Nov 30, 2013; Fairfax, VA, USA; Rhode Island Rams guard E.C. Matthews (0) collides with George Mason Patriots guard Corey Edwards (13) at Patriot Center. Mandatory Credit: Rafael Suanes-USA TODAY Sports

E.C. Matthews Named to 2014 Kyle Macy Freshman All-America Team


Atlantic 10 Co-Rookie of the Year? Check. All-A10 Freshman team? Also check. But if you thought those were the last of the accolades for E.C. Matthews, think again. The URI star was named to the Kyle Macy Freshman All-America team today, and he’s also a finalist for their National Freshman of the Year award. The accolades just keep piling up for the Michigan native, and it gives Rhody fans some excitement for the future.

So what exactly is the Kyle Macy Freshman of the Year award? Here’s some info from their official website:

The Kyle Macy award is presented annually to the top freshman in Division I college basketball. The 1975 Indiana “Mr. Basketball” played his freshman season at Purdue University. Macy averaged 13.8 points a game as a freshman, while leading the Boilermakers in free throws, shooting .859 percent from the line on the season. He started in 25 of 27 games, helping them to a 16-11 season record.

 
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The winner of the 2014 Macy award will be announced at the CollegeInsider.com Awards Banquet on April 4 in Dallas, site of the Division I Men’s Basketball Championship.

Not surprisingly, the list of finalists includes some big-time names in the world of college hoops. So while Matthews is likely a dark horse to take home top honors, it’s awesome to see his name included amongst some of these stars. Here’s the full list of nominees:

2014 KYLE MACY FRESHMEN ALL-AMERICA TEAM
DeAndre Bembry, Saint Joseph’s
Myles Davis, Xavier
James Daniel, Howard
Rodney Elliott, UMBC
Joel Embiid, Kansas
Tyler Ennis, Syracuse
Shannon Evans, Buffalo
Kahlil Felder, Oakland
Aaron Gordon, Arizona
Khallid Hart, Marist
Vince Hunter, UTEP
Rysheed Jordan, St. John’s
Tim Kempton, Lehigh
E.C. Matthews, Rhode Island
Jordan Mickey, LSU
Jabari Parker, Duke
London Perrantes, Virginia
Cameron Payne, Murray State
Bobby Portis, Arkansas
Julius Randle, Kentucky
Sindarius Thornwell, South Carolina
Noah Vonleh, Indiana
Paul Watson, Fresno State
Andrew Wiggins, Kansas
Marquis Wright, Siena

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