CAA Names Seahawk Trio To Hoops Anniversary Team
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
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.
Ken Atkinson - Richmond - 1986-90 - Northport, N.Y.
Jose Juan Barea - Northeastern - 2002-06 - Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
Curtis Blair - Richmond - 1988-92 - Roanoke, Va.
Brett Blizzard - UNC Wilmington - 1999-2003 - Tallahassee, Fla.
Vernon Butler - Navy - 1982-86 - Beltsville, Md.
Theodore "Blue" Edwards - East Carolina - 1986-89 - Walstonburg, N.C.
George Evans - George Mason - 1997-2001 - Portsmouth, Va.
Brian Gilgeous - American - 1989-93 - Brooklyn, N.Y.
John Goldsberry - UNC Wilmington - 2002-06 - Vandalia, Ohio
Odell Hodge - Old Dominion - 1992-97 - Martinsville, Va.
Steve Hood - James Madison - 1989-91 - New Carrollton, Md.
Bernard Hopkins - VCU - 1994-96 - Baltimore, Md.
Domonic Jones - VCU - 2000-04 - Chesterfield, Va.
Jai Lewis - George Mason - 2002-06 - Aberdeen, Md.
Alex Loughton - Old Dominion - 2002-06 - Perth, Australia
Eric Maynor - VCU - 2005-09 - Raeford, N.C.
Johnny Newman - Richmond - 1982-86 - Danville, Va.
David Robinson - Navy - 1983-87 - Woodbridge, Va.
Brian Rowsom - UNC Wilmington - 1983-87 - Columbia, N.C.
Kenny Sanders - George Mason - 1985-89 - Washington, D.C.
Petey Sessoms - Old Dominion - 1991-95 - Portsmouth, Va.
Loren Stokes - Hofstra - 2003-07 - Buffalo, N.Y.
Will Thomas - George Mason - 2004-08 - Baltimore, Md.
Doug Wojcik - Navy - 1984-87 - Wheeling, W.Va.