April 26, 2005
PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's Pat Carroll earned the Robert V. Geasey Trophy as the Philadelphia Big 5's Outstanding Player at the Herb Good Basketball Club's 60th Annual Banquet. Teammates Dwayne Jones and Dwayne Lee were also honored, as Jones was a second team All-Big 5 selection and Lee earned the league's Most Improved Player award.
Carroll's selection as the top player marks the fourth time in five years that a Hawk has won the Big 5's honor, and the 11th time in the history of the league. Jameer Nelson won it last season and in 2002-03, while Marvin O'Connor captured the honor in 2000-01.
Carroll, who was also honored as the Big 5's top scorer (with 640 points), was joined on the All-Big 5 First Team by Steven Smith of La Salle, Mardy Collins of Temple and Allan Ray and Curtis Sumpter of Villanova.
Jones was named to the All-Big 5 Second Team along with Tim Begley and Ibrahim Jaaber of Penn, and Randy Foye and Mike Nardi of Villanova. Lee received the award for the Big 5's Most Improved Player.
Carroll ended his career as one of SJU's finest perimeter shooters while putting together his best season in a Hawk uniform. He owns the school records for career 3-point field goals (294), 3-point percentage (44.5) and 3-point attempts (661), while setting the single-season marks this year for 3-pointers (135) and attempts (311). The 6-5 forward tallied 1,324 points in his career, ranking him 22nd on the SJU all-time list.
Carroll was the Atlantic 10 Co-Player of the Year and an Associated Press Honorable Mention All-America after leading the Hawks in scoring with 18.3 points per game. Despite missing the first game with a shoulder injury, the senior co-captain netted double figures in all but four games. He was named to the All-District Teams by both the USBWA and the NABC, and was the Most Outstanding Player of the Atlantic 10 Championship.
Jones became the first Hawk since 1995-96 to average a double-double with 10.1 points and a team-high 11.6 rebounds and was the 27th player in Atlantic 10 history to achieve the feat. He ranked fifth in the nation in rebounding and also fifth in blocked shots with his average of 3.0.
Jones was named the 2005 Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year, while earning All-Conference Second Team honors. The junior was also named to the Atlantic 10 All-Championship Team and the NIT All-Tournament Team. He set Saint Joseph's postseason records for career rebounds (105) and blocks (33).
Lee took over as the Hawks' starting point guard from last year's National Player of the Year Jameer Nelson. The junior put up career-best numbers with 9.4 points and 5.2 assists per game, while leading the Atlantic 10 in assists and ranking second in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.0). Lee scored in double figures in 17 games, while averaging the most minutes on the team - 36.1.