Men's Basketball All-Conference Teams Released

Tabb of Trinity Named Player of the Year

HARTFORD, Conn. – Senior guard Colin Tabb of Trinity was named the 2001-02 NESCAC Men’s Basketball Player of the Year. Tabb, a repeat first-team selection, averaged a conference-best 24.8 points per game and added 7.7 rebounds, 4.3 assists, and 2.0 steals per game in the regular season. He led the NESCAC in free throw percentage (86.8 percent) and helped the Bantams earn the top seed in the NESCAC tournament and a berth in the NCAA Division III Championship tournament.

Senior guard Leo Jones of Wesleyan earned first-team honors for the third consecutive year. Jones averaged 20.6 points, 7.2 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 2.3 steals per game in the regular season and then led the Cardinals to the semifinals of the conference tournament.

Junior forward Steve Zieja of NESCAC champion Amherst was named to the first team after earning second-team honors last season. He averaged 17.3 points and 7.2 rebounds per game in the regular season and scored 32 points in the championship game of the conference tournament to give Amherst its second NESCAC title in as many years and its third consecutive trip to the NCAA Division III tournament.

Senior guard Mizan Ayers of Connecticut College earned first-team honors and was named the 2001-02 NESCAC Men’s Basketball Defensive Player of the Year. Ayers averaged 14.8 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, and a conference-leading 2.3 steals per game.

Rounding out the first team was senior guard Damien Strahorn of Colby. He averaged 22.9 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game while hitting 82 three-pointers and shooting 81.7 percent from the free throw line.

Craig Coupe of Tufts was named the 2001-02 NESCAC Men’s Basketball Rookie of the Year. Coupe averaged 11.9 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 2.2 blocks per game. Lynn Ramage of Connecticut was named the NESCAC Men’s Basketball Coach of the Year after leading the Camels to a 6-3 conference record and the third seed in the NESCAC tournament.

         
2001-02 NESCAC Men's Basketball All-Conference
         
First Team Institution  Yr.   
Hometown 
G Mizan Ayers
Connecticut College  
Sr. Bronx, N.Y.
G Leo Jones
Wesleyan Sr. Englewood, N.J.
G Damien Strahorn
Colby Sr. Menlo Park, Calif.
G
Colin Tabb
Trinity Sr. Somers, Conn.
F Steve Zieja Amherst Jr. Hadley, Mass.
         
  Second Team Institution Yr.
Hometown
C Drew DeMuth
Williams Jr. Carlisle, Pa.
F Bryan Dion
Trinity Sr. East Haven, Conn.
C/F Pat Fitzsimons
Amherst Jr. Durham, N.C.
G Mike McGlynn
Tufts Jr. Medford, Mass.
F Alex Wilson
Bates Sr. Duxbury, Mass.         
         
  Player of the Year    
     
G
Colin Tabb
Trinity Sr. Somers, Conn.
         
  Defensive Player of the Year  
G Mizan Ayers
Connecticut College
Sr. Bronx, N.Y.
         
  Rookie of the Year      
C Craig Coupe
Tufts
Fr. Niskayuna, N.Y.
         
  Coach of the Year      
  Lynn Ramage
Connecticut College