CHARLESTON, S.C. - College of Charleston's Andrew Goudelock (pronounced GOWD-lock) was tabbed 2011 Southern Conference Bob Waters Male Athlete of the Year as announced by the league office on Tuesday.
Goudelock, a 6-foot-3 senior guard from Stone Mountain, Ga., is the first-ever Cougar to earn the Athlete of the Year Award. He was named 2011 SoCon Men's Basketball Player of the Year and earned All-America honorable mention honors from The Associated Press. Goudelock led the Cougars to a 26-11 overall record under SoCon Coach of the Year Bobby Cremins, a regular-season championship title with a 14-4 league mark and an appearance in the NIT Quarterfinals. He averaged a conference-leading 23.7 points per game which also ranked fourth nationally among NCAA Division I scoring leaders.
"This is such an honor and I am humbled," Goudelock said. "I would like to thank the Southern Conference, administrators and media voters for considering me for this award. I hope to make CofC, the SoCon and mid-major schools across the country proud, as I pursue my dream of playing in the NBA."
A four-time SoCon Player of the Week selection, Goudelock scored at least 20 points in 27 games and topped the 30-point plateau six times, including a school-record 39-point effort against Dayton in the NIT First Round. He finished his career as CofC's all-time leading scorer with 2,571 points, which ranks third all-time in SoCon history. He became just the 62nd player in NCAA history to record 2,500 points and ranks 39th on the NCAA's all-time scoring list.
A sociology major at The College, Goudelock was selected as the CofC Male Scholar-Athlete of the Month Award recipient this past December. During his four-year career in the Lowcountry, he spent time as a counselor at various youth summer basketball camps and volunteered his time working with the Charleston Boys & Girls Club. Goudelock capped his career off by being crowned the 2011 Mercedez-Benz Three-Point Champion and leading scorer of the West squad at the 2011 NABC All-Star Game held at the 2011 NCAA Final Four in Houston, Texas.
Goudelock is currently traveling across the country with tryouts scheduled throughout the month of June with at least 17 different NBA teams including the New Jersey Nets, Detroit Pistons, Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Lakers, leading up to the 2011 NBA Draft on June 23 in Newark, N.J. He is listed among the best shooters in the 2011 draft class next to BYU's Jimmer Fredette.
The Athlete of the Year Awards are selected annually by the Southern Conference athletics directors and a media member representing each conference school. The award recognizes athletic achievement, academic performance and civic involvement. Prior to 1990-91, the award was selected solely by members of the Southern Conference Sports Media Association. Beginning in 1991-92, the men's award was named after the late Bob Waters, who was Western Carolina's head football coach from 1969-88.