RICHMOND, Va. (October 6, 2009) The Colonial Athletic Association has announced its men’s basketball Silver Anniversary team, which includes 16 former CAA Players of the Year, nine All-America selections and seven NBA draft picks.
As part of its 25th Anniversary celebration in 2009-10, the CAA is recognizing Silver Anniversary teams in 21 championship sports. The teams are selected by a panel of current and former head coaches in the conference.
Men’s basketball has brought much acclaim to the CAA since the league’s inception in 1985 and the conference has produced numerous standout performers and teams. Five schools have captured four CAA championships George Mason (1989, 1999, 2001, 2008), UNC Wilmington (2000, 2002, 2003, 2006), Old Dominion (1992, 1995, 1997, 2005), Richmond (1988, 1990, 1991, 1998) and VCU (1996, 2004, 2007, 2009). Navy won the first two CAA titles (1986, 1987) and East Carolina (1993) and James Madison (1994) have each claimed one CAA crown.
George Mason became the first CAA school to reach the NCAA Final Four in 2006, defeating Michigan State, North Carolina, Wichita State and Connecticut. Navy advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight in 1986 with victories over Tulsa, Syracuse and Cleveland State. Richmond made the NCAA Sweet 16 in 1988 by beating Indiana and Georgia Tech.
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CAA MEN'S BASKETBALL SILVER ANNIVERSARY TEAM
|Antoine Agudio Hofstra 2004-08 Huntington Station, N.Y.
Four-time All-CAA selection who was the CAA Rookie of the Year in 2004-05
Hofstra’s all-time leading scorer with 2,276 points, which ranks fourth all-time in the CAA
Drained 357 career three-pointers, which is the second-highest total in CAA history
|Ken Atkinson Richmond 1986-90 Northport, N.Y.
Two-time first-team All-CAA pick who was CAA Rookie of the Year in 1986-87
Selected as the Most Valuable Player of the 1990 CAA Tournament
Ranked among the top 10 in UR history in points (1,549) and assists (464)
|Jose Juan Barea Northeastern 2002-06 Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
Named CAA Player of the Year and honorable mention AP All-American in 2005-06
Ranks second all-time at Northeastern in points (2,290) and assists (721)
First player to lead the CAA in scoring (21.0 ppg) and assists (8.4 apg) in the same season
|Curtis Blair Richmond 1988-92 Roanoke, Va.
Honored as the CAA Player of the Year in 1991-92
Two-time first-team All-CAA and three-time CAA All-Tournament team selection
Second-round NBA draft pick who ranks fifth on UR’s career scoring list (1,630 pts)
|Brett Blizzard UNC Wilmington 1999-2003 Tallahassee, Fla.
Two-time CAA Player of the Year who is the only four-time 1st team All-CAA selection
Only player to earn CAA Tournament MVP honors three times
UNCW’s all-time leading scorer (2,144 pts) and the CAA’s career 3-point leader (371)
|Vernon Butler Navy 1982-86 Beltsville, Md.
Three-time first-team all-conference selection
Ranks second on Navy’s career scoring (1,956 pts) and rebounding (1,115 reb.) lists
Helped lead Navy to the Elite Eight of the 1986 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship
|Theodore “Blue” Edwards East Carolina 1986-89 Walstonburg, N.C.
Selected as the CAA Player of the Year in 1988-89
Led the CAA and ranked fifth in the nation in scoring with 26.7 ppg in 1988-89
First-round draft pick of the Utah Jazz who made the NBA All-Rookie second team in 1990
|George Evans George Mason 1997-2001 Portsmouth, Va.
Honored as the CAA Player of the Year in 1998-99, 1999-2000 and 2000-01
Four-time All-CAA selection and two-time CAA Defensive Player of the Year
Among George Mason’s top five in points (1,953), rebounds (953) and blocks (211)
|Brian Gilgeous American 1989-93 Brooklyn, N.Y.
Chosen as the CAA Player of the Year in 1992-93
Three-time first-team All-CAA and CAA All-Defensive team honoree
One of only nine players in CAA history with 2,000 career points (2,013)
|John Goldsberry UNC Wilmington 2002-06 Vandalia, Ohio
Two-time All-CAA selection who was the CAA Defensive Player of the Year in 2004-05
Ranks among the top 10 in CAA history in assists (530) and steals (228)
Set NCAA Tournament record by hitting 8-of-8 three-pointers against Maryland in 2003
|Odell Hodge Old Dominion 1992-97 Martinsville, Va.
CAA Player of the Year and honorable mention All-American in 1993-94 and 1996-97
Among the top 10 in CAA history in points (2,117) and rebounds (1,086)
Chosen as the MVP of the CAA Tournament in 1994 and 1997
|Steve Hood James Madison 1989-91 New Carrollton, Md.
Honored as the CAA Player of the Year in 1989-90 and 1990-91
Holds JMU records for points in a season (682) and career scoring average (21.4 ppg)
Second-round NBA draft pick of the Sacramento Kings
|Bernard Hopkins VCU 1994-96 Baltimore, Md.
Earned CAA Player of the Year and CAA Tournament MVP honors in 1995-96
Averaged a double-double (16.3 ppg/10.1 rpg) for the season in 1995-96
Owns the VC U record for career field goal percentage (57.1%)
|Domonic Jones VCU 2000-04 Chesterfield, Va.
Selected as the CAA Player of the Year and an honorable mention All-American in 2003-04
Named MVP of the 2004 CAA Tournament after leading the Rams to the league title
Ranked sixth on VCU’s career scoring list with 1,616 points
|Jai Lewis George Mason 2002-06 Aberdeen, Md.
Three-time All-CAA selection, including first-team honors in 2003-04 and 2005-06
Helped lead George Mason to the NCAA Final Four in 2006
Among Mason’s career top 10 in points (1,519), rebounds (895) and steals (140)
|Alex Loughton Old Dominion 2002-06 Perth, Australia
Chosen as the CAA Player of the Year and an honorable mention All-American in 2004-05
Three-time All-CAA selection who was also the 2005 CAA Tournament MVP
Among the top 10 in ODU history in scoring (1,646 pts) and rebounding (952 reb)
|Eric Maynor VCU 2005-09 Raeford, N.C.
Two-time CAA Player of the Year and honorable mention All-American (2007-08, 2008-09)
Three-time first-team All-CAA selection and two-time CAA Tournament MVP
First-round NBA draft pick who is VCU’s all-time leader in points (1,953) and assists (674)
|Johnny Newman Richmond 1982-86 Danville, Va.
Three-time honorable mention All-American and first-team all-conference selection
UR’s all-time leading scorer with 2,383 points, which ranks third in CAA history
Played 17 seasons in the NBA, scoring 12,740 points
|David Robinson Navy 1983-87 Woodbridge, Va.
AP Player of the Year, Naismith Player of the Year and Wooden Award Winner in 1987
CAA’s all-time leader in points (2,669), rebounds (1,314) and blocked shots (516)
Ten-time NBA All-Star, three-time Olympian and one of the NBA’s 50 Greatest Players
|Brian Rowsom UNC Wilmington 1983-87 Columbia, N.C.
Three-time All-CAA selection who earned honorable mention AP All-America honors in 1987
Ranks among the top 15 in CAA history in career points (1,974) and rebounds (1,015)
Second-round NBA Draft pick who was a member of the first Charlotte Hornets team
|Kenny Sanders George Mason 1985-89 Washington, D.C.
Honored as the CAA Player of the Year in 1987-88 and Rookie of the Year in 1985-86
Three-time All-CAA and NABC All-District selection (1986-87, 1987-88, 1988-89)
Only player in Mason history with 2,000 points (2,177) and 1,000 rebounds (1,026)
|Petey Sessoms Old Dominion 1991-95 Portsmouth, Va.
CAA Player of the Year in 1994-95 and MVP of the 1995 CAA Tournament
Three-time All-CAA selection who was an honorable mention NABC All-American
Among the top 10 on ODU’s and the CAA’s all-time scoring lists with 1,985 points
|Loren Stokes Hofstra 2003-07 Buffalo, N.Y.
CAA Player of the Year and honorable mention All-American in 2006-07
Three-time first-team All-CAA and NABC All-District honoree
Ranks sixth on the CAA’s all-time scoring list with 2,148 points
|Will Thomas George Mason 2004-08 Baltimore, Md.
Two-time All-CAA and three-time CAA All-Defensive team selection
Among Mason’s career top 10 in points (1,564), rebounds (993) and FG% (61.6%)
Starting forward on George Mason squad that reached the Final Four in 2006
|Doug Wojcik Navy 1984-87 Wheeling, W.Va.
Earned 2nd team All-CAA honors and received Navy’s Calvert Award in 1986-87
Holds CAA records for assists in a season (251) and a career (714)
Starting point guard for Navy team that reached the NCAA’s Elite Eight in 1986