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Loughton and Taylor Earn State Honors From VaSID

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: April 11, 2005
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April 11, 2005

RICHMOND, Va. - Old Dominion junior Alex Loughton was named the State Player of the Year and Monarchs' head coach Blaine Taylor was selected Coach of the Year to highlight the 2004-05 University Division Virginia All-State Men's Basketball Team, in voting by the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID).

Loughton, a 6-9 junior forward/center from Perth, Australia, averaged 14.1 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. Loughton was the Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year and CAA Tournament MVP. He was also named the state Player of the Year by the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Loughton was a first-team All-District selection and a Mid-Major All-American by Collegeinsider.com. Loughton was a first-team All-State selection a year ago.

Taylor led the Monarchs to a 28-6 overall record and a 15-3 CAA mark. Old Dominion won the CAA regular-season and tournament titles and earned the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Taylor was named CAA Coach of the Year.

Loughton was joined on the All-State first team by sophomore guard Zabian Dowdell of Virginia Tech, junior forward Nick George of Virginia Commonwealth, senior guard Chakowby Hicks of Norfolk State and senior forward Devin Smith of Virginia. Dowdell (14.4 ppg, 3.1 rpg) was honorable mention All-ACC and led the ACC in three-point percentage during the regular season. George (16.8 ppg, 5.8 rpg) was first team All-CAA and first team All-District. Hicks (14.4 ppg, 6.0 rpg) was the MEAC Player of the Year and first team all-conference for the second straight season. Smith (16.5 ppg, 6.1 rpg) was fifth in the ACC in scoring and third in three-pointers in the regular season.

The All-State second team consisted of Liberty sophomore guard Larry Blair (16.6 ppg, 4.9 rpg), Hampton senior center Bruce Brown (14.3 ppg, 6.8 rpg), Liberty sophomore guard David Dees (16.2 ppg, 5.1 rpg), Virginia Tech senior guard Carlos Dixon (13.8 ppg, 4.5 rpg) and Hampton senior guard Devin Green (14.1 ppg, 7.6 rpg). Green was a first-team selection a year ago.

Honorable mention went to George Mason junior guard Lamar Butler (15.7 ppg, 2.4 rpg), Virginia Commonwealth senior forward Michael Doles (14.9 ppg, 3.9 rpg), Virginia Tech sophomore guard Jamon Gordon (10.9 ppg, 5.1 rpg), Old Dominion junior guard Isaiah Hunter (13.4 ppg, 3.2 rpg), Longwood sophomore guard Michael Jefferson (15.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg) and Virginia freshman guard Sean Singletary (10.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg).

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