Courtesy of GoExplorers.com
PHILADELPHIA – La Salle head coach Dr. John Giannini was named the Philadelphia Big 5 Coach of the Year and senior Ramon Galloway (Philadelphia, Pa. / South Carolina) and junior Tyreek Duren (Philadelphia, Pa. / Neumann-Goretti) were named to the All-Big 5 First Team, it was announced today in voting by the city’s coaches and media. Both players were named to the All-Big 5 Second Team last year.
They will be honored with other men’s and women’s award winners at the annual Big 5 banquet in the Palestra, Monday, April 29 at 6 PM. Tickets for the Big 5 banquet can be reserved by contacting Steve Crider email@example.com.
It marks the first time that the Explorers placed two players on the All-Big 5 First Team since 1998-99 (Donnie Carr, K’Zell Wesson) and just the 12th time in the program’s history.
Giannini led the Explorers to a #24 final ranking in the USA Today/Coaches Poll, a 24-10 record and a trip to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen. La Salle also won a share of the Big 5 title with Temple after compiling a 3-1 City Series record.
His team captured three NCAA victories in five days, the most Tournament victories by La Salle since 1955. La Salle’s 24 wins were the seventh most in the program’s rich 82-year history and the most since 1990.
The Blue and Gold knocked off three nationally-ranked teams during the 2012-13 season, including #9/9 Butler, #19/16 VCU and #12/14 Kansas State. A program-record 11 Atlantic 10 wins tied for third in the nation’s seventh-best conference.
Galloway averaged a team-best 17.2 points per game, second in the Big 5, and dished a team-high 127 assists. He also earned first team All-Atlantic 10 recognition and first team all-district honors from the USBWA and NABC.
In just two seasons after transferring from South Carolina, Galloway scored 1,023 points to rank in the top 50 all-time at La Salle. He is second all-time in career three-point shooting percentage and 11th all-time in three-point field goals made.
Duren averaged 14.3 ppg. and 3.3apg. as a junior. He ranked 11th in the A-10 in scoring and second on the team in steals with 56. The Philadelphia product connected on a career-high 48 three-pointers and is shot a career-best .390 from behind the arc. He led the team in free throws (115) and free throws attempted (148).
The consummate point guard, Duren was named to the Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Watch List for the second straight season. He sports an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.7, good for fifth in the Atlantic 10. At La Salle, he ranks ninth all-time in steals (176) and assists (392).
Duren was a second team All-Atlantic 10 and NABC selection and has 1,259 points to rank 27th all-time at La Salle.
Both Galloway and Duren were named to the All-Big 5 Second Team last year.
La Salle fans can lock in this year’s prices and reserve their season ticket for the 2013-14 season by calling 215-951-1999 and placing a $50 deposit. Don’t miss any of the action as the Explorers are coming off a NCAA Sweet Sixteen trip and return nine of their top ten scorers.
ALL BIG 5
Khalif Wyatt (Temple)
Ramon Galloway (La Salle)
Tyreek Duren (La Salle)
JayVaughn Pinkston (Villanova)
Ronald Roberts (Saint Joseph’s)
Mouphtaou Yarou (Villanova)
Ryan Arcidiacono (Villanova)
Langston Galloway (Saint Joseph’s)
Carl Jones (Saint Joseph’s)
Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson (Temple)
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Khalif Wyatt (Temple)
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Ryan Arcidiacono (Villanova)
COACH OF THE YEAR: Dr. John Giannini (La Salle)
TEAM CHAMPIONS: Temple Owls and La Salle Explorers
MOST IMPROVED PLAYER: Darrun Hilliard (Villanova)
SCHOLAR ATHLETE: TJ DiLeo (Temple)
LEADING SCORER: Khalif Wyatt (Temple)
LEADING FREE THROW SHOOTER: Miles Cartwright (Penn)