Jamel Thomas Named
First Team All-BIG EAST
March 1, 1999
Providence, R.I. - Providence College's standout forward Jamel Thomas has been selected First Team All-BIG EAST in voting done by the league's coaches. The BIG EAST's leading scorer and candidate for the league's Player of the Year honors is joined on the First Team by Connecticut's Richard Hamilton, St. John's Ron Artest and Miami's Tim James and Johnny Hemsley. Hamilton and James were unanimous selections by the coaches.
For Thomas, a Second Team selection last season, it figures to be just the beginning of post season accolades. He led the league in scoring for all games with 22.1 points per game which ranks him 11th in the nation and was sixth in rebounding with 7.6 boards per contest. He finished his career ranked 14th on the league's all-time scoring list with 1,135 points in BIG EAST games. The Brooklyn native is just the eighth player in Providence College history to be named First Team All-BIG EAST. He helped Providence to a 16-12 overall record and a 9-9 league mark. The high scoring forward has left his name in the PC record books. He joins Jimmy Walker, Marvin Barnes and Joey Hassett as the four players to score 500 or more points in a season in three consecutive years. He is also one of three players in PC history to have over 1,900 points and 700 rebounds joining Marvin Barnes (1,839/1,592) and Bruce Campbell (1,809/949). The Friars' Team MVP as a junior, Thomas leads the Friars in scoring (619 points) and rebounding (208) to become just the third player in school history to lead his team in rebounding and scoring two or more years in a row. Jim Hadnot and Marvin Barnes are the others. He is third on PC's all-time scoring list with 1,929 points.
Thomas and his teammates now turn their attention to the BIG EAST Tournament and the drive for a possible NCAA Tournament berth. PC opens the BIG EAST Tournament on Wednesday, March 3rd when they face Georgetown at 7:30 p.m.
Here's a look at the 1998-99 All-BIG EAST selections:
Richard Hamilton, Jr., Connecticut
Tim James, Sr., Miami
Jamel Thomas, Sr., Providence
Ron Artest, So., St. John's
Johnny Hemsley, Jr., Miami
Khalid El-Amin, So., Connecticut
Troy Murphy, Fr., Notre Dame
"Bootsy" Thornton, Jr., St. John's
Etan Thomas, Jr., Syracuse
Marcus Goree, Jr., West Virginia
Vonteego Cummings, Sr., Pittsburgh
Isaac Hawkins, Sr., Pittsburgh
Rob Hodgson, Sr., Rutgers
Jason Hart, Jr., Syracuse
John Celestand, Sr., Villanova
Kevin Braswell, Fr., Georgetown
Anthony Perry, So., Georgetown
Troy Murphy, Fr., Notre Dame
Dahntay Jones, Fr., Rutgers
Erick Barkley, Fr., St. John's
Official StoreOfficial Online
Ed Cooley Radio Show To Air ...
The Providence College men's basketball Head Coach Ed Cooley and Sports Radio WEEI 103.7 FM will hold the next Ed Cooley Radio Show live at Audi Warwick,...
Men's Basketball Plays...
Kris Dunn Named One of 17...
It was announced today that Providence sophomore point guard Kris Dunn (New London, Conn.) was named one of 17 finalist for the Bob Cousy Award, which is...
Great Promotions to Finish...
The Providence College Athletic Department is excited about some upcoming promotions at Friar home games.
Men's Basketball Wins At...
The Providence College Friars earned an 84-57 win at DePaul on February 18 in BIG EAST men's basketball action. The Friars were paced by senior LaDontae...
LaDontae Henton Named One Of...
It was announced today that Providence senior forward LaDontae Henton (Lansing, Mich.) was named one of 15 finalist for the Julius Erving Award, which is...
Men's Basketball Travels...
Men's Basketball Defeats...
The Providence College men's basketball team defeated Seton Hall, 69-62, on Saturday, Feb. 14 at the Dunkin' Donuts Center.