Martin, Matthews Named to USBWA All-District 1 Team

Martin, Matthews Named to USBWA All-District 1 Team

KINGSTON, R.I.Hassan Martin and E.C. Matthews were selected to the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) All-District I team.  It marks the second time the Rhody duo were named to the USBWA All-District I team, repeating the feat during the 2014-15 season.

Martin finished the regular season averaging 14.0 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.64 blocks, while connecting on close to 60% of his field goal attempts.  He registered five double-doubles in points and rebounds and three games with 17 or more rebounds, including a career-high 18 boards in a win over VCU.  Martin scored his 1,000th career point on Nov. 29 in a game at Valparaiso.

Defensively, Martin became the first player in A-10 history to lead the league in blocked shots for four consecutive years.  Through 25 games played, Martin blocked 66 shots - an average of 2.64 blocks per game.  That figure ranks him 11th nationally.  For his career, he has compiled 314 career blocks, which ranks second all-time at Rhode Island and eighth-best in A-10 history.

Matthews returned to the court after missing the 2015-16 season with a knee injury.  He led a balanced Rams offense in scoring, averaging 14.4 points per game - good for 14th in the Atlantic 10.  Matthews became the first of three Rhode Island players to reach the 1,000 point milestone this season, reaching the statistical milestone in the season opener against Dartmouth.

The 6-5 guard scored in double-figures in 22 of Rhode Island's 30 games.  The Rams compiled a 12-1 record in games where Matthews scored at least 17 points.  He connected on a team-best 53 3-pointers, giving him while also contributing 4.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 29 minutes per game.

The USBWA District I covers the six New England states - Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.  To view all nine USBWA All-District teams, click here