April 4, 2010
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University sophomore men's basketball player Greg Monroe (New Orleans, La./Helen Cox) was named the Pete Newell Big Man of the Year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) at the annual AT&T Guardians of the Game Awards Show at the Murat Centre in Indianapolis, Ind.
It is the second time this week Monroe has been honored by the NABC, as he was named a Third-Team All-American. The All-American honors was the second in a week for Monroe, as he was tabbed a third team selection by the Associated Press last Monday.
The Pete Newell Big Man of the Year award is given to the top low-post player in the country each season. It has been awarded since 2000 and last year went to Oklahoma's Blake Griffin. The award is named after Pete Newell, the legendary coach who ran the famed Pete Newell Big Man Camp for low-post players from 1976 until his death in 2008.
Georgetown finished the 2009-10 season with a 23-11 overall record, advanced to the BIG EAST Tournament Championship game for the third time in six seasons under Head Coach John Thompson III, were selected for the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in six years and posted wins over two of the three teams (Butler, Duke, West Virginia) that have advanced to his year's Final Four.
Monroe earned First-Team All-BIG EAST honors this year and was selected as a Fifth Team All-American by FoxSports.com. He averaged 16.1 points and 9.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.5 blocks in 34.2 minutes per game this season, while connecting on 52.5 percent of his field goals.
He was named to the BIG EAST All-Tournament team after leading the Hoyas to the championship game against West Virginia, a 2010 Final Four participant. During the BIG EAST Tournament, he averaged 19.3 points, 9.3 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game, while shooting 54.5 percent from the floor.
Monroe had 14 double-doubles during the season, including a 12-point, 12-assist effort at Providence this year. He reached double figures in scoring 30 times and had 15 games with at least 10 rebounds. In addition, the 6-11 center led the team in scoring 13 times, in rebounding 30 times and in assists 15 times.
Monroe scored a career-high 29 points and tied a career-best with 16 rebounds against Villanova. He had previously set his career-high in rebounds with 16 against Harvard. In a win at Providence in February, Monroe scored 12 points and handed out a career-best 12 assists. The 12 assists were the most by a center in BIG EAST Conference history and tied for the 10th-best single game performance in school history.
In two years at Georgetown, Monroe has scored 942 points in 65 games for a 14.5 per game average. He is averaging 8.2 rebounds per game, which ranks 15th all-time. His 54.3 percent field goal percentage ranks 14th all-time and he is currently tied for 48th all-time in scoring on the Hilltop with Jim Supple (1966-69).
Monroe was joined by on the third team by Luke Harangody of Notre Dame, James Anderson of Oklahoma State, Da'Sean Butler of West Virginia and Jimmer Fredette of Brigham Young.
About the National Association of Basketball Coaches: Located in Kansas City, MO, the NABC was founded in 1927 by Forrest "Phog" Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as Guardians of the Game. The NABC currently claims nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men's basketball coaches. All members of the NABC are expected to uphold the core values of being a Guardian of the Game by bringing attention to the positive aspects of the sport of basketball and the role coaches play in the academic and athletic lives of today's student-athletes. The four core values of being a Guardian of the Game are advocacy, leadership, service and education. Additional information about the NABC, its programs and membership, can be found at www.nabc.com.
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