EDISON, N.J. – Three Loyola University Maryland men’s basketball players who earned All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference honors last season were named to the league’s preseason honor rolls on Thursday.
Senior forward Erik Etherly was tabbed to repeat as anAll-MAAC First Team performer in 2012-2013, while senior guard Robert Olson and junior guard Dylon Cormier were selected the Preseason All-MAAC Second Team. Last year, Cormier was a member of the conference’s second team, while Olson garnered mention on the third team.
Etherly led the Greyhounds in scoring (13.7 points pergame), rebound (7.5 rpg) and blocked shots (50) last season and was named the MAAC Championships Most Valuable Player as the Greyhounds won the title andadvanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 18 years. He also wasnamed to the National Association of Basketball Coaches All-District II Second Team, becoming just the second player in school history to earn district honors from the coaches.
He is now one of five players – joining Siena College’s O.D. Anoskie, Manhattan College’s George Beamon, Iona College’s Lamont Jones and Fairfield University’s Derek Needham – eligible to be named MAAC Preseason Player of the Year, an honor that will be announced on Friday, November 9, during the MAAC Preseason Awards Show that will air live on ESPN3.
The MAAC Preseason Poll will also be announced at that time.
Cormier finished the year with a 13.4 points per game average and led the Greyhounds with 51 steals. He raised his shooting percentage from .379 to .461 from his freshman to sophomore years and led the Greyhounds in scoring 11 times while topping the 20-point mark seven times.
Olson, who yesterday was named one of 30 candidates for the national Senior CLASS Award, emerged as one of the nation’s top shooters from long range last season. He averaged 11.1 points per game and made 66 3-pointers during the year, the sixth-most in school single season history. He enters his senior season third on the Greyhounds’ all-time 3-point percentage chart (.4107) and sixth in career threes (138).
The trio will lead the Greyhounds onto the court in front of an audience for the first time in 2012-2013 on Monday night when the team hosts Seton Hill University in an exhibition game. Admission to the game is free, and tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m.
Loyola commences its regular season on Friday, November 9, when it hosts Binghamton at 7:30 p.m.