USM's Watson, Craig make all-conference

Posted by PATRICK MAGEE on March 10, 2014 

Southern Miss senior point guard Neil Watson and senior forward Michael Craig were both honored by Conference USA on Monday.

Watson made the All-Conference USA First Team while Craig made third-team All-Conference USA.

Watson has made a team-best 30 starts as the Golden Eagles' leading scorer (10.8 ppg).

He leads Conference USA and ranks fourth nationally in free throw percentage (.933), including a string of 51 consecutive free throws to set a school record.

Watson is only the second player in school history to reach 1,000 points, 450 assists, 250 rebounds and 125 steals for his career.

Craig, who averages 10.7 points a game, is USM's leading rebounder with an average of 7.2 a contest. USM begins play in the Conference USA Tournament at 7 p.m. on Thursday in El Paso Texas.

2013-14 ALL-CONFERENCE USA FIRST TEAM

Pablo Bertone, Florida Atlantic, Sr., 6-2, 198, G, Arroyito, Argentina

Chad Frazier, UAB, Jr., 6-4, 190, G, Charlotte, N.C.

Shawn Jones, Middle Tennessee, Sr., 6-8, 236, F, Hialeah, Fla.

Kenneth "Speedy" Smith, Louisiana Tech, Jr., G, St. Petersburg, Fla.

Neil Watson, Southern Miss, Sr., 5-11, 170, G, Kansas City, Kan.

2013-14 ALL-CONFERENCE USA SECOND TEAM

Vince Hunter, UTEP, Fr., 6-8, 200, F, Detroit, Mich.

Tymell Murphy, FIU, Sr., 6-5, 215, F, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Akeem Richmond, East Carolina, Sr., 6-0, 180, Sanford, N.C.

Julian Washburn, UTEP, Jr., 6-8, 210, F, Duncanville, Texas

James Woodard, Tulsa, So., 6-3, 183, G, Arcadia, Okla.

2013-14 ALL-CONFERENCE USA THIRD TEAM 

John Bohannon, UTEP, Sr., 6-11, 210, C, Lancaster, Texas

Kareem Canty, Marshall, Fr., 6-1, 180, G, Harlem, N.Y.

Michael Craig, Southern Miss, Sr., 6-5, 230, F, Phoenix, Ariz.

Alex Hamilton, Louisiana Tech, So., G, Chipley, Fla.

Pierriá Henry, Charlotte, Jr., 6-4, 188, G, Charleston, W.Va.

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