USM's Draine Named C-USA's co-Sixth Man of the Year

By FROM SOUTHERN MISS,

FRISCO, Texas – Southern Miss sophomore guard LaDavius Draine, arguably Conference USA's most lethal three-point shooter, was named the league's Co-Sixth Man of the Year on Tuesday afternoon.

Draine shares this year's honor with Florida Atlantic's Xavian Stapleton. He is the second Golden Eagle ever to win the award, joining Neil Watson on the 2011-12 NCAA Tournament squad.

The Calhoun City, Miss., native now has 69 made three-pointers, which is No. 9 in school history. He is second in C-USA play with a 48.6 percent clip. He has 26 more three-pointers than any other sophomore in program history, and his 46.6 percentage currently bests Casey Fisher (46.3 percent in 1987-88) for the best single-season deep clip at the school.

Draine is averaging 11.3 points per game with three starts, all early in the year. He is averaging 22.9 minutes per game with a 49.2 percent overall shooting clip (and 77.5 percent from the foul line). He has 23 double-figure scoring games in his career, with 20 against league competition.

His offensive efforts have helped the Golden Eagles to the best field goal (47.8 percent) and deep ball (41.2) percentages in C-USA action. 

Southern Miss (19-11, 11-7 C-USA) is the No. 3 seed at this week's championships and will play the winner of Rice and Marshall at 9 p.m. CT on Thursday night.