Courtesy of PatriotLeague.org
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – The Patriot League Men’s Basketball 25th Anniversary Team was announced on Monday as Bucknell notched six selections and Holy Cross had four on the squad.
The team members are listed below by school, with seasons representing the player’s years of competition within the Patriot League. Each school that participates in men’s basketball selected 25 players in the voting for the 25th Anniversary Team, and could not vote for its own student-athletes.
Army West Point: Mark Lueking (1992-96)
Lehigh: C.J. McCollum (2009-13); Bob Krizansky (1990-92); Austen Rowland (2003-04)
Fordham: Damon Lopez (1990-91)
Nineteen of the 25 selections won the Patriot League Player of the Year award in their career, with Foyle, Ehlers, McCollum and Muscala each claiming the honor twice. In addition, seven honorees claimed a Patriot League Rookie of the Year honor, two won a Defensive Player of the Year award and fourteen were named Patriot League Tournament Most Valuable Player, with Lee, Carr and Muscala each earning a pair of MVP honors. Campolieta and Muscala were each four-time All-Patriot League honorees while 11 other players were three-time All-League recipients and the members of the 25th Anniversary Team combined for 62 overall All-League spots.
The Patriot League is releasing 25th Anniversary Teams throughout the month of August for each sport that has been sponsored by the League since it became an all-sport conference beginning in the 1990-91 season. In addition to the 25th Anniversary Teams, coverage throughout the 2015-16 season will focus on former student-athletes and top stories in the history of the Patriot League.
More information on the Patriot League Men’s Basketball 25th Anniversary Team members is included below, with the honorees listed alphabetically. All seasons listed designate the player’s years of competition within the Patriot League.
Patriot League Men’s Basketball 25th Anniversary Team
Cameron Ayers, Bucknell (2010-14) – Ayers was a key player on some outstanding Bucknell teams, as he helped the Bison to the Patriot League title in both 2011 and 2013 and the regular-season crown in three consecutive years from 2011-13. He capped his career by winning the Patriot League Player of the Year honor as a senior in 2014. Ayers made three All-Patriot League teams, including first-team honors in his final two seasons, and finished his career with 1,526 points.
Hassan Booker, Navy (1994-98) – Booker was a key player on outstanding teams at Navy, helping the Mids to back-to-back titles in 1997 and 1998 and an appearance in the championship in 1995. He was the Patriot League Tournament MVP as a junior in 1997 and earned first-team All-League honors in both of Navy’s championship seasons. Booker finished his career with 931 points and 628 rebounds.
Mike Bright, Bucknell (1990-93) – Bright was named Patriot League Player of the Year as a senior in 1993 and earned first-team All-League honors that season to go with a second-team spot as a sophomore in 1991. He finished his career with 1,670 points and 834 rebounds and is Bucknell’s career steals leader with 286. He helped the Bison to regular-season titles and appearances in the Patriot League title game in both 1992 and 1993.
Pat Campolieta, Colgate (1998-02) – Campolieta is one of two players to earn four career All-Patriot League honors, making the second team and winning the Rookie of the Year award as a freshman in 1999 before garnering first-team recognition in his final three seasons. Campolieta finished his career with 1,616 points, 698 rebounds and 193 steals, and ranks in the Patriot League top 15 in each category.
Stefan Ciosici, Lafayette (1995-00) – Ciosci had an impressive career that included the Patriot League Player of the Year honor in 1998 as well the Patriot League Tournament Most Valuable Player award as the Leopards won the second of back-to-back titles in 2000. He was named to the All-Patriot League Team each season, and was also selected as the League’s Rookie of the Year in 1996. Ciosici finished his career with 1,496 points and stands fourth in League history with 831 rebounds.
Garrison Carr, American (2005-09) – Carr was one of the top three-point shooters in Patriot League history, and excelled as a junior and senior with the top two single-season marks in League annals. He made a record 135 three-pointers in 2007-08 and 114 in 2008-09 while earning first-team All-Patriot League honors each time. He won the Patriot League Tournament MVP award in both 2008 and 2009 while leading the Eagles to consecutive titles. Carr is second in Patriot League history with 302 career three-pointers.
Patrick Doctor, American (2001-02) – Doctor excelled in his lone season in the Patriot League as he won the Player of the Year award and helped the Eagles claim the regular-season title and earn a berth in the championship game in their first season of competition. He ranks 11th in school history with 1,461 career points.
Brian Ehlers, Lafayette (1996-00) – Ehlers had a stellar career at Lafayette that included consecutive Patriot League Player of the Year honors as a junior and senior in 1999 and 2000, while also leading the Leopards to the League title each time. He was named Patriot League Tournament MVP in 1999 and earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team in 2000. Ehlers earned a second-team All-Patriot League honor in 1998 before first-team status his final two years, and led Lafayette to the Patriot League title game in each of his final three seasons. He stands sixth in Patriot League history with 1,836 career points.
Rob Feaster, Holy Cross (1991-95) – Feaster was a prolific scorer who stands second in Patriot League history with 2,224 career points. He was named Patriot League Player of the Year as a senior in 1995 after winning the Rookie of the Year honor in 1992 and the Patriot League Tournament MVP award in 1993 when leading Holy Cross to its first League title. Feaster made the first-team All-Patriot League squad in each of his final three seasons. He set the Patriot League single-season record for total points (784) and points per game (28.0) in 1993-94.
Adonal Foyle, Colgate (1994-97) – Foyle was perhaps the greatest force in the history of Patriot League basketball, as he stands eighth in scoring (1,776) and first in both rebounding (1,103) and blocked shots (492) in the League record book despite playing only three seasons. Foyle won the Patriot League Rookie of the Year award in 1995 and earned the Player of the Year honor in both 1996 and 1997 while earning first-team All-League status in each season. He helped Colgate to back-to-back Patriot League titles in 1995 and 1996, winning the League Tournament MVP honor in the latter season. Foyle was selected as a third-team AP All-American in 1997, and remains the only Patriot Leaguer to make the first, second or third team. He also excelled academically, winning the Patriot League Men’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year award as well as the Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year honor in 1996 and making the Academic All-America Team in his final two seasons. Foyle was selected eighth overall in the 1997 NBA Draft by the Golden State Warriors and became the first Patriot Leaguer to play in the NBA, going on to have a 12-year career with the Warriors and Orlando Magic.
Kevin Hamilton, Holy Cross (2002-06) – Hamilton was a standout on both ends of the floor for the Crusaders, winning the Patriot League Player of the Year award in 2005 before claiming the Defensive Player of the Year honor in 2006. He helped the Crusaders to a spot in the League title game each of those two seasons after playing on the championship winning team as a freshman in 2003, and earning an All-Tournament Team honor in the process. Hamilton was a three-time All-League selection who earned first-team honors as a junior and senior. He holds the Patriot League steals record for both a career (292) and single season (102, 2005-06) and led the League in both scoring and steals in both his junior and senior seasons.
Patrick King, Bucknell (1990-92) – King played the first two seasons of Patriot League play and had an impressive tenure that included a Player of the Year honor as a senior in 1992 and a pair of All-Patriot League nods. He averaged 20.3 points per game while shooting a school-record 67% from the field in his senior season while leading Bucknell to a share of the regular-season title and a spot in the Patriot League championship.
Bob Krizansky, Lehigh (1990-92) – Krizansky concluded a strong career at Lehigh with two standout seasons in the Patriot League, earning first-team All-League honors in both of his campaigns in 1991 and 1992. He stands fourth in school history with 1,841 points, and scored 1,031 in his two Patriot League seasons.
Charles Lee, Bucknell (2002-06) – Lee had an outstanding career that was capped by a Patriot League Player of the Year award as a senior in 2006. He led Bucknell to consecutive Patriot League titles while also claiming the Tournament MVP award in both 2005 and 2006, and helped the Bison win first-round games in the NCAA Tournament each season with a combined 39 points in victories over Kansas (2005) and Arkansas (2006). Lee is a three-time All-Patriot League selection, with a pair of first-team honors. He was the final cut of the San Antonio Spurs in 2006 before playing professionally in Europe and now serves as an assistant coach with the Atlanta Hawks.
Damon Lopez, Fordham (1990-91) – Lopez was the star of the inaugural season in the Patriot League as he was named Player of the Year in 1991, and also added the League Tournament MVP honor for leading Fordham to the first League title. Lopez led the League with 314 total rebounds and 9.5 rebounds per game, marks which remain in the Patriot League single season top 10.
Mark Lueking, Army West Point (1992-96) – Lueking stands fifth in Patriot League history and third in the Army West Point record book with 2,032 career points. He earned first-team All-Patriot League honors in his final three seasons and scored 30 points or more 19 times in his career. Lueking is also third in League history with 300 career three-pointers.
C.J. McCollum, Lehigh (2009-13) – McCollum was an instant star at Lehigh, becoming the only freshman to win the Patriot League Player of the Year award in 2010 while also adding a Rookie of the Year honor and leading the Mountain Hawks to the League title. He won a second Player of the Year honor and directed Lehigh to a second championship in three years in 2012, this time also adding the Patriot League Tournament MVP award in the process. The next week, McCollum had 30 points as Lehigh posted one of the greatest upsets in the history of the NCAA Tournament with a 75-70 victory over Duke. McCollum earned first-team All-Patriot League status in each of his first three seasons before an injury derailed his senior season before League play began. Despite missing that time in his final year, McCollum is the Patriot League’s all-time leading scorer with 2,361 points while also recording 696 rebounds and 230 steals in his career. McCollum was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers with the 10th pick of the 2013 NBA Draft, and is heading into his third season with the team this fall.
Chris McNaughton, Bucknell (2003-07) – McNaughton was a key part of a Bucknell team that won back-to-back Patriot League titles in 2005 and 2006 and made it to the championship game again in 2007. He earned first-team All-Patriot League honors in each of the three years while also claiming the Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year award each time, standing as the only three-time recipient of the honor. McNaughton helped Bucknell to NCAA Tournament wins in both 2005 and 2006, and hit the game-winning shot with 10 seconds left in the team’s 64-63 upset of Kansas in the former season. He finished with 1,529 career points, and still leads the Patriot League in all-time field-goal percentage (59.9%).
Derrick Mercer, American (2005-09) – Mercer played the point on American’s back-to-back Patriot League title-winning teams in 2008 and 2009, and won the League’s Player of the Year honor in the latter season while earning All-Patriot League status each year. He was also named the Patriot League Rookie of the Year as a freshman in 2006. Mercer stands fifth in Patriot League history and second in school annals with 524 career assists.
Mike Muscala, Bucknell (2009-13) – Muscala had one of the most decorated careers in Patriot League history. He won the Patriot League Player of the Year award in both 2011 and 2013, and led the Bison to the League title each season while also garnering the Patriot League Tournament MVP honor. Muscala is one of two players to earn All-Patriot League honors in all four of his seasons, with first-team recognition in the final three. His senior season in 2012-13 also included the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year and Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors, as well as national accolades including a spot as a Naismith Award candidate and a third-team Academic All-American honor. Muscala stands fourth in Patriot League history in scoring (2,036) and second in both rebounds (1,093) and blocked shots (271). He is one of three Patriot Leaguers to go on to the NBA, and recently finished his second season with the Atlanta Hawks after being selected in the second round of the 2013 NBA Draft.
Tucker Neale, Colgate (1992-95) – Neale was one of the top scorers in Patriot League history, standing third in the League record book with 2,075 career points despite playing only three seasons at Colgate. His career average of 23.9 points per game remains the top mark in League history. Neale was named the Patriot League Player of the Year as a junior in 1994, then won the League Tournament MVP honor in 1995 while leading Colgate to its first title. He was an All-Patriot League pick in all three of his seasons, with first-team status in the final two.
Austen Rowland, Lehigh (2003-04) – Rowland had one very memorable season with the Mountain Hawks as he was named Patriot League Player of the Year in 2004 and went on to add Tournament MVP honors by leading Lehigh to its first League title. Rowland led the Patriot League with 15.5 points per game in 2003-04.
Keith Simmons, Holy Cross (2003-07) – Simmons had an outstanding career at Holy Cross that included a senior season where he was named Patriot League Player of the Year and Tournament MVP while leading his team to the League title in 2007. He earned first-team All-Patriot League honors in three straight seasons from 2005-07 while helping the Crusaders to an appearance in the Patriot League title game each year. Simmons finished his career with 1,654 points and 191 steals.
Greg Sprink, Navy (2004-08) – Sprink capped a standout career at Navy by winning the Patriot League Player of the Year award as a senior in 2008. He earned All-Patriot League status in his final two seasons, with a second-team honor as a junior before a first-team selection as a senior. Sprink led the Patriot League in scoring as both a senior (21.8 ppg) and junior (16.9 ppg), and ranks third in school history and seventh in the League record book with 1,785 career points.
Tim Szatko, Holy Cross (1999-03) – Szatko made an instant impact at Holy Cross, winning the Patriot League Rookie of the Year award in 2000 before claiming the Player of the Year honor and leading his squad to the League championship as a sophomore in 2001. Szatko would go on to play a key role on two more Patriot League title-winning teams as a junior and senior, with a first-team All-League honor and the Tournament MVP award in 2002. He finished his career with 1,464 points and ranks sixth in Patriot League history with 784 rebounds.