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Loughton Earns Second Team All-State Honors

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Release: June 26, 2006
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June 26, 2006

NORFOLK, VA-- Alex Loughton (Perth, Australia) was selected to the second team All-State by the Virginia Sports Information Director's Association. The 6-9 Loughton completed his career at ODU with 1,646 career points and 952 career rebounds.

He ranks in the top ten at ODU in both categories. Loughton also earned third team Academic All-American honors by ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA.

Virginia sophomore Sean Singletary was named the State Player of the Year to headline the 2005-06 University Division Virginia All-State Men's Basketball Team, in voting by the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID). George Mason's Jim Larranaga was selected Coach of the Year and James Madison freshman Juwann James was named Rookie of the Year.

Singletary, a 6-0 guard from Philadelphia, averaged 17.7 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.2 assists. Singletary was First Team All-ACC and First Team All-District. He scored a career-high 35 points with six rebounds, six steals and four assists against Gonzaga.

Larranaga led the Patriots to the NCAA Final Four and was one of five finalists for the Claire Bee Award. Mason was 27-8 overall and 15-3 in the Colonial Athletic Association. The Patriots finished in a tie for first in the league and earned their first at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.

James, a forward from Jacksonville, Fla., led the Dukes with 12.7 points and 7.1 rebounds per contest. He was the CAA Rookie of the Year and a Freshman All-American by Collegeinsider.com. James scored in double figures in 21 of his 27 games.

Singletary was joined on the All-State first team by Liberty junior guard Larry Blair (22.6 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 2.7 apg), VCU senior forward Nick George (16.9 ppg, 5.1 rpg), Radford senior guard Whit Holcomb-Faye (23.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 4.0 apg) and George Mason senior forward Jai Lewis (13.7 ppg, 7.8 rpg). George was first team All-State a year ago, while Blair was a second-team selection.

The All-State second team consisted of George Mason senior forward Lamar Butler (11.9 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.2 apg), Virginia Tech junior forward Coleman Collins (14.5 ppg, 6.8 rpg), Virginia Tech junior guard Zabian Dowdell (15.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.4 apg), Old Dominion senior forward Alex Loughton (14.0 ppg, 7.7 rpg) and Virginia junior guard J.R. Reynolds (17.0 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.1 apg). Loughton was State Player of the Year a season ago. He and Dowdell were first-team All-State a year ago.

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