Lofton, Parker Named To TSWA All-State Teams


June 24, 2007

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Sports Writers Association today announces its 2006-07 collegiate all-state men’s and women’s basketball teams.

The teams were selected in a vote by TSWA members.

On the men’s team, a pair of University of Memphis Tigers’ headlines the team.

Joey Dorsey and Chris Douglas-Roberts helped the Tigers to a 33-4 record and a berth in the regional finals (Elite 8).

Named to the men’s team were:

• Derrick Byars, Vanderbilt University
• Joey Dorsey, University of Memphis
• Chris Douglas-Roberts, University of Memphis
• Justin Hare, Belmont University
• Chris Lofton, University of Tennessee

On the women’s team, Candace Parker of Tennessee and Chrissy Givens of Middle Tennessee – both consensus All-American – make repeat appearances on the squad.

Parker was a consensus player of the year and most outstanding player of the Lady Vols’ championship team. Givens was the Blue Raiders’ first first-team All-American.

Named to the women’s team were:

• Alysha Clark, Belmont
• Chrissy Givens, Middle Tennessee
• Reggie Maddox, Lambuth
• Candace Parker, Tennessee
• Carla Thomas, Vanderbilt

Capsules on TSWA All-State Collegiate Basketball Players

MEN

Derrick Byars, Vanderbilt University
Senior, Guard/Forward, Memphis, Tenn.
Named 2007 Southeastern Conference Player of the year and unanimous First-Team All-SEC selection by the league’s coaches … helped lead the Commodores to a 22-12 overall record, the second most league wins in the SEC (10) and a visit to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament … finished the year ranked among the SEC leaders in a league-high nine statistical categories: scoring (fourth at 17.0), 3-pointers per game (eighth at 2.32), field goal percentage (ninth at .457), 3-point field goal percentage (ninth at .373), steals (11th at 1.41), free throw percentage (12th at .711), assists (12th at 3.41), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.45-to-1) and rebounding (23rd at 4.9) … finished second in scoring with 19.1 points per game during league play … A two-time SEC Player of the Week selection, Byars led the Commodores in scoring 17 times during the season, including 14 of 20 games from the start of conference play through the postseason. He also led Vanderbilt in scoring in seven of its 10 games against ranked opponents, averaging 20.2 points and 4.5 rebounds while shooting 51.4 percent from the field and 40.6 percent from 3-point range … netted 24 points on 11-of-19 shooting in Vanderbilt’s 83-70 victory against then-No. 1 Florida. He posted 25 points on 10-of-16 shooting to go with seven rebounds in an 82-81 win over then-No. 16 Tennessee. He willed Vanderbilt to the Sweet 16, pouring in 19 of his game-high 27 points after intermission during the Commodores’ 78-74 double-overtime thriller against then-No. 13 Washington State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament … finished the year as the team leader in scoring (17.0), assists (3.4) and steals (1.4).

Joey Dorsey, University of Memphis
6-9, 260, Junior, Forward, Baltimore
Named to the 2006-07 All-Conference USA first team … Selected the 2006-07 Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year … A member of the C-USA All-Defensive Team … Named to the 2007 Conference USA All-Tournament Team (second-straight year) … Shared Memphis team MVP award with Chris Douglas-Roberts … Led Conference USA in rebounding at 9.4 rpg and ranked second in C-USA in field goal percentage (61.4 percent) and blocked shots (2.19 bpg) … His 81 blocked shots total led Conference USA … His 53 steals were second on the team … Had 20 double-digit rebounding games in 2006-07, and the Tigers were 18-2 in those games … Grabbed a season-high 16 boards vs. Southern Miss Jan. 27 … Scored a career-high 22 points vs. UCF Jan. 31 … Also had a career-best five steals vs. the Golden Knights in that same game … Named C-USA Player of the Week for Jan. 29-Feb. 4 … Moved into the top 10 on the Memphis career rebounding (No. 7 with 847 boards) and blocked shots (No. 5 with 190 blocks) charts in 2006-07.

Chris Douglas-Roberts, University of Memphis
6-6, 190, Sophomore, Guard, Detroit
A 2006-07 Associated Press All-America honorable mention pick … A 2007 NCAA Tournament All-South Region Team pick … Named to the 2006-07 All-Conference USA first team … Selected the 2007 Conference USA Tournament Most Valuable Player … Named to the NABC All-District 7 first team and USBWA All-District 4 team … Selected Conference USA MVP by collegeinsider.com … Named Conference USA Player of the Week twice (Dec. 11-17, 2006; Feb. 19-25, 2007) … Selected to the 2006 EA SPORTS Maui Invitational All-Tournament Team … Shared Memphis team MVP award with Joey Dorsey ... Led Tigers in scoring with a 15.4 average … Ranked among Conference USA leaders in scoring (6th), field goal percentage (4th) and free throw percentage (13th) … Had seven 20-point scoring games … Netted double figures in the final 18 games (following his injury midseason) of the year … Netted a career-high 28 points vs. Austin Peay … Suffered an ankle injury vs. Nevada in the NCAA Tournament second round, but bounced back to score 15 points vs. Texas A&M in the regional semifinals four days later.

Justin Hare, Belmont University
Junior, Guard, Cleveland, Tenn.
Led Belmont in scoring … was named to the first-team All-Atlantic Sun team … added to his reputation as a clutch player with some outstanding performances in the final minutes of games

Chris Lofton, University of Tennessee
6-2, 200, Junior, Guard, Maysville, Ky.
Second Team All-America (Associated Press, Sporting News, SI.com, Basketball Times, Rivals.com and Collegehoops.net) … Third Team All-America (NABC) … SEC Player of the Year (Associated Press and Dick Vitale, ESPN.com) … First team All-SEC (Associated Press & Coaches) … Wooden Award finalist … Naismith Trophy finalist … USBWA District 4 Player of the Year … Led the SEC with 20.8 points and 3.42 3-pointers per game … Ranks second all-time at UT with 313 3-pointers made and 714 3-point attempts … Ranks third in Southeastern Conference history with 313 career 3-pointers made.

WOMEN

Alysha Clark, Belmont University
5-11, Sophomore, Forward, Mt. Juliet, Tenn.
Clark lived up to the preseason hype, earning her second straight Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Year award as voted by the league’s head coaches, leading the A-Sun in scoring (17.2), rebounding (12.5) and field goal percentage (.601) while leading the Bruins to their third regular season title in the last four years … she ranks fourth nationally in rebounding despite standing just 5-feer, 11-inches tall, making her easily the shortest player in the NCAA top-10 in rebounding. … owns two of the A-Sun’s top 11 single season rebounding totals as well. … became the sixth player to win two Player of the Year awards and the fourth to win the honor in consecutive seasons.

Chrissy Givens, Middle Tennessee State University
Senior, Guard/Forward, Monroe, La.
Voted Sun Belt Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and SBC Tournament Most Outstanding Player for the second straight season … named Second Team All-American by the Associated Press and to the All-America team by the United States Basketball Writers Association, the first-ever All-America honors for a Middle Tennessee player … first player since Louisiana Tech’s Amanda Wilson (1997-98 and 1998-99) to win back-to-back SBC Player of the Year award and first player in league history to be named back-to-back Defensive Player of the Year … averaged 22.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 3.0 steals per game … voted the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American of the Year by the College Sports Information Directors of America … became the first-ever player drafted by the WNBA in April, taken 31st overall by the Phoenix Mercury

Reggie Maddox, Lambuth University
5-9, Senior, Dyersburg, Tenn.
Named NAIA First Team All-America in leading Lambuth to the NAIA National Championship … was named MVP of national tournament … led team in scoring with 16.5 points per game … selected TranSouth Conference Player and Newcomer of the Year … led team with 6.8 rebounds per game … also contributed 196 assists

Candace Parker, University of Tennessee
Sophomore, Forward/Guard/Center, Naperville, Ill.
Parker was the fourth underclassman to win the State Farm Wade Trophy, the women’s National Player of the Year award … was named Most Outstanding Player after averaging 15.5 points and 10.0 rebounds in two games in the Final Four, leading the Lady Vols to a national championship … recorded 34 double-digit scoring games (out of 36 total games), including 17 in the NCAA title game vs. Rutgers … was a consensus first-team All-America player … averaged 19.6 points and 9.8 rebounds for the season.

Carla Thomas, Vanderbilt University
6-3, Senior, Forward, Mechanicsburg, Pa.
Honorable-mention Kodak All-American... Most Valuable Player of the 2007 Southeastern Conference Tournament... Earned honor for second time in her career, becoming only the third SEC student-athlete to be so recognized... Unanimous first-team All-SEC selection by league coaches... Second-team pick by the Associated Press... Ranks sixth all-time at Vanderbilt in scoring with 1,774 career points... Ranked fourth in the league in scoring, 15th in rebounding... Also in the Top 10 in field goal percentage and free throw percentage... Season-high 32 points to go along with 11 rebounds at UAB... Also posted double-doubles against Arkansas (twice) and Bowling Green... Back-to-back 23-point games against LSU and Tennessee came right after she sprained her ankle in practice... Did not start first game of season due to injury, but did play a reserve role... Led Vanderbilt in scoring on 12 occasions, including six conference games... Semifinalist at the College 3-Point Shootout which preceded NCAA Men's Final Four... Drafted by the Chicago Sky with the 10th overall pick (first round) of the 2007 WNBA Draft.


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