GoLocal’s All-Rhode Island Hoop Teams
Friday, April 04, 2014
A banner year in Rhode Island college basketball? For some, it sure was. For others, it's the promise of better days ahead.
The 2013-14 basketball season had more than its fair share of surprises - Providence College claiming the Big East Tournament championship, for one. After having to work through injury and suspension to key players earlier in the year, having the Friars sit on top of the Big East at the end - for just the 2nd time in program history - is a significant accomplishment, no doubt. Brown played in a post-season tournament for just the fifth time in its history, and hosted a home post-season game for the very first time. Bryant managed to win 18 games and finish 3rd in the Northeast Conference in just their second full season as playoff-eligible at the Division I level. And URI, while finishing the season at 14-18, offers plenty of promise for the season ahead...led by one of the country's top freshman players.
Our 1st and 2nd team performers in Division I, plus the Player of the Year and Coach of the Year are featured below.
In the small school ranks, where several all-region and all-American players have come from in recent years, notable performances this past season include:
Anthony Jernigan (15.6 points, 4.1 assists, 2.5 steals) and Pat Marchand (15.1 points, 8.2 rebounds). The Knights finished the season 18-13 overall.
Rhode Island College
Austin Cilley (12.4 points, 2.3 assists) and Chris Burton (12 points, 6.3 rebounds). Cilley, a freshman guard from Westerly and Burton, a junior forward from New Rochelle, NY, led the Anchormen into the NCAA Division III tournament for an 8th straight year. RIC also won the Little East Conference tournament in a 20-9 season.
Ryan Palumbo (13.5 points) and Chris Bardwell (13.8 points, 6.6 rebounds). The Hawks finished the season 10-16 in the Commonwealth Coast Conference. Palumbo, a 5-10 junior guard from Warwick, and Bardwell, a 6-6 freshman forward from North Andover, MA, were named to the all-CCC 2nd and 3rd teams, with Bardwell also named as the conference Rookie of the Year.
Barrett Hanlon (19 points), Jeff Bielefeld (13.5 points, 8.9 rebounds) and Patrick Dinneen (16.7 points). Hanlon, a sophomore guard who transferred from Bentley, was named to the all-Great Northeast Athletic Conference 1st team after leading the league in scoring. Bielefeld finished 3rd in the conference in rebounding and was picked for the 2nd team, and fellow senior Dinneen finished in the top five in scoring and was named to the all-conference 3rd team. The Seahawks finished the year 17-11 overall.
Johnson & Wales
Quarry Greenaway (18.9 points, 7.6 rebounds), Esaie Touze (15.6 points, 8.3 rebounds) and Robert Lewis (14.5 points). Touze, a junior from Providence who transferred from CCRI, was named the Most Outstanding Player of the ECAC New England Championships, averaging 27 points and 17 rebounds in three Wildcat wins. Touze was named to the all-GNAC 2nd team, while Greenaway was named to the 1st team, finishing 5th in the conference in scoring and 6th in rebounding. Senior Curtis Lucas was also selected as a 3rd team all-GNAC pick. The Wildcats won the ECAC New England Division III Championship, finishing 23-7.
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GoLocalProv's John Rooke, Scott Cordischi, Jack Andrade and Michael Parente jump in on the best players from Rhode Island's Division I teams in the 2013-14 college basketball season.
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Player of the Year
1st team: Bryce Cotton, Providence
The MVP for the 2014 Big East Championship, Cotton led the nation in minutes played, led the league in assists (5.9) and finished second in scoring (21.8 points per game, 9th in the country), while also ranking in the Top 5 in free throw percentage most of the year (85%). In addition to being named 1st team all-Big East, Cotton was also selected as an all-American by NBCSports (2nd team) and the Associated Press (honorable mention). He finishes his PC career ranked 4th all-time in scoring at Providence with 1975 points. (friarbasketball.com)
1st team: Sean McGonagill, Brown
McGonagill finished the season with his second straight 1st team all-Ivy League selection as a senior, leading the team and finishing 2nd in the Ivies in scoring (17.7 points per game). He led the Ivy League in assist/turnover ratio (2.4), ranked second in the Ivy League in three-point baskets (2.9 per game) and fourth in the league in assists (4.1 per game). McGonagill ends his Brown career 3rd in school scoring (1608 points), 20th in Ivy history; his 257 career three-pointers are a Brown record and 6th in the Ivy record books. (brownbears.com)
1st team: Alex Francis, Bryant
Francis grabbed his second straight 1st team all-Northeast Conference honor, finishing his senior season averaging 18.6 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. Francis is just the third player in Bryant history and sixth player in the NEC record books to surpass 2000 career points (2085), and he also became the first player in the NEC to finish in the top-5 on both the all-time scoring and rebounding lists. Francis ends his Bryant career 5th in scoring, 4th in rebounding (990). (bryantbulldogs.com)
1st team: Xavier Munford, URI
Snubbed by the Atlantic-10 on their post-season all-conference teams, Munford led the Rams and finished 6th in the A-10 in scoring (16.9 points per game) for his senior season. Over the past two years, Munford has scored 20+ points on 21 occasions - second-most in the A-10. He was named to the 2013 USBWA All-District I team, after finishing the year at 17.4 ppg, 2nd in the A-10. In his two URI seasons, Munford became the 51st player in school history to hit 1000 career points. (rhodyrampage.com)
1st team: Kadeem Batts, Providence
Batts was named 2nd team all-Big East this past season as the Friars won 23 games, after being named as the league's Most Improved Player last year as a junior. This season, he averaged 12.3 points and 7.4 rebounds per game with 10 double-doubles, and led the Big East in offensive rebounds (3.3). Batts completes his PC career with 1289 points, 23rd in school history, and 11th in rebounding (780). (playforthegarden.com)
2nd team: E.C. Matthews, URI
Matthews is a finalist for National Freshman of the Year, and was named Co-Rookie of the Year in the Atlantic-10. He averaged 14.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game, and the Detroit native was one of just three freshmen nationally to average at least 14 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 2.0 assists during the regular season. Matthews ranked second in the A-10 among freshmen overall in scoring and third in rebounding and assists. (pickinsplinters.com)
2nd team: LaDontae Henton, Providence
Henton finished his junior season strong, and was named to the Big East all-tournament team. He was second on the team in scoring (14.0 points) and led the Friars in rebounding (7.9 per game). A solid shooter from the outside, Henton's inside game is his strength - finishing 2nd in the league in rebounds overall. He also finished 5th in the Big East in steals, 14th in free throw percentage, 15th in field goal percentage, 2nd in defensive rebounds and 2nd in minutes played. (zimbio.com)
2nd team: Dyami Starks, Bryant
Starks was a four-time NEC Player of the Week as a junior in 2013-14, and was named to the all-NEC 2nd team. He started the year by scoring 35 points against then nationally-ranked Gonzaga, finishing the regular season fourth in the Northeast Conference with 18.9 points per game. Starks scored more than 30 points on five occasions, finished 3rd in the NEC in threes (2.9 per game) and has scored 1095 points in his two seasons in Smithfield. (bryantbulldogs.com)
2nd team: Cedric Kuakumensah, Brown
Kuakumensah was the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season after breaking his own school record with 90 blocked shots, just two short of the Ivy League single season record. He is the second player in Ivy history to repeat as Defensive Player of the Year. Averaging 8.9 points and 7.0 rebounds per game for the Bears, Kuakumensah posted double-doubles in four of Brown's last five games. (brownbears.com)
2nd team: (Tie) Corey Maynard, Bryant
Maynard finished his senior season at 13.3 points per game, third on the Bryant team in scoring, and was named to the 3rd team all-NEC squad. Playing off of the ball for most of his career, he took over the starting point guard duties and led the team with 4.3 assists per game. The Australian native also became the 35th player in school history to top 1000 points in his career. (bryantbulldogs.com)
2nd team: (Tie) Tyler Harris, Providence
Following his transfer from North Carolina State after his freshman season and sitting out for 2012-13, the 6-9 Harris had a solid sophomore year playing plenty of minutes in Ed Cooley's lineup. He averaged 11.6 points and 5.1 rebounds per game, showed an ability to shoot from long distance, and finished 6th in the Big East in free throws (83.9%) and 16th in rebounding. (roundballdirect.com)
Coach of the Year
Ed Cooley, Providence
Cooley was named as one of 15 finalists for the 2014 Jim Phelan Award, which is presented annually to the nation's top Division I men's basketball coach. He led the Friars to the team's second Big East Tournament title and first since 1994. Cooley also guided the team to a 23-12 record and the Friars' first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 2004. The 23 wins are the most by a Friar squad since the 1997 team finished with a 24-12 record.
- Cotton, Batts earn All-Big East Honors
- URI Freshman Basketball Star E.C. Matthews Named Atlantic 10 Co-Rookie of the Year
- Bryant places three on all-NEC team
- Brown’s McGonagill Set To End Illustrious Brown Career
- PC’s Cotton Named All-American