Gransberry, Mattis Claim All-BIG EAST Honors

Junior Kentrell Gransberry and senior McHugh Mattis of the USF men's basketball team have each been rewarded for their respective efforts on the court this season by earning spots on the 2006-07 All-BIG EAST rosters, the league office announced Monday morning.


Gransberry was named to the All-BIG EAST Second Team and Mattis was tabbed to the All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention squad.  The voting is conducted by the league's head coaches, who may not vote for players on their own roster. 

"We are elated for both Kentrell and McHugh to be chosen to the All-BIG EAST teams," head coach Robert McCullum. 

Gransberry developed into a consistent performer at both ends of the court since becoming eligible in mid-December.  He concluded the season contributing 15.6 points and 11.4 rebounds per game while shooting 57.7 percent from the field.  He is currently tops in the league in rebounding and ranks among the nation's best in that category as well.  The Baton Rouge, La., native collected 12 double-doubles in 23 outings in 2006-07, capped by a 26-point, 23-board effort at DePaul on March 3. 

Gransberry's performance at DePaul was also one for the record books. 

Gransberry finished with a personal-best 26 points and 23 rebounds in 36 minutes of action.  He shot 11-of-22 from the field and 13 of his boards came at the offensive end.  He was named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll for his efforts against the Blue Demons. 

 Listed below is a summary of Gransberry's accomplishments at DePaul. 

  • Fifth player in USF history to join 20/20 club and first since Hakim Shahid in 1990 

  • Ninth player in BIG EAST history to join 20/20 club and first since Georgetown's Mike Sweetney in 2002 

  • 23 rebounds match the fourth-best single-game total in USF history (26, Fred Gibbs vs. West Florida, 12/3/72) 

  • 23 rebounds match the second-best single-game total in BIG EAST history (26, Michael Smith [PC] vs. SU – 1/25/94) 

  • 23 rebounds match the second-best single-game total in the nation this season (25 by Arizona Reid, High Point) 

  • 23 rebounds tied the single-game record at DePaul's Allstate Arena

"Kentrell's honor is a testament to his hard work and ability to elevate his game in a short period of time," McCullum said.  "He has just scratched the surface in terms of his abilities offensively and will be one of the most exciting returning post players in the league next season." 

Mattis leaves USF in possession of the school's single-season blocked shots record (109) and is third all-time in career blocks (171).  He is currently ranked among the league leaders in scoring (27th, 12.8 ppg.), rebounding (12th, 7.2 rpg.) and blocked shots (2nd, 3.63 bpg.).  Earlier this season, The North Lauderdale, Fla., native collected the program's second-ever triple-double with his performance at Winston-Salem State. 

"McHugh is one of the league's most improved players," McCullum said.  "He improved his production in each of the areas we set as goals prior to the season.  His explosiveness offensively, versatility to be able to defend several positions and shot-blocking abilities allowed him to distinguish himself.  

"Pound-for-pound he is one of the most productive players in the BIG EAST," McCullum added. 

Former USF standout and NBA draft selection Solomon Jones earned All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention accolades in 2005-06. 


2006-07 All-BIG EAST First Team

*Jeff Green, Georgetown, Jr., 6-9, 235, Hyattsville, Md.

*Roy Hibbert, Georgetown, Jr., 7-2, 283, Adelphi, Md.

Dominic James, Marquette, So., 5-11, 175, Richmond, Ind.

Russell Carter, Notre Dame, Sr., 6-4, 220, Paulsboro, N.J.

Colin Falls, Notre Dame, Sr., 6-5, 200, Park Ridge, Ill.

*Aaron Gray, Pittsburgh, Sr., 7-0, 270, Emmaus, Pa.

*Herbert Hill, Providence, Sr. 6-10, 240, Kinston, N.C.

Lamont Hamilton, St. John's, Sr., 6-10, 255, Brooklyn, N.Y.

*Demetris Nichols, Syracuse, Sr., 6-8, 212, Boston, Mass.

Curtis Sumpter, Villanova, Sr., 6-7, 225, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Frank Young, West Virginia, Sr., 6-5, 215, Tallahassee, Fla.


2006-07 All-BIG EAST Second Team

Jeff Adrien, Connecticut, So., 6-7, 238, Brookline, Mass.

Wilson Chandler, DePaul, So. 6-8, 210, Benton Harbor, Mich.

Sammy Mejia, DePaul, Sr., 6-6, 195, Bronx, N.Y.

David Padgett, Louisville, Jr., 6-11, 250, Reno, Nev.

Terrence Williams, Louisville, So., 6-6, 220, Seattle, Wash.

Jerel McNeal, Marquette, So., 6-3, 185, Chicago, Ill.

Levance Fields, Pittsburgh, So., 5-10, 190, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Brian Laing, Seton Hall, Jr., 6-5, 215, Bronx, N.Y.

Kentrell Gransberry, USF, Jr., 6-9, 270, Baton Rouge, La.

Scottie Reynolds, Villanova, Fr., 6-2, 195, Herndon, Va.


2006-07 All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention

Draelon Burns, DePaul, Jr., 6-4, 220, Milwaukee, Wis.

Jonathan Wallace, Georgetown, Jr., 6-1, 188, Harvest, Ala.

Sharaud Curry, Providence, So., 5-10, 165, Gainesville, Ga.

Geoff McDermott, Providence, So., 6-7, 240, New Rochelle, N.Y.

McHugh Mattis, USF, Sr., 6-6, 190, North Lauderdale, Fla.

Eric Devendorf, Syracuse, So., 6-4, 175, Bay City, Mich.

Mike Nardi, Villanova, Sr. 6-2, 170, Linden, N.J.


BIG EAST All-Rookie Team

Deonta Vaughn, Cincinnati, Fr., 6-1, 200, Indianapolis, Ind.

*Jerome Dyson, Connecticut, Fr., 6-3, 190, Rockville, Md.

Hasheem Thabeet, Connecticut, Fr., 7-3, 255, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

DaJuan Summers, Georgetown, Fr., 6-8, 235, Baltimore, Md.

Edgar Sosa, Louisville, Fr., 6-2, 170, New York, N.Y.

Luke Harangody, Notre Dame, Fr., 6-8, 250, Schererville, Ind.

Tory Jackson, Notre Dame, Fr., 5-10, 185, Saginaw, Mich.

*Eugene Harvey, Seton Hall, Fr., 6-0, 165, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Paul Harris, Syracuse, Fr., 6-5, 228, Niagara Falls, N.Y.

*Scottie Reynolds, Villanova, Fr., 6-2, 195, Herndon, Va.

Da'Sean Butler, West Virginia, Fr., 6-7, 205, Newark, N.J.


*denotes unanimous selection

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