Garrity Repeats on All-Big East First Team
Men's hoops standout receives second honor
PROVIDENCE -- Notre Dame senior forward Pat Garrity is the only repeat selection on the 1997-98 All-BIG EAST First Team, it was announced today. In addition, Notre Dame freshman guard Martin Ingelsby was name to the BIG EAST All-Rookie team. The All-BIG EAST award winners were chosen by a vote of the league's head coaches who were not permitted to vote for their own players.
For the second season in a row, the five first-team performers are from five different schools. Garrity, a 6-9 senior from Monument, Colo., led all conference players in scoring with a 23.4 average. He won the BIG EAST scoring title with a 24.1 mark in league games. A unanimous selection, Garrity also pulled down 8.3 rebounds per game. That figure was fourth in the league overall.
The other first team selections are: Richard Hamilton of Connecticut, Tim James of Miami, Felipe Lopez of St. John's and Damian Owens of West Virginia.
Hamilton, a 6-6 sophomore from Coatesville, Pa., helped Connecticut to a 26-4 record, 15-3 in BIG EAST play. He was second to Garrity in overall scoring with a 21.8 mark and, like Garrity, was a unanimous pick. Hamilton was the league's top free throw shooter, hitting at an .853 clip. He also was the BIG EAST's best three-point marksman with a .432 mark. The Huskies are the top seed in the 1998 AT&T BIG EAST Championship.
James, a 6-7 junior from Miami, Fla., was a prime contributor for Miami, helping the Hurricanes to their best mark in BIG EAST history (11-7). He averaged 17.2 points and led all conference players with 9.7 rebounds per game. James was an All-BIG EAST Second Team selection last season.
Lopez, a 6-6 senior from the Bronx, N.Y., helped St. John's to a 21-8 record and a 13-5 league mark. The Red Storm reached 20 wins in the regular season for the first time since 1990-91. Lopez averaged 17.8 points. In BIG EAST competition, he finished his career as the league's sixth all-time scorer with 1,222 points.
Owens was the top all-around performer in West Virginia's 22-7 campaign. The 6-6 senior from Seat Pleasant, Md. averaged 17.4 points, 6.9 rebounds and a league-leading 3.04 steals. He was third nationally in steals in last week's NCAA rankings.
Senior Zendon Hamilton of St. John's and junior Vonteego Cummings of Pittsburgh were repeat selections on the All-BIG EAST Second Team.
1997-98 All-Big East Awards
*Richard Hamilton, Connecticut, So., 6-6, 180, Coatesville, Pa. Tim James, Miami, Jr., 6-7, 205, Miami, Fla. *Pat Garrity, Notre Dame, Sr., 6-9, 231, Monument, Colo. Felipe Lopez, St. John's, Sr., 6-6, 195, Bronx, N.Y. Damian Owens, West Virginia, Sr., 6-6, 215, Seat Pleasant, Md.
Vonteego Cummings, Pittsburgh, Jr., 6-4, 185, Thomson, Ga. Jamel Thomas, Providence, Jr., 6-6, 180, Brooklyn, N.Y. Zendon Hamilton, St. John's, Sr., 6-11, 240, Floral Park, N.Y. Levell Sanders, Seton Hall, Sr., G, 6-2, 191, Brooklyn, N.Y. Todd Burgan, Syracuse, Sr., 6-7, 230, Detroit, Mich.
Antonio Granger, Boston College, Sr., 6-6, 207, Detroit, Mich. Duane Woodward, Boston College, Sr., 6-3, 170, Queens, N.Y. Khalid El-Amin, Connecticut, Fr., 5-10, 195, Minneapolis, Minn. Shaheen Holloway, Seton Hall, So., 5-10, 175, Queens, N.Y. Etan Thomas, Syracuse, So., 6-9, 231, Tulsa, Okla.
*Khalid El-Amin, Connecticut, Fr., 5-10, 195, Minneapolis, Minn. Martin Inglesby, Notre Dame, Fr., 5-11, 160, Philadelphia, Pa. Ricardo Greer, Pittsburgh, Fr., 6-9, 225, Bronx, N.Y. Jeff Greer, Rutgers, Fr., 6-5, 180, Bronx, N.Y. *Ron Artest, St. John's, Fr., 6-6, 233, Queensbridge, N.Y.
*denotes unanimous selection