Daniels & Sanders named to All-Decade Team

GO CARDINALS <strong>Alan Daniels scored 1,306 career points in just two seasons</strong>
GO CARDINALS
Alan Daniels scored 1,306 career points in just two seasons
GO CARDINALS

March 6, 2013

BEAUMONT - The Southland Conference released its final all-decade team today in celebration of 50 years of basketball excellence and former Lamar University stars Alan Daniels and Lamar Sanderswere both recognized on the team of the 2000s.

Daniels played for the Cardinals from 2004-06 and was a first-team all-conference selection in each of his two seasons. A native of Tulsa, Okla., Daniels 1,306 career points in just 60 games. His career scoring average of 21.8 points per game is the best in school history and his 23.5 points per game average as a senior is the single-season record at Lamar.

Daniels scored 30 or more points in a game 13 times and posted a career-high 41 points at No. 9 Memphis on Nov. 28, 2005. The 6-foot-6 forward also had a 40-point outing at Louisiana-Monroe later that same season. Daniels also grabbed 361 career rebounds, handed out 172 assists and is tied for eighth in LU history with 130 career steals.

Sanders was also a two-year letterwinner for the Cardinals, playing in 62 career games from 2006-08. A 6-foot-6 forward from Hickory, Miss., Sanders earned First-Team All-Southland Conference honors as a senior after being named to the second-team as a junior.

For his career, Sanders averaged 12.0 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. Sanders averaged 11.7 points and 7.0 rebounds per game as a senior, helping the Cardinals to a 13-3 league mark and a Southland Conference regular season co-championship.

Sanders, who was the 2007 Southland Conference Newcomer of the Year, recorded the only triple-double in school history when he posted 11 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists in a 71-68 win over Louisiana Tech.

In addition to the selection of the 20 all-decade players, two of the picks, Ricky Woods (2004-06) of Southeastern Louisiana and LeRoy Hurd (2002-04) of Texas-San Antonio, were selected as the Co-Players of the Decade.

Woods was the 2006 Southland Conference Player of the Year after averaging 17.8 points and 10.9 rebounds per game, a figure that led the league. He helped lead the Lions to a share of the 2005 regular-season championship, their second of back-to-back titles. The 2005 team went on to win the conference tournament and make its only NCAA tournament appearance in school history. In two seasons with the Lions, the forward from New Orleans, La., averaged 17.5 points per game and 8.7 rebounds, figures that rank fourth and sixth in Southeastern history. He also ranks fifth in steals (113) and 10th in field goal percentage (.526). He scored 1,065 points, which is the most by any two-year player in school history. Woods was a two-time first-team all-conference selection and averaged 17.2 points per game in 2004-05, his first season with the Lions. He also recorded the school's first triple-double, going for 28 points, 16 rebounds and 10 steals in the 2005-06 regular-season finale at Lamar.

Hurd was the 2004 Southland Player of the Year after being named the Newcomer of the Year in 2003. The forward from Moss Point, Miss., was a first-team all-conference selection in 2004 after earning second-team honors in 2003. He helped UTSA finish 19-14 and earn a share of the conference regular-season championship before winning the tournament title to advance to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1999. Hurd ranks 14th overall and third among two-year players on the school's career scoring chart with 1,027 points and his 18.7 career scoring average ranks third in school annals. He scored 639 points as a senior, which is the second-highest total in school history, while averaging 19.4 points per game. Hurd's 440 career rebounds places him 13th on UTSA's all-time list and second among two-year players. He averaged 8.0 rebounds in his career, which is tied for second. His 264 rebounds in 2003-04 rank fourth on the school's single-season chart.

Joining Woods on the all-decade team from Southeastern Louisiana is Nate Lofton (2003-05), the 2004 Newcomer of the Year and two-time first-team all-conference selection. Lofton is currently a member of the Harlem Globetrotters and is a two-time contestant on the Amazing Race.

UTSA has two other players on the all-decade team and tied Texas A&M-Corpus Christi for second most with three members on the team. Guard Devin Brown (1998-2002), a three-time first-team all-conference selection and the 1999 Freshman of the Year, and forward McEverett Powers (1998-2002), the 2002 Player of the Year.

Center Chris Daniels (2006-08) and guard Josh Washington (2006-07) helped the A&M-Corpus Christi win the regular-season and tournament titles during their first season in the league in 2007. Daniels, the 2007 Player of the Year, and Washington each earned all-conference honors. Forward Kevin Palmer (2008-10) was a two-time first-team all-conference selection and was the 2009 Newcomer of the Year.

Sam Houston State led all teams with four members during the decade including guard Corey Allmond (2008-10), forwards Ryan Bright (2004-08) and Seneca Wall (1999-2001) and center Donald Cole (2001-03). Cole, the 2002 Newcomer of the Year, was the Southland Player of the Year and a first-team all-conference selection during the Bearkat's championship season of 2003. Sam Houston also won the conference tournament to advance to the NCAA tournament. Wall, who scored 45 points in a double-overtime win over Texas-Arlington in the quarterfinals of the 2001 conference tournament, earned first-team all-league honors that season. Allmond and Bright were two-time first-team all-conference players.

Northwestern State and Stephen F. Austin joined Southeastern and Lamar with two members on the all-decade team. Northwestern State is represented by center Clifton Lee (2002-06), a first-team all-league pick in 2006, and Jermaine Wallace (2002-06), who famously lifted the Demons to a last-second, first-round upset over Iowa with a 3-pointer in the NCAA tournament. Guard Josh Alexander (2005-09) and forward Matt Kingsley (2005-09) make up the SFA contingent on the all-decade team. Alexander and Kingsley were back-to-back Players of the Year in 2008 and 2009.

The 2000s all-decade team is rounded out by McNeese State forward Fred Gentry (1998-2002) and Louisiana-Monroe forward Wojceich Myrda (1998-2002), who led the league in blocked shots four consecutive seasons from 1999-2002. His 535 career blocks led the NCAA for several years though the total now ranks second.

Sam Houston State's Bob Marlin, who coached the Bearkats from 1999-2010, finished his career ranked second all-time in the Southland Conference with 225 wins, trailing only his mentor Mike Vining, the former coach at Louisiana-Monroe and league's Coach of the Decade in the 1990s, who tallied 383 wins. Marlin was 225-130 in his 12 seasons in Huntsville, leading the Bearkats to six 20-win seasons, three regular-season conference championships, two conference tournament championships and two trips to the NCAA tournament. He is one of four coaches in the league to have won at least 200 games. In addition to Vining, SFA's Danny Kaspar (243) and Northwestern State Mike McConathy (219) also have topped the mark. His Bearkat squads led the league in scoring twice (2003 and 2010). Marlin, a three-time Southland Coach of the Year (2000, 2003 and 2010), is now the head coach at Louisiana-Lafayette.

In the last two weeks, the Southland Conference has announced the All-Decade Teams for the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.

To best assess the candidate pool for the all-decade team, the Southland Conference developed a metric that analyzed numerous elements of a student-athlete's performance and value within the league at the time. Most notably, the conference honored "real-time" factors such as all-conference selection by coaches and a player's statistical performance among his peers at the time. Further, other components of selection including a player's effort toward helping his team win a championship or finish near the top of the conference, whether he earned individual honors from the league, if he participated in postseason tournaments, and if he was drafted by the NBA or ABA at the time.

Southland Conference 2000s All-Decade Men’s Basketball Team

Name

Josh Alexander

Corey Allmond

Ryan Bright

Devin Brown

Donald Cole

Alan Daniels

Chris Daniels

Freg Gentry

Leroy Hurd

Matt Kingsley

Clifton Lee

Nate Lofton

Wojceich Myrda

Kevin Palmer

McEverett Powers

Lamar Sanders

Seneca Wall

Jermaine Wallace

Josh Washington

Ricky Woods

School

Stephen F. Austin

Sam Houston State

Sam Houston State

Texas-San Antonio

Sam Houston State

Lamar

A&M-Corpus Christi

McNeese State

Texas-San Antonio

Stephen F. Austin

Northwestern State

Southeastern La.

Louisiana-Monroe

A&M-Corpus Christi

Texas-San Antonio

Lamar

Sam Houston State

Northwestern State

A&M-Corpus Christi

Southeastern La.

SLC Years

2005-09

2008-10

2004-08

1998-02

2001-03

2004-06

2006-08

1998-02

2002-04

2005-09

2002-06

2003-05

1998-02

2008-10

1998-02

2006-08

1999-01

2002-06

2006-07

2004-06

Pos.

G

G

F

G

C

F

C

F

F

F

C

C

F

F

F

F

F

G

G

F

Ht.

6-4

6-1

6-6

6-5

6-8

6-6

7-0

6-6

6-8

6-9

6-7

6-10

7-0

6-6

6-7

6-6

6-4

6-3

6-3

6-6

Hometown

Shreveport, La.

Oxon Hil, Md.

Deer Park, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Port Arthur, Texas

Tulsa, Okla.

San Antonio, Texas

DeQuincy, La.

Moss Point, Miss.

Houston, Texas

Boyce, La.

New Orleans, La.

Rzeszoe, Poland

Baltimore, Md.

Memphis, Tenn.

Hickory, Miss.

Fort Worth, Texas

Heflin, La.

Lubbock, Texas

New Orleans, La.

Co-Players of the Decade:
Ricky Woods, Southeastern La., 2004-06
Leroy Hurd, Texas-San Antonio, 2002-04

Coach of the Decade:
Bob Marlin, Sam Houston State

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