BOSTON, MA – UMBC guard Rodney Elliott (Baltimore, Md./John Carroll) has been named a finalist for the 2014 Kyle Macy National Freshman of the Year award, as announced by CollegeInsider.com on March 31.
The finalists include Deandre Bembry (St. 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), Vincent 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), Jonathan Starks (Tulane), Sindarius Thornwell (South Carolina), Noah Vonleh (Indiana), Paul Watson (Fresno), Andrew Wiggins (Kansas) and Marquis Wright (Siena).
Elliott became UMBC's first men's basketball player to earn Rookie-of-the-Year honors in 11 league seasons. The son of former Maryland Terrapin standout Rodney Elliott, Sr. earned Rookie-of-Week honors a UMBC-record five times during the 2013-14 campaign. He finished the year as the leading scorer amongst all league freshmen with 15.0 points per game, which was the fifth-best overall figure in the conference. In addition, Elliott was fourth in America East in assists (3.6), sixth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.0), and eighth in steals (1.3).
The 6'0" point guard became UMBC's second NCAA Division I player and America East's lone competitor this season to record 400 points (451), 100 rebounds (118) and 100 assists (108) in a season. The first-year player's 451 points scored in the most by a freshman in UMBC's 27 years of NCAA Division I competition.
Elliott was just selected as the America East Fans' Choice Player of the Year, UMBC's first in the eight-year history of the award and the first Retriever freshman in any sport to earn the selection.
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.
After playing his freshman year at Purdue, Macy transferred to the University of Kentucky in 1976. He started every game for the Wildcats in 1977. A three-time All-America and three-time All-SEC player, Macy was a member of Kentucky's 1978 National Championship team. In his senior year of 1979-80, he became the first Kentucky player ever to be named consensus Southeastern Conference Player of the Year.
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.
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