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JMU’s Brady, Three CAA Players Receive All-State Honors

Apr 10, 2013, 1:56 PM EDT

(courtesy JMU Athletics/Cathy Kushner)

After leading James Madison to its third 21-win season in five years and first CAA championship and NCAA Tournament appearance in 19 years, head coach Matt Brady was announced Tuesday as the State Coach of the Year by the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID).

Three CAA players were honored on the All-State second team: JMU senior guard Devon Moore, William & Mary sophomore guard Marcus Thornton and George Mason junior guard Sherrod Wright.

Brady won the honor for the University Division, which is comprised of all state institutions competing at the Division I level.  The award is selected by member sports information directors at all levels throughout the state.  The VaSID honor came one week after Brady was named NABC District 10 Co-Coach of the Year while Moore was also All-District Second Team.

JMU’s CAA title and NCAA appearance were each the first for the school since 1994.  The Dukes (21-15 overall, 11-7 CAA) had not reached the semifinals of the CAA Tournament since 2001 before advancing past William and Mary 72-67 this year and then defeating Delaware 58-57 on March 10 to reach the championship.  Madison had not advanced to the title game since 1997 but went on to defeat Northeastern 70-57 in one of its best performances of the season.

In addition to the first NCAA appearance in 19 years, JMU went on to defeat LIU Brooklyn in the First Four in Dayton, Ohio to clinch the program’s first NCAA postseason win since 1983. The victory gave JMU 21 wins before ultimately finishing at 21-15, tied for the second-most wins in program history.  It was Brady’s third 21-win season in five years at Madison, giving him three of the top seven win totals in program history.

Moore was selected to the All-CAA teams after averaging 11.1 points per game and leading the conference in assists with 4.9 per game. He became JMU’s all-time assists leader this season with 502 and finished his career with 1,317 points.

Thornton made the All-CAA second team and the NABC All-District first team this season. He ranked second in the league in scoring with 18.8 points per game and topped the conference and ranked among the top 20 nationally in three-pointers per game (3.1) and three-point field goal percentage (43.5%).

Wright was a member of the All-CAA and NABC All-District second teams this season. He led the Patriots and ranked seventh in the conference in scoring with 16.6 points per game. He shot 46.5% from the floor and also grabbed 4.9 rebounds per game.

JMU’s all-time assist leader with 502, Moore led the league in assists by a wide margin with 4.9 per game (5.1 in league play).  He was also second in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.0), 10th in minutes per game (33.9), 14th in steals per game (1.3) and 23rd in s coring (11.1 points per game).

2012-13 VaSID University Division All-State Men’s Basketball Teams
VaSID Player of the Year
– Erick Green, Sr., Virginia Tech
VaSID Coach of the Year – Matt Brady, James Madison
VaSID Rookie of the Year – Michael Kessens, Fr., Longwood

First Team
Erick Green, Sr., Virginia Tech
Joe Harris, Jr., Virginia
Treveon Graham, So., VCU
Stan Okoye, Sr., VMI
Pendarvis Williams, Jr., Norfolk State

Second Team
Akil Mitchell, Jr., Virginia
Devon Moore, Sr., James Madison
Juvonte Reddic, Jr., VCU
Marcus Thornton, So., William and Mary
Sherrod Wright, Jr., George Mason

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