March 3, 2011
Bridgeport, Conn. - Loyola University Maryland junior guard J'hared Hall (Mount Vernon, N.Y./Blessed Sacrament HS) this evening was chosen as the 2011 MAAC Sixth Man of the Year in voting by the league's head coaches and announced at the conference's annual Awards Reception. He was one of five men's major award winners announced at the event held at Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard on the eve of the 2011 Energy Bank MAAC Championship.
In addition to the selection of Hall as the Sixth Man of the Year, Siena's Ryan Rossiter was tabbed as the Pepsi Max Player of the Year, Rider's Danny Stewart was chosen as the Rookie of the Year, Niagara's Anthony Nelson was selected as the Defensive Player of the Year and Fairfield's Ed Cooley was named The Rock Coach of the Year.
Hall is the fourth Loyola student-athlete to receive the award during Greyhounds head coach Jimmy Patsos's seven years leading the program. Charlie Bell shared the honor with two others in 2005, Michael Tuck was selected in 2007 and Marquis Sullivan was named in 2008. The award was first instituted in 2002 and requires that a student-athlete start 10 or fewer games to be eligible.
"I could not be any prouder of a kid than I am of J'hared Hall and what he has meant to our program this season," Patsos said of the selection. "He has accepted his role since the first day of practice and worked as hard as he could. He suffered through an injury in December and then a shooting slump, but he never stopped working to help us win games. His teammates love him and I'm sure they share my joy in J'hared getting this recognition for the season he has had."
In a miserable shooting slump having made just three of 23 three-point shots through 13 games, everything clicked for Hall over the next eight games. Helping the Greyhounds to six wins during the run, the 6-2 scorer tallied in double figures in all eight games, averaging 15.6 points while shooting 55.8 percent (43-77) from the field, 56.3 percent (27-48) from three-point range and 92.3 percent (12-13) from the free-throw line. He opened the stretch by making six of his eight three-point attempts en route to scoring a career-high 23 points at Manhattan. The six three-pointers matched the sixth-best single-game performance in school history.
For his 16 MAAC appearances, he averaged 10.8 points while connecting on 49.2 percent (58-118) from the floor, 47.1 percent (33-70) from behind the three-point arc and 88.5 percent (23-26) from the foul line. He reached double digits in 10 of those 16 contests. For the regular season, he averaged 9.2 points per game, shooting 46.2 percent (78-169) from the field, 41.0 percent (41-100) on three-pointers and 85.4 percent (41-48) from the charity stripe. He has played in 26 games, scoring in double figures in half of them.
Hall and his Greyhounds teammates are preparing for the MAAC Championship, opening play Saturday afternoon as the No. 5 seed with a quarterfinal matchup against No. 4 Saint Peter's at 2:30 p.m. The teams split a pair of contests during the regular season with each winning on the other's home floor.