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Men's Hoops Keeps Awards Coming

April 7, 2009  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty garnered 19 postseason awards this season setting a program record.

Liberty garnered 19 postseason awards this season setting a program record.

The awards keep flowing in for the Liberty men's basketball team, following the Flames' recent 23-12 campaign and berth in the inaugural Postseason Tournament (CIT). Four members of the men's basketball program have earned a total of 19 postseason honors from various outlets.

Four Liberty starters have nabbed at least one honor, headlined by Seth Curry's 13 postseason honors. Curry was named Big South Freshman of the Year and Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) Rookie of the Year, an award bestowed upon the top newcomer amongst the state's 14 Division I men's basketball programs. Curry's rookie campaign, where he led the nation's freshmen in scoring (20.2), helped him garner freshman All-American honors from, as well as being named to the second team on the all-freshman squad. Curry is the first freshman in Liberty history to be honored on the VaSID all-state team and is the third different player in the program's Division I era to be named to the first team. Peter Aluma earned the honor twice (1996 & 1997) and Larry Blair garnered the distinction once (2006), while Curry's rookie of the year honor by VaSID is a program first.

Senior Anthony Smith received four honors, including Big South first team all-conference recognition. The preseason mid-major all-American earned honorable mention honors on the prestigious website's postseason award list.

The 16 postseason awards sets a program record for most in a season, breaking the previous mark of seven by the 1980 and 1997 squads. Curry's 10 postseason awards surpass Aluma's previous program record of seven honors following the 1997 season. Ironically, Curry helped Liberty match Aluma's 1997 Liberty squad's program Division I record of 23 victories. Smith's four awards equals the third most with 1980s standouts Karl Hess and Ed Vickers. Larry Blair in 2004 also grabbed four postseason honors.

Below is a list of total awards Liberty players earned this season.

Anthony Smith
Big South All-Conference (First team)
NABC All-District (First team) Mid-Major All-American (Honorable Mention)
VaSID All-State (Honorable Mention)

Seth Curry
Big South Freshman of the Year
Big South All-Conference (Second team)
Big South All-Freshman
NABC All-District (Second team) Mid-Major All-American Freshman All-American Big South MVP All-Freshman (Second team)
Richmond Times-Dispatch All-State (Second team)
Basketball Times All-Freshman (First team) All-Freshman (Second team)
VaSID All-State Rookie of the Year
VaSID All-State (First team)

Kyle Ohman
Big South All-Academic

Jesse Sanders
Big South All-Freshman