March 5, 2007
PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's sophomore Ahmad Nivins has been named to the Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team and junior Pat Calathes was chosen to the All-Conference Third Team in voting conducted among the conference's head coaches. Freshman Jawan Carter was selected to the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team.
Nivins, an All-Rookie selection in 2006, joins a select group of Hawks to earn first-team honors in recent years- Pat Carroll (2005); Jameer Nelson (2002, 2003, 2004); Delonte West (2003, 2004); and Marvin O'Connor (2001). Calathes receives All-League recognition for the first time in his career and SJU now has a string of eight consecutive years with at least one All-Conference honoree. Carter gives the Hawks All-Rookie selections in back-to-back seasons.
Nivins is the Hawks' top scorer and rebounder with career-best averages of 16.6 and 7.5, respectively. The 6-9 center leads the league in field goal percentage converting 63.2 percent from the field. He has scored in double figures in all but five games and has posted 20-plus points on eight occasions.
Calathes, a 6-10 swing player, also posted career best numbers this season. He ranks second on the team in scoring (14.4 ppg) and rebounding (7.1 rpg), while leading the squad In assists with 3.7. He ranks among the top 10 in the league in five different categories, and is the Hawks' leader in free throw percentage, making 83.6 percent of his attempts.
Carter, a 6-0 point guard, has made 26 starts in his rookie season. He's averaged 7.6 points and 2.3 assists per game. Carter has tallied double figures eight times this season.
Massachusetts senior Stephane Lasme was named both the Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year; Robert Mitchell of Duquesne was the Rookie of the Year; Temple's Dionte Christmas earned the Chris Daniels Award winner as the league's most improved player; Charles Little of Dayton was the Sixth Man of the Year; and Rhode Island's Jim Baron was selected Coach of the Year. Kieron Achara of Duquesne garnered Student-Athlete of the Year distinction in voting among the league's sports information directors.
Saint Joseph's opens play in the Atlantic 10 Championship on Wednesday, March 7, when the Hawks face city rival Temple at 9 p.m. at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall in a first-round matchup.