And the winner of the 75th Haggerty Award as the top men's college basketball player of the year…WHITE PLAINS, NY – Jason Thompson of Rider was named winner of the 75th Haggerty Award as the 2007-08 All-Met Division I men’s college basketball player of the year, presented by the National Invitation Tournament and the Met Basketball Writers Assn. 

Tommy Dempsey of Rider won the Peter A. Carlesimo coach of the year award.


Charles Jenkins of Hofstra was named rookie of the year.


Joining Thompson on the All-Met first team: Antoine Agudio, Hofstra; Brian Laing, Seton Hall; Anthony Mason Jr., St. John’s; Bryant Dunston, Fordham; John Baumann, Columbia.


Named to the second team: Durell Vinson, Wagner; Mark Porter, Wagner; Ryan Thompson, Rider; Jarell Brown, Army; Manny Ubilla, FDU; Jaytornah Wisseh, LIU.


Named to the third team: Todd Sowell, St. Peter’s; Eugene Harvey, Seton Hall; Charles Jenkins, Hofstra; Marcus Stout, Fordham; Antoine Pearson, Manhattan; Jonathan Han, Fairfield.


A senior forward from Mt. Laurel, N.J., Thompson is the first player from Rider to win the Haggerty Award and the second straight MAAC player of the year to do it, following Jared Jordan of Marist. Thompson led the Broncs with 20.4 ppg (2nd in MAAC, 29th in the nation), 412 rebounds and 12.1 rpg (1st in the MAAC, 2nd nationally), 91 blocks and 2.7 bpg (2nd in the MAAC, 18th nationally). He shot 56 percent from the field and graduates as Rider’s all-time rebounding leader (1,171) and one of 96 Division I players to compile more than 2,000 points (2,040) and 1,000 rebounds in a career.


Dempsey guided the Broncs (23-11) to a share of the MAAC regular season title and the conference championship game. Rider advanced to the postseason College Basketball Invitational, losing in the first round.


Presentations will be made to the All-Met first and second teams on Thursday evening, April 17, at the Giants Stadium Club in East Rutherford, N.J.




FIRST TEAM: Jason Thompson, Rider, 6-11, sr, F, Mt. Laurel, N.J.; Antoine Agudio, Hofstra, 6-3, sr, G, Huntington Station, N.Y.; Brian Laing, Seton Hall, 6-5, sr, G/F, Bronx, N.Y.; Anthony Mason Jr., St. John’s, 6-7, jr, F, Memphis, Tenn.; Bryant Dunston, Fordham, 6-8, sr, F, Queens, N.Y.; John Baumann, Columbia, 6-7, sr, F, Westport, Conn.


SECOND TEAM: Durell Vinson, Wagner, 6-7, sr, F, Vineland, N.J.; Mark Porter, Wagner, 6-2, sr, G, Atlantic City, N.J.; Ryan Thompson, Rider, 6-6, so, G, Mt. Laurel, N.J.; Jarell Brown, Army, 6-2, sr, G, Cleveland; Manny Ubilla, FDU, 6-2, sr, G, Freehold, N.J.; Jaytornah Wisseh, LIU, 6-1, so, G, Brooklyn, N.Y.


THIRD TEAM: Todd Sowell, St. Peter’s, 6-7, sr, F, Brooklyn, N.Y.; Eugene Harvey, Seton Hall, 6-0, so, G, Brooklyn, N.Y.; Charles Jenkins, Hofstra, 6-3, fr, G, Queens, N.Y.; Marcus Stout, Fordham, 6-4, sr, G, Southfield, Mich.; Antoine Pearson, Manhattan, 6-2, so, G, Bronx, N.Y.; Jonathan Han, Fairfield, 6-0, jr, G, Brooklyn, N.Y.

 Haggerty Award player of the year: Jason Thompson, Rider.Rookie of the year: Charles Jenkins, Hofstra.

Coach of the year: Tommy Dempsey, Rider.

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