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CAA Names Seahawk Trio To Hoops Anniversary Team

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Release: 10/06/2009
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Brian Rowsom, Brett Blizzard and John Goldsberry enjoyed tremendous success during their careers with the Seahawks
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Brian Rowsom, Brett Blizzard and John Goldsberry enjoyed tremendous success during their careers with the Seahawks

      ATLANTA, Ga. - Brian Rowsom, Brett Blizzard and John Goldsberry - three players synonymous with hoops success at UNC Wilmington - have been selected to the Colonial Athletic Association's Silver Anniversary Men's Basketball Team, conference officials announced Tuesday.

            As part of its 25th Anniversary celebration in 2009-10, the CAA is recognizing Silver Anniversary teams in 21 championship sports. The 25-member squad includes 16 former CAA Players of the Year, nine All-America selections and seven NBA draft picks. The team was selected by a panel of current and former head coaches in the conference.

Members of the CAA Silver Anniversary team for men's basketball includes: Antoine Agudio (Hofstra), Ken Atkinson (Richmond), Jose Juan Barea (Northeastern), Curtis Blair (Richmond), Brett Blizzard (UNC Wilmington), Vernon Butler (Navy), Theodore "Blue" Edwards (East Carolina), George Evans (George Mason), Brian Gilgeous (American), John Goldsberry (UNC Wilmington), Odell Hodge (Old Dominion), Steve Hood (James Madison), Bernard Hopkins (VCU), Domonic Jones (VCU), Jai Lewis (George Mason), Alex Loughton (Old Dominion), Eric Maynor (VCU), Johnny Newman (Richmond), David Robinson (Navy), Brian Rowsom (UNC Wilmington), Kenny Sanders (George Mason), Petey Sessoms (Old Dominion), Loren Stokes (Hofstra), Will Thomas (George Mason) and Doug Wojcik (Navy).

      Rowsom, a versatile power forward from Columbia, N.C., was the school's all-time leading scorer and rebounder for 15 years before Blizzard broke the longtime scoring record in 2003. The 6-9, 235-pound Rowsom enjoyed several historic battles with Navy star David Robinson and became a three-time All-CAA selection, earning Honorable Mention All-America honors in 1987. Rowsom was a second-round NBA draft pick and still ranks among the top 15 in CAA history in career points (1,974) and rebounds (1,015).

      The crafty Blizzard, who hailed from Tallahassee, Fla., powered the Seahawks to three NCAA Tournament appearances and an NIT berth during his ultra-successful career from 2000-03. He is the only player in the history of the CAA to earn First-Team honors four consecutive years and was selected the circuit's Player-of-the-Year in 2002 and 2003. He is also the only player to collect CAA Tournament MVP honors three times and closed out his career with a school-best 2,144 points and remains the CAA's career 3-point leader with 371 treys.

      Goldsberry was a two-time All-CAA selection who earned Defensive Player-of-the-Year honors in 2004-05. The Vandalia, Ohio, sparkplug set an NCAA Tournament record by hitting 8-of-8 trifectas against Maryland on March 21, 2003, and ranks among the top 10 in CAA history in points (2,117) and rebounds (1,086).

CAA MEN'S BASKETBALL 25TH 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

     


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