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Four College of Charleston basketball stars earn All-CAA honors

Four College of Charleston basketball stars earn All-CAA honors

CHARLESTON, South Carolina – Four Charleston Basketball stars have won All-Colonial Athletic Association awards, the league office announced Friday. Seniors John Meeks and Dimitrius Underwood were named to the All-CAA Second Team and All-CAA Third Team, respectively, and freshmen Reyne Smith and Ben Burnham were named to the CAA All-Rookie Team. Underwood added a CAA-All Defensive Team accolade.

Meeks extended Charleston’s streak of at least one All-CAA First or Second Team player to six seasons with his nod to the second team. The graduate transfer is CofC’s top scorer this season, averaging a team-high 13.7 points per game, while shooting 46% from the field and 78.8% from the foul line. Meeks has buried 34 triples this season and ranks 14th in the CAA in assists with 61-plus.

The Burlington, North Carolina senior surpassed the 1,000 career points mark on Feb. 12 at UNCW. He racked up 18 double-digit performances in 25 games. Meeks will end his college career with three straight seasons of All-Conference recognition after earning Third Team All-Patriot League honors in 2020 and 2021 at Bucknell.

Underwood made the Division III transition seamlessly, staging a historic CofC campaign. The graduate transfer from Mesquite, Texas led Charleston in rebounds, assists and steals, averaging 11.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.2 steals. Underwood is the only player in CofC history with at least 300 points, 200 rebounds, 100 assists and 60 steals in the same season. He and Meeks are the first Cougar duo to earn spots on All-Conference teams since Grant Riller and Jarrell Brantley in 2018-19.

Underwood was one of five CAA players to secure a spot on the CAA All-Defensive Team. He led the league and ranked in the National Top 25 in steals per game with 2.2. Underwood’s 65 total steals ranks ninth nationally this season and the most by a Cougar since Brevin Galloway’s 69 in 2019-20. Going into the playoffs, his 65 interceptions are the eighth in a single season in CofC history.

Smith and Burnham made up 40% of the All-CAA Rookie team. They are the first CofC freshman duo to both be named to the All-Rookie Team since Brantley and Marquise Pointer in 2015-16. Smith and Burnham joined an esteemed group of six Cougar freshmen to earn All-Rookie honor since CofC joined CAA, which includes Brantley, Pointer, Riller and Canyon Barry.

Smith made history in his first campaign in Charleston, breaking the CofC’s all-time freshman record for 3s with 87-plus. This currently ranks sixth all-time in a single season at the CofC, regardless of class. Smith led all CAA freshmen in scoring with 12.4 points per game (second most on the team) and ranked second overall in 3 points per game (2.9 ) and second overall in free throw percentage (92.3). He ranks third nationally among all Division I freshmen in 3 years. Smith has hit five threes in a game eight times this season, the second most in program history behind Andrew Goudelock’s nine.

Burnham has started 24 of 30 games for CofC, averaging 7.9 points and 4.3 rebounds while shooting 47.7 percent from the field and tallying 14 blocks and 19 steals. Burnham had at least eight points 18 times as a rookie and scored in double figures 10 times. The North Carolina freshman has been stellar in the final streak, tallying 10.6 points over the final five games of the season. Burnham is a top-flight forward whose poster jams have been featured on Sportscenter’s Top 10 Games.

Meeks, Underwood, Smith, Burnham and the rest of the Cougars now look to the CAA Tournament, which begins Sunday night at 8:30 p.m. ET against Hofstra. The quarterfinal game in Washington, DC will be broadcast on FloSports.