March 6, 2006
PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's Abdulai Jalloh (District Heights, MD) and Chet Stachitas (Ponte Vedra Beach, FL) have been named to the 2006 Atlantic 10 All-Conference Second Team as voted on by the league's coaches. Freshman Ahmad Nivins (Jersey City, NJ) was chosen to the All-Rookie Team.
Stachitas was also named to the Atlantic 10 All-Academic Team for the second year in a row. He is a marketing major with a 3.24 grade-point average.
Atlantic 10 Player of the Year honors went to Steven Smith of La Salle, while Stephane Lasme (Massachusetts) was chosen as the Defensive Player of the Year. Ian Vouyoukas (Saint Louis) won the Chris Daniels Award as the league's most improved player, Maureece Rice (George Washington) was named the Sixth Man of the Year, and Karl Hobbs (George Washington) was voted the Coach of the Year. Brian Thornton (Xavier) was named the Student-Athlete of the Year as voted by the league's sports information directors.
Jalloh is the Hawks' leader in scoring (14.7 ppg) and rebounding (5.3), while he ranks among the top free throw shooters in the conference at 82.1 percent. Jalloh has scored in double figures 20 times this season, and in 13 of the Hawks' 15 victories. He tallied a career-high 30 points earlier this year against Ohio State.
Stachitas, a 6-5 senior swing player, is SJU's second leading scorer with a 12.9 average. He currently ranks second in the league, hitting 83.0 percent of his free throws, as the Hawks are the top free-throw shooting team in the nation (79.3 percent). Stachitas, who leads the team with a 3-point field goal percentage of 38.3, has scored double figures 19 times this season.
Nivins, a 6-9 forward, started the first 12 games of his career, but has since seen action as one of the first players off the bench. He is the team's second leading rebounder with 5.2 per game, while leading the Hawks in blocked shots with a 1.2 average.
It marks the seventh consecutive year that the Hawks have had at least one All-Conference selection. Nivins' selection marks the first time since 2000-01 that the Hawks have been represented on the All-Rookie Team, when Jameer Nelson earned the honor.
Fifth-seeded Saint Joseph's opens play in the 2006 Atlantic 10 Championship in Cincinnati on Wednesday, when it faces 12th-seeded Dayton at 2 p.m.