100 Seasons Of UMass Basketball All-Time Team Of 1990s Announced
Oct. 31, 2008
AMHERST, Mass. - The greatest decade in UMass basketball history features a team of 10 as selected by the media panel for the 100 Seasons Of UMass Basketball. The 1990s team consists of Tony Barbee, Donta Bright, Marcus Camby, Dana Dingle, Will Herndon, Jim McCoy, Edgar Padilla, Lou Roe, Carmelo Travieso and Harper Williams. These players and the 90s will be honored at the Mullins Center on Feb. 8 during the Saint Joseph's game.
Tony Barbee (1990-93) is UMass' sixth all-time leading scorer with 1,643 points; he was third when he graduated in 1993 after scoring 13.5 per game. Barbee was named to All-Atlantic 10 Conference Second Team in 1991 and 1993. He was part of two Atlantic 10 Championship teams (in 1992 and 1993). In both seasons, he was also a NABC All-District Selection. He scored a career-best 15.3 points per game as a sophomore in 1991 as UMass reached the NIT Final Four. He is the current head coach at Texas-El Paso.
Donta Bright (1994-96) was named to the All-Atlantic 10 Conference First Team in 1996 and the All-Atlantic 10 Conference Third Team in 1995. Bright was part of three Atlantic 10 Champions in each of his seasons. In his three years, he is 18th all-time in scoring with 1,229 points. He averaged a career-best 14.5 as a senior in earning NABC First-Team All-District accolades.
Marcus Camby (1994-96) was UMass' first National Player of the Year as he was honored as a First-Team All-American in 1996, his final season before being the second-overall draft choice by the NBA's Toronto Raptors. He was an A-10 First-Team Selection as a sophomore and junior in addition to being the league Player of the Year in 1996. Camby is 12th in career scoring with 1,387 points and averaged 20.5 points in his final campaign of 1996, which is seventh-best in school history. He also held every blocked shot record until Stephane Lasme. Camby stands second in career swats with 336 in three years. He had set the record for blocks in a season as well with 128 in 1996. He is in his 13th NBA season and first with the Los Angeles Clippers after playing for the Raptors, New York Knicks and Denver Nuggets.
Dana Dingle (1993-96) was a key part to four straight Atlantic 10 Championships and NCAA Tournament berths. He was named to the All-Atlantic 10 Conference Third Team in 1996 and the Second Team NABC All-District Team in 1996 as well. Dingle scored 1,043 points in his career including a personal-best 10.1 ppg along with 7.4 rebounds as a senior in 1996. His 137 career games played ranks as the most-ever at UMass.
Will Herndon (1990-92) was a huge key to the building process of UMass' success in the 1990s after transferring to the school. He was named to the All-Atlantic 10 Conference in 1990 after scoring 15.5 points per game and shooting 60.3% from the floor. Herndon still holds the school record for field goal percentage in a career at an astonishing 64.6 %. He has the top two single-season marks at 72.0% in his senior year of 1992 and 63.2% in 1991.
Jim McCoy (1989-92) was a cornerstone in the rebirth of the UMass basketball fortunes under coach John Calipari, and finished his standout career as the school's all-time leading scorer with 2,374 points. A four-year letterman for Calipari, the sharp-shooting McCoy was a four-time All-Atlantic 10 selection and three-time All-District performer. The Pittsburgh, Pa., product earned All-Freshman and third team All-Conference honors as a rookie in 1988-89, then picked up first team honors in his final three seasons as a Minuteman. McCoy was the first Minuteman ever to earn first team All-Atlantic 10 recognition. He was also named to the A-10 All-Tournament team as a sophomore and senior. McCoy still holds UMass career marks for points scored (2,374), field goals made (876) and attempted (2,013) and games started (121). He ranks among UMass' all-time leaders in scoring average (18.8 ppg, third), free throws made (575, second) and attempted (810, second), steals (141, sixth), games played (126, tie-fifth) and minutes played (4,180, second). The only player in school history to record four 500-point scoring seasons, McCoy owns three of the top 10 one-year scoring totals in school history.
Lou Roe (1992-95) was the first basketball player in school history to earn first team All-America, getting named in 1995, the same year he was the A-10 Player of the Year. He was also named first team A-10 three times from 1993-1995. He is UMass' all-time leading rebounder with 1,070 and is the third all-time leading scorer with 1,905 points. He led UMass to the NCAA Tournament in all four seasons at UMass, including the Elite Eight as a senior. He finished his UMass career averaging 14.2 points, 8.0 rebounds while shooting 53%. Roe's numbers included 7.8 points and 6.4 rebounds as a freshman, 13.8 points and 9.2 rebounds as sophomore, 18.6 points and 8.3 rebounds as a junior, and 16.5 points and 8.1 rebounds as a senior. He was selected a team captain twice. After his stellar UMass career, Roe was drafted in the second round by the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association in 1995. He played for Detroit in the '95-'96 season and for Golden State in '96-'97. Today he continues to play overseas.
Carmelo Travieso (1994-97) was a star guard for four straight NCAA Tournament teams at UMass. He was selected for back-to-back All-Atlantic 10 Conference Second Team awards in 1996 and 1997. He still ranks 22nd in career scoring with 1,186 points. He scored personal-best 14.8 as a senior in 1997. He was a First-Team NABC All-District player in 1997 after being a second-team pick as junior. He is tied for the most 3-pointers made in a season with 104. He also ranks third in career 3-points made (245) and attempts (666). His 130 games played are the fourth-most.
Harper Williams (1990-93) was a two-time First Team All-Atlantic 10 basketball player from 1989-93. He was named the A-10 Tournament Most Valuable Player twice, winning it in 1992 and 1993. He was on the third team in 1991 and was on the All-Rookie team in 1990. He finished his four-year UMass career with 1,534 points and 854 rebounds, both seventh best on the all-time UMass list. His 222 career blocks are third all-time. As a junior, Williams was instrumental in leading Coach John Calipari's Minutemen to national prominence, helping lead the team to its first A-10 regular season and tournament titles in 1992. He averaged 13.9 points and 7.5 rebounds. That team went on to win the school's first NCAA Tournament game, advancing to the Sweet 16. As a senior captain, he led the team to the A-10 regular season and tournament titles, along with another NCAA Tournament appearance. He had his most productive year, averaging 15.3 points and 8.4 rebounds. In his four seasons in Amherst, Williams teams went 91-39 and 44-22 in the A-10. His teams had four straight winning seasons, that coming after the school had 11 consecutive losing seasons before his arrival.
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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