Loughton Named CAA Player of the Year/Taylor Coach Of the Year

March 03, 2005
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

March 3, 2005

RICHMOND, VA-- Alex Loughton (Perth, Australia) was named Player of the Year in the Colonial Athletic Association and the league also named ODU head coach Blaine Taylor, Coach of the Year, as selected by the league's head coaches, media and Sports information Directors. Junior guard Isaiah Hunter (Charlotte, NC.), sophomore forward Aranaud Dahi (Ivory Coast, Africa) and sophomore guard Drew Williamson (Burlington, NC.) also earned All-CAA honors.

Loughton averaged 13.4 points, 8.1 rebounds per game while shooting .503 from the field and .775 from the line. He also averaged 1.6 steals and assists per game. the 6-9 junior is ODU's first CAA Player of the Year since Odell Hodge in 1997. Loughton ranks second in the CAA in rebounding, ninth in free throw percentage, sixth in steals, 11th in scoring. Loughton joined the 1,000 career point mark earlier this year in the win against Towson. Loughton has ten double-doubles this year. Loughton also got in done in the classroom, earning CAA All-Academic honors. He also was selected to the ESPN/CoSIDA Academic All-District squad with a 3.42 grade point average in business marketing, and was a finalist for the Dean Ehler's Award.

Each year under Taylor, the Monarchs have improved their record. Last year, ODU was 17-12 and finished fourth. This season, the Monarchs beat St. Joseph's, Texas Christian and Kent State in route to tying the school record with 25 wins and going 15-3 in the CAA. ODU's two non-conference losses were at DePaul and at Texas A&M Corpus Christi. The three losses were to VCU, George Mason and Hofsta. Taylor picked up his 200th career win at Hofstra. As a team, ODU led the CAA in scoring defense, three-point field goal percentage defense, rebounding, assists, steals and assists/turnover ration.

Isaiah Hunter earned second team honors as he averaged 13.2 points per game overall and 13.4 in CAA games. He scored 25 in the ESPN2 win over VCU and 20 in the win against Kent State. Hunter was also named MVP at the Corpus Christi Challenge. A day later his father, Irving Hunter lost his battle with cancer.

Arnaud Dahi earned third team honors as he had 17 double figure games this year, including 20 against Towson And Drexel. He also hit the game winning shot at Drexel. He scored 18 points with 11 rebounds against VMI. Dahi ranks tenth in the CAA in rebounding, 19th in scoring and third in blocked shots.

Sophomore point guard Drew Williamson earned a spot on the All-Defensive squad. Williamson leads the CAA in assists/turnover ratio at 1.4 and ranks third in the league in assists.

2005 ALL CAA AWARDS First Team Alex Loughton, ODU 6-9, Jr. Loren Stokes, Hofstra, 6-3, So Harding Nana, Delaware, 6-8, Jr. Nick George, VCU, 6-6, Jr. John Goldsberry, UNCW, 6-3, Jr.

Second Team Phil Goss, Drexel, 6-2, Sr. Lamar Butler, GMU,6-2, Jr. Michael Doles, VCU, 6-6, Sr. Isaiah Hunter, ODU, 6-3, Jr. Jai Lewis, Mason, 6-7, Jr.

Third Team Tony Skinn, Mason, 6-1 , JR. Arnaud Dahi, ODU, 6-7, SO. Mike Slattery, Delaware, 5-11, Sr, Antoine Agudio, Hofstra, 6-3, Fr., Corey Cofield, WM, 6-5, So.

All-Defensive John Goldsberry, UNCW Chaz Crawford, Drexel Bashir Mason, Drexel Loren Stokes, Hofstra Drew Williamson, ODU

2005 All Academic Nick D'Antoni, W&M John Goldsberry, UNCW Alex Loughton , ODU Holden Plack, Towson Mike Slattery, Delaware Beckham Wyrick, UNCW

Player of the Year: Alex Loughton, ODU Coach of The Year: Blaine Taylor, ODU Rookie of the Year: Antoine Agudio, Hofstra Defensive Player of the Year: John Goldsberry, UNCW Dean Ehlers Award: Calvin Smith, Delaware.