March 14, 2012
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - On the eve of its first NCAA Tournament game in 18 years, Loyola University Maryland junior Erik Etherly was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District II Second Team.
Etherly, who earned All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference First Team honors, was one of seven MAAC players to earn first or second team honors from the NABC.
He is just the second player in Loyola history to earn NABC All-District honors at the Division I level, joining Mike Powell who was tabbed to the First Team in 1998. The Greyhounds joined Division I in 1981-1982. Overall, just three Greyhounds have earned Division I or Division II honors from the NABC, as Tim Koch picked up Second Team laurels in 1979.
Iona College's Scott Machado and Mike Glover, Fairfield University's Rakim Sanders and Siena College's O.D. Anosike were named to the First Team, while Etherly, Manhattan College's George Beamon and Fairfield's Derek Needham earned Second Team nods.
Etherly enters the NCAA Tournament as the Greyhounds' leading scorer (13.5 points per game) and rebounder (7.5 rpg). He also tops Loyola (24-8) in field-goal percentage (.531) and blocked shots (46).
The junior, who transferred from Northeastern University and first played for the Greyhounds as a sophomore in 2010-2011, has scored 756 points in his two years at Loyola, and he has 467 rebounds as a Greyhound. Etherly also is now fourth on the school's all-time blocked shots list with 80.
He posted eight double-doubles this season and had a team-high 25 games with 10 or more points. Etherly led the Greyhounds in rebounding in 22 or 32 games and scoring 12 times.
Etherly was named the MAAC Championships Most Outstanding Player after helping the Greyhounds win their first title since 1994. He scored 21 points against both Niagara University and Siena in the MAAC Quarterfinals and Semifinals.
He then was the team's leading scorer with 10 in a 48-44 win over Fairfield in the MAAC Championship Game on March 5.
Etherly and the Greyhounds are in Pittsburgh for tomorrow's NCAA Second Round game against Ohio State University. Loyola and the Buckeyes will take the CONSOL Energy Center court at approximately 9:50 p.m. for a game that will be televised on TNT.