5 Monty Mack
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All-America and Atlantic 10 Player of the Year candidate...regained additional year of eligibility by completing BDIC graduation requirements in Secondary Education and Urban Education prior to start of 2000-01 academic year...one of the nation's top returning scorers, his 19.8 average ranks 13th among all Division I returnees...heads into final season ranked fifth on UMass career scoring chart with 1,617 points...needs 289 points to move into the No. 2 spot, 383 to become only the second player in school history to reach 2,000-point mark and 758 to become UMass' all-time scoring leader...also ranks among UMass' all-time leaders in scoring average (sixth, 17.2 ppg), field goal attempts (third, 1,416), field goals made (fifth, 584), three-point attempts (second, 649), three-point goals made (second, 236) and steals (10th, 134), while his lifetime free throw percentage (.758) and his three-point percentage (.364), would rank second and eighth, respectively, if his career were over...has 84 double-figure scoring games in 94 career appearances, including 36 20-point or better efforts...born Sept. 20, 1977, in Derby, Conn....son of Ann Mack...working on second undergraduate degree in African-American Studies...tri-captain.
As a Junior in 1999-2000
Earned first-team All-Atlantic 10 and NABC Division I first team All-District I honors, and was selected to the A-10 all-tournament team, becoming first UMass player to earn both league honors in the same season since Marcus Camby in 1996...appeared in 32 games, starting 28 contests...was A-10's second-leading scorer at 19.8 points per game, a figure which ranked 29th among all NCAA Divison I players...led team in scoring, three-point goals made (96) and attempted (266), free throw percentage (.817) and steals (62) and was second in minutes played (1,084)...his 266 three-point attempts were the most-ever by a UMass player in one season, while his 96 made treys were second-highest one-season total in school history...ranked fourth on UMass single-season steals (62) list, fifth in field goal attempts (533), sixth in total points (632), eighth in field goals made (221) and ninth in both scoring average (19.8 ppg) and free throw percentage (.817)...ranked among the A-10 leaders for all games in scoring (19.8, second), field goal percentage (.415, eighth), free throw percentage (.817, second), three-point field goals made (3.0, second), three-point percentage (.361, 12th)...averaged 19.9 points and 3.9 rebounds in A-10 play, while making 37.9 percent of his treys (47 of 124)...averaged 20.0 points and led UMass to semifinals of A-10 Tournament and was rewarded with All-Tournament team honors...scored in double figures 30 times in 32 appearances, including a season-high 32-point peformance in loss at Xavier and a 30-point effort in win over Florida State in the Orange Bowl Classic...had 26 points off the bench in loss to No. 7 Connecticut...recorded 20 20-point or better scoring games, including six games of 25 or more points...hit at least one trey in 30 of 32 appearances, and had two or more three-pointers in 26 games...netted career-high six three-pointers on three occasions (at St. Bonaventure, at Xavier, at Boston College)...played 30 or more minutes 29 times, with a season-high 42-minute effort in overtime loss at Providence...an excellent free throw shooter, he had strings of 21-straight and 19-consecutive makes during course of the season and hit 21 of his last 22 free throws...was three-time A-10 Player of the Week and two-time WHMP/UMass Athlete of the Week selection...passed the 1,000 career point mark in the Iona game, achieving the feat in only 63 contests...only the fifth player in UMass history to score 500 or more points in a season more than once.
As a Sophomore in 1998-99
Earned NABC Division I first team All-District I and second team Atlantic 10 All-Conference honors...was Atlantic 10 Player of the Week for Feb. 13...led the team with an average of 18.1 points per game...also averaged 4.1 rebounds, while ranking third on the team in assists (53)...connected on 86 of 232 three-point attempts (.371)...top free throw shooter on the team, making 77.8 percent of his attempts (56 of 72) ...tied for third on the UMass single season list for three-pointers made (86)...ranked third in the Atlantic 10 in scoring, fourth in three-pointers made and eighth in three-point percentage...his 37.8 minutes played per game was the sixth most in a season in UMass history and the most since Julius Erving averaged 38.1 in 1971-72...hit game-winning shots in the closing seconds against both Dayton and St. Joseph's...tallied career-high 34 points at College of Charleston, hitting on six of eight treys for the second-best scoring effort of the season in the Atlantic 10 Conference...scored 27 against Duquesne in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Tournament, the most points by a Minuteman in the A-10 Tournament since Jim McCoy had 35 against St. Joseph's in the 1989 first round...was six of eight from beyond the three-point line against the Dukes, as his six treys tied for the third-most ever in an A-10 Tournament game...in addition, his .750 percentage from three-point land tied for the fifth-best mark in conference tournament history...had his first career double-double against Xavier with 21 points and 10 rebounds...led team in scoring 17 times...reached double figures 28 times, including 11 20-point plus efforts...had at least one trey in a school record 26-straight games, and in 29 of 30 on the season...had 25 multiple trey efforts.
As a Freshman in 1997-98
Started all 32 games at shooting guard...averaged 13.8 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game...named to the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie team...earned three A-10 Rookie of the Week honors...ranked second on the team in scoring, minutes (35.1 mpg) and assists...scored in double figures in 26 games...had five 20-point games...netted a then-career-high 24 points vs. George Washington in the Atlantic 10 Tournament...scored 22 points in his A-10 debut at St. Joseph's, converting on five of six three pointers...had 22 points at No. 21 Rhode Island, 21 vs. Colorado and 20 vs. Boston College...had a career-high 11 assists in home game with St. Joseph's...had five steals vs. Southwestern Louisiana in the Great Alaska Shootout.
Two-time Boston Herald Dream Team member and two-time Boston Globe Super Team selection for coach Bill Loughnane at South Boston High School...rated among the nation's top 75 high school seniors in 1995-96 by Reidel's Roundball Review...averaged 19.7 points and 7.3 rebounds as a senior for South Boston's state championship team, 23.2 points, 8.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists for its 1995 state title squad...1996 Boston Shootout MVP, joining such company as Bernard King (1974), Mark Aguirre (1978), Dale Ellis (1979), Doc Rivers (1980), John Wallace (1992) and Joe Smith (1993)...averaged 25.7 points per contest, including a game-high 32 in the title game, while pacing his Boston-area team to shootout title...high school teammate of UMass senior guard Jonathan DePina...duo led South Boston to 1995 and 1996 state titles.