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Smith and Curry Named Mid-Major All-Americans

March 31, 2009  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Seth Curry (left) and Anthony Smith (right) were honored on CollegeInsider.com's Mid-Major All-America team.

Seth Curry (left) and Anthony Smith (right) were honored on CollegeInsider.com's Mid-Major All-America team.

CollegeInsider.com 2009 Honor Roll

After helping Liberty to its first 20-win campaign in 13 seasons and a berth in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT), senior Anthony Smith and freshman Seth Curry have been honored as Mid-Major All-Americans by CollegeInsider.com.

Smith, a preseason pick on CollegeInsider.com's Mid-Major All-American list, tabbed honorable mention honors during a senior campaign where he averaged 17.6 points per game and pulled down a career-best 6.5 rebounds per contest. Smith concluded his prestigious Liberty career No. 9 all-time in the Big South Conference in scoring, while finishing No. 6 in the Liberty annals. Smith's 1,754 career points rank second only to Larry Blair (2,211) in Liberty's Division I era. The Plano, Texas native was the Big South Conference preseason player of the year and secured first team honors on the Big South all-conference and NABC all-district teams.

Curry, the nation's leading freshman scorer at 20.2 points per game, earned Mid-Major All-American honors by CollegeInsider.com, while also being touted as the Big South's Most Valuable Player. The website named Radford's Artsiom Parakhouski as its Big South Player of the Year and VMI's Duggar Baucom and Radford's Brad Greenberg as the league's Co-Coaches of the Year. Curry led the Big South in points scored (707), a mark that ranks No. 5 all-time on the single-season Big South scoring list. The Charlotte, N.C., native was named the Big South Freshman of the Year, while earning second team honors on the Big South all-conference and NABC all-district teams.

Smith and Curry became the first Liberty duo to tally at least 600 points in a season since Karl Hess (972) and Ed Vickers (708) first accomplished the feat during Flames' 28-11 NCCAA national championship season in 1980.

CollegeInsider.com's Mid-Major All-America Team
Rather than assembling first, second, third and fourth team squads, the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major All-America team is one team consisting of 21 players and honorable mention selections. Division I coaches and NBA scouts are part of the selection process, but the final decision rests with the CollegeInsider.com staff.

NOTE: Stephen Curry (Davidson), Lester Hudson (UT-Martin), Eric Maynor (VCU) and Patrick Mills (Saint Mary's) were all named to the CollegeInsider.com All-America Team.

Marqus Blakely # F 6-5 Jr. Vermont
Matt Bouldin G 6-5 Jr. Gonzaga
John Bryant C 6-10 Sr. Santa Clara
Jeremy Chappell G 6-3 Sr. Robert Morris
Seth Curry G 6-3 Fr. Liberty
Kenny Hasbrouck # G 6-3 Sr. Siena
Gordon Hayward F 6-8 Fr. Butler
Matt Howard # F 6-7 So. Butler
Cedric Jackson G 6-3 Sr. Cleveland State
Charles Jenkins G 6-3 So. Hofstra
Johnathon Jones # G 5-11 Jr. Oakland
Gerald Lee # F 6-10 Jr. Old Dominion
Tywain McKee # G 6-2 Sr. Coppin State
Orlando Mendez-Valdez G 6-1 Sr. Western Kentucky
Demetrius Nelson F 6-8 Sr. The Citadel
Drake Reed F 6-5 Sr. Austin Peay
Alex Renfroe G 6-2 Sr. Belmont
Larry Sanders F 6-9 So. VCU
Ryan Thompson # G 6-6 Jr. Rider
Kevin Tiggs F 6-4 Sr. East Tennessee State
Ben Woodside G 5-11 Sr. North Dakota State

HONORABLE MENTION: Michael Bramos # (G, 6-5, Sr, Miami), Osiris Eldridge # (G, 6-3, Jr, Illinois State), Shy Ely (G, 6-4, Sr, Evansville), Kenneth Faried (F, 6-8, So, Morehead State), Matt Janning, (G, 6-4, Jr, Northeastern), Tremaine Townsend (F, 6-9, Sr, Cal State Northridge), Omar Samhan (C, 6-11, Jr, Saint Mary's), Diamon Simpson # (F, 6-7, Sr, Saint Mary's), Anthony Smith # (G, 6-5, Sr, Liberty), Edwin Ubiles # (F, 6-6, Jr, Siena), Ryan Wittman # (F, 6-6, Jr, Cornell), Booker Woodfox (G, 6-1, Sr, Creighton).

# Player was named to collegeinsider.com pre-season All-America team.