100 Seasons Of UMass Basketball All-Time Team Of 1980s Announced
Oct. 30, 2008
AMHERST, Mass. - The All-Time Team of the 1980s has been announced. The consists of Edwin Green, Horace Neysmith, Donald Russell, Carl Smith and Lorenzo Sutton. The decade of the 1980s will be recognized on January 24, 2009 at the La Salle game. The 1990s team, UMass' most glorious decade, will be announced on Friday.
Edwin Green (1981-84) left as the second leading scorer (1,393) in school history, trailing only Mike Pyatt. Green also earned the distinction of becoming the first player in school history to average double figures in points in each of his four seasons. As a senior, Green (12.9 points, 6.6 rebounds per game) was named second-team All Atlantic 10 and was drafted in the ninth round of the NBA draft by the Milwaukee Bucks. He was the Eastern Eight Co-Rookie of the Year in 1981 after averaging 14.3 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. He was also on the All-Rookie Team in 1981.
Horace Neysmith (1982-85) was a member of the All-Atlantic 10 Conference Second Team in 1985 after he averaged 14.9 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. He also earned NABC All-District accolades in 1985, the only UMass player to earn that honor in the decade of the 1980s. He was also on the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team in 1982 as he scored 11.7 points per game along with 8.9 rebounds per contest. In his junior year of 1983-84, he shot 59.5% from the floor to rank among the top 10 in UMass single-season history. He still ranks 10th in career scoring with 1428 points at UMass, which was third at the time of graduation. His 935 rebounds was second at the time and is now fourth.
Donald Russell (1982-85) lists seventh in career scoring at UMass with 1,558, which was a school record when he graduated. He was named to the Eastern Eight All-Rookie Team in 1982 after scoring 16.4 points per game.
Carl Smith (1983-87) holds or shares virtually every UMass assist record to date. When he graduated in 1987, he held them all. Smith is still the all-time leader with 633 and is tied for the single-game mark of 15, a mark that he originally set. He was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie team in 1984.
Lorenzo Sutton (1985-88) was named to three consecutive All-Atlantic 10 Conference Second Teams in 1986, 1987 and 1988. Sutton became UMass career scorer leader in his senior year and still ranks fifth all-time with 1,558 points. He set the school record for 3-point field goals in a game with eight, which still stands today. He averaged 15.7 points per game in his career including a season-best 19.4 points in 1988.
The panel consisted of: Dick Bresciani (UMass alum, UMass Hall of Fame, UMass Hall of Fame Selection Committee, UMass Sports Information Office, Boston Red Sox Public Relations & Front Office), Ron Chimelis (Springfield Union News & Republican beat writer), Howie Davis (UMass alum, UMass Sports Information Office, UMass Basketball official scorer), Marty Dobrow (Boston Globe beat writer, former Daily Hampshire Gazette writer, author of Going Bigtime), George Miller (Greenfield Recorder writer, former UMass radio broadcaster), Jerry Radding (Associated Press writer, former Springfield Union-News writer) and Matt Vautour (UMass alum, Daily Hampshire Gazette beat writer). Jason Yellin (current Associate A.D./Media Relations) served as the chairman of the committee.
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