FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University senior 6-0 center Jontell Johnson and sophomore 6-6 forward Louis McCullough were both named to their respective Peach Belt Conference All-Conference basketball teams. The conference’s annual awards were announced Saturday morning prior to the PBC Tournament semifinal games.
Both Johnson (Charleston, SC – James Island High School) and McCullough (Goose Creek, SC – Garrett Tech) were named second-team All-Conference performers.
Entering Saturday’s semifinal contest against 12th-ranked Columbus State University, Johnson led FMU in scoring (15.3 ppg), rebounding (8.3 rpg), field goal percentage (52.5%), free throw percentage (77.6%), blocked shots (65), steals (43), and minutes played (31.6 mpg). She has also produced 11 double-doubles.
Twice this season she was named the PBC women’s basketball “Player of the Week.” She ranked in the top 10 in seven conference statistical categories.
She is the conference’s all-time leader in blocked shots with 229, and entering Saturday’s game need only 13 points to become the 23rd player in Patriot history to score 1,000 career points. She has also hauled down 811 career rebounds and shot 50.4 percent from the field in 118 career games.
McCullough led the Francis Marion men in scoring (13.9 ppg) despite coming off the Patriot bench. He also averaged 7.4 rpg, while shooting 52.0 percent from the floor, including 45.8 percent from beyond the three-point arc, and 64.8 percent from the free throw line. He handed out 33 assists, blocked 29 shots, and recorded 21 steals. He posted seven double-doubles.
He ranked in the top 15 in nine conference statistical categories, and earned the PBC men’s basketball “Player of the Week” award during the final week of January.
McCullough helped lead FMU to a 13-14 record and a third-place finish in the PBC’s North Division. Coming off a 4-23 season in 2001-02, the Patriots were picked to finish 11th (out of 12 teams) in the preseason coaches’ poll.
In only two seasons, McCullough has already amassed 812 career points and 409 career rebounds.