total, ranking fifth among tournament players. He averaged 5.33 points per game.

David Reynolds is Stillman’s section to the SSAC Champions of Character Team.

No. 14 Stillman College (16-3), the SSAC West Division champion, finished runner-up in the SSAC Championship to East Division champ Faulkner University, 67-64. The Eagles (25-2) are No. 7 in the NAIA.

Stillman recorded an 85-52 win over Brewton-Parker College in the SSAC quarterfinals, the largest margin of victory of all seven games. Stillman beat No. 16 Loyola, 63-62, in the semifinals. Stillman College and Faulkner University receive an automatic bid to the NAIA Tournament.

The NAIA Tournament bracket will be revealed Thursday, March 4 at 7 p.m. live on the NAIA Facebook page,

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