Matthews, Terrell Earn Preseason Accolades from Atlantic 10

Matthews, Terrell Earn Preseason Accolades from Atlantic 10

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senior guards E.C. Matthews and Jared Terrell were named to the preseason All-Atlantic 10 Team, which was announced by the league Tuesday morning as part of Media Day at the Capital One Arena.

Matthews was a first-team selection, while Terrell earned spots on both the second team and the all-defensive team. The senior guards – who helped lead Rhode Island to the 2017 Atlantic 10 title – have combined to score 2,701 points, the second most among active teammates in the country. Only the St. Bonaventure duo of Jaylen Adams and Matt Mobley (2,707) have combined for more.

Matthews was the Most Outstanding Player of the 2017 Atlantic 10 Championship after averaging 19.3 points and 5.7 rebounds per game during Rhode Island's run to the championship. He has earned all-conference recognition four times previously in his career. He was a third-team selection last season and a second-team pick following his sophomore campaign in 2014-15. As a freshman he was the league's Rookie of the Year and an all-rookie pick.

Terrell has been a mainstay in the lineup since he started 32 of 33 games en route to all-rookie team honors in 2014-15. He has played 100 games over the last three seasons, making 99 starts. Over the course of his career, Terrell has scored 1,182 points, averaging 11.8 points per contest. He also has 120 career steals while often drawing defensive assignments against the opposition's top offensive player.

This is the second consecutive season Rhode Island has had two players on the A-10's preseason all-conference team. Last year Matthews and Hassan Martin both received second-team honors.