March 1, 2010
Edison, N.J. - Loyola University Maryland freshman guard Robert Olson (Silver Spring, Md./Georgetown Prep) today was named to the MAAC All-Rookie team it was announced by the conference office during its annual postseason conference call. Olson was the only Loyola player to receive recognition in voting by the league's 10 coaches.
By being named to the five-man All-Rookie team, Olson is under consideration for being named the MAAC's Rookie of the Year. That recipient along with the other major award winners for MAAC men's and women's basketball will be announced Thursday night at the league's annual Awards Reception which takes place at the Times Union Center in Albany, N.Y., the site of the 2010 MAAC Championships.
Olson wrapped up his first regular season Sunday standing sixth on the team in scoring at 6.5 points per game after starting 25 of the team's 29 games. His 27 steals is tied for the team lead and he is third with 38 assists. He was named the MAAC's Co-Rookie of the Week on January 19 after scoring a career-high 20 points in a home win over Marist four days earlier. He scored in double figures in six of nine games during January and recorded six steals at UMBC in a November win, the total matching the fifth-best performance in school history.
His All-Rookie selection is the third consecutive year that a player recruited by Greyhounds head coach Jimmy Patsos has been honored. In 2008, current junior guard Brian Rudolph was selected as the Co-Rookie of the Year and last year current sophomore Anthony Winbush was named to the team.
Joining Olson on the MAAC All-Rookie team are Fairfield's Derek Needham, Kyle Smyth from Iona, Marist's Candon Rusin and Darius Conley from Saint Peter's.
Olson and his teammates now prepare for the MAAC Championship, opening play Friday night in a first round game against the Manhattan Jaspers at 7:30 p.m. The winner advances to Saturday's quarterfinal round to take on top-seeded Canisius at 4:30 p.m. Loyola swept Manhattan in a pair of games this year, including a 71-59 victory Sunday afternoon in the regular-season finale.