TSU’s Rushing named to TAAC all-league

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, February 27, 2001

Troy State junior point guard Robert Rushing was named second-team all-conference on Monday when the squads were announced by the Trans America Athletic Conference office.

Rushing, who leads the Trojans in scoring (14.8 ppg), assists (4.4 apg) and steals (2.7 spg), was the only Troy State player selected to the post-season squads. The teams are selected after a vote of the league’s head coaches.

"We are certainly proud of Robert and feel that he is very deserving," Troy State head coach Don Maestri said. "He has meant a lot to our basketball team this season."

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The Ft. Gaines, Ga., native has scored in double figures in 23 of the team’s 28 games and has scored 20 or more points seven times. He set career highs this season with 10 assists against Campbell on Jan. 18 and 10 rebounds against Georgia State on Jan. 20. He also recorded his first career double-doubles in each of those games.

Rushing this season also became just the third player to eclipse 1,000 points in a career since the Trojans moved to Division I status in 1993. He accomplished that feat against Florida A&M on Feb. 14. He currently leads the TAAC in steals.

Leading the way on the TAAC first-team are: Scott Emerson, Mercer; Shernard Long, Georgia State; Kevin Morris, Georgia State; Marc Salyers, Samford; and Sebastian Singletary, Stetson.

On the second team with Rushing are: Rodney Kirtz, Mercer; Mike McDaniel, Jacksonville State; Shawn Platts, Jacksonville; and Thomas Terrell, Georgia State.

Long was named the TAAC Player of the Year, while Georgia State coach Lefty Driesell was named Coach of the Year.