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Ain’t Braggin’ if’n you can do it, Part III

Hirsh Earns Player of the Year, Leads Three Men’s Basketball All-SAA Selections

Hirsh Earns Player of the Year, Leads Three Men's Basketball All-SAA Selections

ATLANTA — Berry College’s Elijah Hirsh earned Southern Athletic Association (SAA) Player of the Year honors to lead three total men’s basketball All-Conference honorees, the league office announced on Monday.

Hirsh becomes the first Berry men’s basketball player to earn the SAA Player of the Year award. Myles Moore and Caleb Hanyes were also selected to the All-SAA list.

The Vikings finished the year 19-7 overall and 11-3 in conference play. The season was the best in the team’s NCAA Division III era by far and tied the program’s best record since the 2008-09 season. Berry’s 11 wins in conference play nearly doubled the previous season-high of six set during the 2016-17 season.

Hirsh, a senior from Woodstock, Ga., earned his second straight All-SAA first-team nod. He ranked second in the SAA with 17.5 points per game and led the league with 9.2 rebounds per contest. He was also second in the SAA with 49 blocks on the year. His 455 points and 240 rebounds this year puts him third in Berry’s NCAA DIII era record book for points and boards in a single season. Hirsh closed the season with 11 double-doubles.

Moore, a senior from San Antonio, Texas, was named to the All-SAA second team for the first time in his career. He set the program’s NCAA DIII ear single-season steals record with 53 this season. He was also third in the SAA with 3.9 assists per game. On the year, Moore averaged 10.3 points per game, 4.0 rebounds and shot 74.0% from the free throw line.

Haynes, a junior from Section Ala., was one of the most efficient shooters in the country this season, earning All-SAA honorable mention. On the year, he shot 69.3% from the field to lead the SAA and rank second in NCAA Division III at the conclusion of the conference tournament. He averaged 10.8 points per game and was second only to Hirsh in the SAA with 7.7 rebounds per contest.