March 2, 2009
Baltimore, Md. - Sophomore guard Jamal Barney (Baltimore, Md./Southwestern HS) was named to the all-MAAC Second Team and freshman forward Anthony Winbush (Alexandria, Va./T.C. Williams HS) was named to the all-MAAC Rookie Team it was announced this afternoon as the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference office named its all-league and all-rookie selections. Selections were made by the league's 10 head coaches.
Barney finished his first regular season at Loyola as the league's leading scorer at 18.6 points per game, including a 20.5 average during MAAC play. Twice this season he topped the 40-point barrier, becoming the first Loyola player in history to accomplish that feat. His 557 points are the 15th-highest total in school history with MAAC Championship play pending this weekend. He led the Greyhounds in scoring 20 times in his 30 games played and collected a pair of MAAC Player of the Week awards in January.
Winbush drew the attention of the coaches for most of the season by his defensive presence, often times drawing opponents' top scoring forward. But he found his offensive game in the final two contests, establishing career highs with 12 points Thursday against Rider and then bettering that with 17 points Sunday to lead the Greyhounds to a 70-63 win at Iona in the regular-season finale to end a seven-game Loyola losing streak. He captured a MAAC Rookie of the Week award in December.
The all-MAAC First Team consists of Kenny Hasbrouck and Edwin Ubiles of league champion Siena, Bilal Benn and Tyrone Lewis from Niagara and Rider's Ryan Thompson. Joining Barney on the second team are Siena's Alex Franklin and Ronald Moore, Benson Egemonye from Niagara and Marist's Ryan Schneider. Frank Turner from Canisius, Fairfield's Greg Nero, Gary Springer from Iona, Manhattan's Darryl Crawford and Wesley Jenkins from Saint Peter's comprise the all-MAAC Third Team.
Selected for the all-MAAC Rookie Team with Winbush are Iona's Scott Machado, R.J. Hall from Marist, Rider's Novar Gadson and Kyle Downey from Siena.
It is Loyola's second straight all-Rookie choice after current Greyhounds guard Brian Rudolph was named to the team and later the Co-Rookie of the Year last season. Winbush is now a candidate for that honor as are all of the Rookie Team members. The winner will be announced Thursday at the league's Awards Reception prior to the 2009 MAAC Championship in Albany. The five-man all-MAAC First Team are under consideration for the Player of the Year award to be given along with the Coach of the Year, Sixth Man of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year.
Seeded No. 8 after tying for seventh place in the MAAC standings with a 7-11 conference mark, the Greyhounds open the 2009 MAAC Championship with a first round matchup with ninth-seeded Canisius on Friday, March 6 at 7:30 p.m. The winner takes on top-seeded Siena on Saturday at 5 o'clock in quarterfinal play.