March 11, 2014
IRVING, Texas – After stellar basketball seasons in which they finished among the top 15 scorers in the league, Ryan Taylor (Indianapolis) and Kareem Canty (Harlem, N.Y.) were named to the 2013-14 Conference USA All-Freshman team, the league office announced Tuesday.
The team was chosen by league coaches and a media panel representing the 16 member schools. The two selections mark the fourth and fifth All-Freshman picks for the Thundering Herd since it joined C-USA in 2005-06.
Averaging 13.1 points and 7.2 rebounds in 29 games, Taylor leads Marshall in boards and has been a double-double threat, having recorded seven on the season. Taylor was named C-USA Freshman of the Week on two occasions during the year (Jan. 6 and 27).
In 31 games this season, Canty has averaged 16.4 points (fifth in C-USA) and 5.7 assists per game (third in C-USA); with his assist average ranking 26th in Division I. His strong numbers were sustained throughout the season as the first-year player was named C-USA Freshman of the Week for three consecutive weeks (Dec. 2, 9 and 16).
Canty has posted four double-doubles on the season (all points-assists). With a 22-point performance against Charlotte (March 6) to close the regular season, Canty eclipsed the 500-point mark. His accomplishment marks the 39th time it has been achieved in Marshall hoops history, and among freshmen trails only Skip Henderson (584 in 1984-85) and DeAndre Kane (513 in 2010-11).
The Herd will begin Conference USA Tournament play against Florida Atlantic today (Tuesday), at 8 p.m. (ET) at the Don Haskins Center.
In-game Twitter updates @HerdMBB, results and a recap from the night’s action will be available at HerdZone.com.
2013-14 Conference USA All-Freshman Team
Marquan Botley, Florida Atlantic, G, 5-9, 160, Plano, Texas Kareem Canty, Marshall, G, 6-1, 180, Harlem, N.Y.
Ryan Taylor, Marshall, F, 6-5, 227, Indianapolis
Sean Obi, Rice, F, 6-9, 265, Kaduna, Nigeria
Jonathan Stark, Tulane, G, 6-0, 160, Munford, Tenn.
Vince Hunter, UTEP, F, 6-8, 200, Detroit