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Deveaux, Ashley win SSC honors

As a junior last year at the University of Tampa, DeCarlo Deveaux led the Sunshine State Conference in scoring and was named the league's player of the year.

An even better individual effort this season was overshadowed by the murder in Miami last month of Deveaux's older brother, Drexel, a former UT star. SSC coaches recognized DeCarlo Deveaux Wednesday, again selecting him as the conference's player of the year.

A 6-5 senior guard from the Bahamas, Deveaux led the SSC with 27.1 points per game this season. With 2,173 career points, he is within 72 of UT's all-time record, held by Todd Linder. Deveaux was a second-team NCAA Division II All-American last year, when he averaged 23.8 points per game.

Deveaux dedicated the award to his slain brother, whose No. 32 jersey he plans to wear for the remainder of the season. UT (19-7) faces Rollins in a quaerterfinal round of the SSC tournament at 8:30 p.m. Friday.

Also earning the player of the year honor was Crystal Ashley, a 5-10 junior center for the UT women's team. Ashley, from Safety Harbor, played at Countryside High. This year, she is averaging 15.2 points and 9.3 rebounds per game, leading the Spartans (21-5) to their first-ever SSC regular-season title, and a school-record number of victories as well as a current nine-game wining streak.

Both the SSC men's and women's post-season tournaments will be played at UT's Bob Martinez Sports Center this weekend.