Markel Humphrey Named To All-Freshman Team

Marshall's Markel Humphrey was named Tuesday to the All-Freshman Team for Conference USA, announced at the C-USA Basketball Tournament in Memphis, Tennessee. Humphrey is the first Marshall player to be named to a all-frosh team in any league for the Herd since J.R. VanHoose was named to the Mid-American Conference team in 1999, and is MU's 16th member of an All-Freshman team in any league (three in the MAC, from 1997-2005, and 12 in the Southern Conference, from 1977-97).

Markel Humphrey averages 7.4 points and 4.9 rebounds per game for the Herd, starting 20 of 27 games for Marshall as a true frosh. In Conference USA play, he has been even better. Humphrey has started every league game, helping MU to a 5-9 mark and the No. 9 seed in the tournament starting on Wednesday. In league games, he is averaging 8.8 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. Humphrey, with 33 assists in 14 games, is second in assists in C-USA game to only MU point guard Chris Ross (72).

"I am very proud to be named to this team, but a lot of credit goes to my teammates and coaches," said Humphrey following practice at FedEx Forum in Memphis. "They had a lot of faith in me this year, but the guys have kidded me about this lately. The other players on the All-Freshman team are really good ball players, a good list of players." Ron Jirsa, the head coach of the Herd, echoed his freshman forward's comments. "Markel really stepped up in a situation where we needed him and has really flourished," said Jirsa.

"He is very deserving of this award, not only for the numbers he has put up in the Conference USA season but also for his play against the top teams in C-USA." Humphrey played some of his best basketball against the top teams in C-USA and the nation. He led the Herd in scoring with 19 points and an emphatic dunk in Huntington against the No. 5 team in the nation and the top-seed in C-USA, the Memphis Tigers. He also led Marshall in scoring against UTEP, the No. 3 seed in the tourney, with 14 points. "The Humper" led Marshall in rebounding with 10 against the No. 6 team in the nation, the George Washington Colonials, who the Herd fell to in overtime. He had 15 rebounds in a MU win at SMU and was tied for the rebound lead in home wins over Southern Miss and UCF, the No. 5 seed in the C-USA Tournament, who the Herd swept in the regular season. He led the Herd in steals in games with UAB, UCF and Houston and led in assists in games with Southern Miss, SMU and UCF.

Other members of the team include the Memphis duo of Shawne Williams and Chris Douglas-Roberts, Courtney Beasley of Southern Miss and Sam Hinnant of East Carolina, as voted by the league's 12 head coaches and select media. Williams was named the Freshman of the Year, while UAB senior Carldell "Squeaky" Johnson was awarded Defensive Player of the Year honors and Tulsa senior Anthony Price was selected as the Sixth Man of the Year. Williams, who was the only freshman to earn 2006 All-Conference honors with his selection to the third team, was named the Freshman of the Year. The Memphis, Tenn., native was the Tigers' third leading scorer this season, averaging 13.0 ppg. Douglas-Roberts averaged 8.8 points during the regular season and tied for second on the team with 41 steals.

Beasley stepped up during conference play and enters the C-USA Tournament as the Golden Eagles' top scorer with an average of 10.9 points per game, and a team-best 41 steals. Hinnant became the fourth Pirate in East Carolina's five seasons in the league to earn All-Freshman honors. The rookie was the only other player besides Second Team All-Conference selection Corey Rouse to start all 27 games for East Carolina, ranking second on the team in scoring with 10.4 points per game.

Johnson, who earned his first All-Conference USA recognition with a first team selection, was voted as the Defensive Player of the Year. The UAB senior leads Conference USA and is ranked in the Top 10 nationally for assists (6.37 per game) and steals (2.81). Johnson is also a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award for the nation's top point guard.

Tulsa senior Anthony Price was the only Golden Hurricane to receive conference honors with his selection as the C-USA Sixth Man of the Year. Price is the team's leading scorer (11.2 ppg) and second-leading rebounder (5.9 rpg), despite only making six starts in TU's 27 games this season.

2005-06 ALL-CONFERENCE USA FRESHMAN TEAM
Courtney Beasley, Southern Miss, G, 6-3, 220, Fr., Huntsville, Ala.
Chris Douglas-Roberts, Memphis, G, 6-5, 180, Fr., Detroit, Mich.
Sam Hinnant, East Carolina, G, 6-4, 195, Fr., Charlotte, N.C.
Markel Humphrey, Marshall, G, 6-5, 215, Fr., Stockbridge, Ga.
Shawne Williams, Memphis, F/G, 6-9, 205, Fr., Memphis, Tenn.

2005-06 FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Shawne Williams, Memphis, F/G, 6-9, 205, Fr., Memphis, Tenn.
2005-06 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Carldell "Squeaky" Johnson, UAB, G, 5-10, 180, Sr., New Orleans, La.
2005-06 SIXTH MAN OF THE YEAR Anthony Price, Tulsa, C, 6-8, 225, Sr., The Woodlands, Texas

The United States Basketball Writers Association also released its All-American team today and Memphis senior Rodney Carney was named to the second team. The USBW list includes:
First Team Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown
Randy Foye, Villanova G 6-4 205 Sr. Newark, N.J.
Adam Morrison, Gonzaga F 6-8 205 Jr. Spokane, Wash.
J.J. Redick, Duke G 6-4 190 Sr. Roanoke, Va.
Brandon Roy, Washington G 6-6 210 Sr. Seattle, Wash.
Shelden Williams, Duke F 6-9 250 Sr. Forest Park, Okla.
Second Team Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown
Dee Brown, Illinois G 6-0 185 Sr. Maywood, Ill.
Rodney Carney, Memphis F 6-7 205 Sr. Indianapolis, Ind.
Rudy Gay, Connecticut F 6-9 220 So. Baltimore, Md.
Leon Powe, California F 6-8 240 So. Oakland, Calif.
P.J. Tucker, Texas F 6-5 225 Jr. Raleigh, N.C.


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