April 14, 2005
PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's Pat Carroll has been named the Philadelphia Big 5's Outstanding Player of the Year as chosen by the Herb Good Basketball Club. He will receive the Robert V. Geasey Trophy at the Club's 60th Annual Banquet on Monday, April 25, held at Colleen's, at 22nd Street and the Parkway in the city.
It marks the second consecutive year that a Hawk player has received the Big 5's top award, as Jameer Nelson was the winner in 2003-04.
Carroll 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.
SJU junior center Dwayne Jones has been 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.
Hawks' junior point guard Dwayne Lee will receive 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.
The Herb Good Banquet begins at 6 p.m. with a reception, with the dinner and awards program starting at 6:45. Tickets can be obtained for the banquet by calling the Big 5 office at 215-898-4747.