R.I. Basketball Media Honors RIC’s Carter and Walsh

From left, Bob Walsh and Tahrike Carter

From left, Bob Walsh and Tahrike Carter

Rhode Island College basketball player Tahrike Carter received the Steve McDonald NCAA Div. III Player of the Year Award, while head coach Bob Walsh was given the Jim Baron Div. III Coach of the Year at the annual Cox Sports Rhode Island Basketball Media Awards Luncheon on March 25 at the Radisson Airport Hotel in Warwick.

This season, Carter, a senior guard from Brooklyn, N.Y., has been named a 2013 Second Team All-American by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). He is one of only four All-Americans in Rhode Island College men’s basketball history and the first to earn the honor since Alex Butler in 1997. Ricky Wilson ’72 and Troy Smith ’93 were the other two Anchormen to earn All-American honors.

Carter was one of four Rhode Island College men’s basketball players to earn All-Little East honors earlier this season and was named the 2013 Little East Conference Player of the Year, the Defensive Player of the Year, First Team All-Little East and to the league’s All-Defensive Team. He became the first player in league history to earn Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and Tournament Most Outstanding Player honors in the same season. He also joins former RIC standout Bobby Bailey as the only other player to win Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year honors in the same season.

He was named First Team All-Northeast District by the NABC and First Team All-Northeast Region by D3Hoops.com, as well. Carter has also been chosen to participate in the 2013 NABC Reese’s Division III College All-Star game. The game will be played on Saturday, March 23, at 3:30 p.m. at the Salem Civic Center in Salem, Va., in conjunction with the NCAA Div. III Men’s Championship Elite 8.

Carter was the only member of the Anchormen to start in all 30 games this season. The senior averaged 10.7 points, a team-high 6.6 rebounds, a team-leading 3.7 assists and 1.7 steals per game, while ranking among the top 10 in the Little East Conference in assists (2nd), assist/turnover ratio (3rd), steals (5th), rebounds (6th) and minutes played (7th).

Walsh received the Coach of the Year Award from the organization for the fourth time during his stint at RIC.

He led the Anchormen to a 26-4 overall record and a 13-1 mark in Little East Conference play to win the league’s Regular Season Championship. Rhode Island College defeated UMass Dartmouth and Southern Maine to become the first team in conference history to advance to seven straight Little East Conference Tournament Championship games. The Anchormen used their hallmark defensive pressure to outlast Keene State and capture the program’s fifth LEC Conference Championship trophy.

After dispatching Hobart, 62-59, in overtime in the First Round of the 2013 NCAA Div. III Men’s Basketball Tournament, the Anchormen fell in overtime to Morrisville State in the Second Round, 66-61.

Walsh was previously named the Little East Conference Coach of the Year. The Anchormen were one of only four programs in the nation to compete in the NCAA Div. III Men’s Basketball Tournament in each of the last seven seasons.