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February 26, 2011

 

 

 

RIC PLACES THREE ON THE
LITTLE EAST CONFERENCE MENíS BASKETBALL
25th ANNIVERSARY TEAM

 

Providence, R.I.óRhode Island College placed three men on the Little East Conference Menís Basketball 25th Anniversary Team. Bobby Bailey Ď10, Alex Butler í98 and Troy Smith í93 were selected as members of this prestigious group.

 

 

 

Bailey starred for the Anchormen from 2006-09, leading RIC to two Little East Conference Regular Season Championships, two LEC Tournament titles and three consecutive berths in the NCAA Div. III Tournament. The Anchormen reached the Elite 8 of the NCAAs during his sophomore season in 2006-07.

 

 

 

As a senior in 2008-09, he was named the menís basketball teamís MVP. He was  named the Little East Conference Co-Player of the Year, the Defensive Player of the Year, First Team All-LEC and to the leagueís All-Defensive Team. Bailey played in 23 games, starting 21 of them. He averaged 12.1 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.8 steals per game. Bailey scored a season-high 21 points vs. Western Connecticut on Jan. 27, grabbed 13 rebounds vs. UMass Dartmouth on Feb. 28, dished out six assists vs. Salve Regina on Jan. 6 and swiped four steals twice. Bailey was also named First Team All-District by the NABC, Second Team All-ECAC and Second Team All-Northeast by D3hoops.com. Bailey received the Cox Sports R.I. Basketball Media Steve McDonald Award, signifying him as the Menís Player of the Year (Div. III). He was named to the Little East Conference Menís Basketball Weekly Honor Roll once on the season.

 

 

 Bobby Bailey '10

 

As a junior in 2007-08, Bailey was named Second Team All-Little East Conference and to the leagueís All-Defensive Team. He played in 27 games, starting 23 of them. Bailey averaged 10.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.0 steals per game. He scored a season-high 18 points against Eastern Connecticut on Jan. 19, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out six assists vs. UMass Dartmouth on Feb. 12, while logging a season-best six steals against Plymouth State on Feb. 9. Bailey was named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2008 Little East Conference Menís Basketball Tournament. He logged 14 points, five boards, five assists, two steals and a block in the title contest. In the three LEC tournament games, Bailey averaged 11.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.0 blocks per game.

 

As a sophomore in 2006-07, he was named to the NCAA Sectional Roundís All-Tournament Team, as well as garnering Second Team All-Little East Conference and LEC All-Defensive Team honors. He played in 31 games, starting all of them. He averaged 10.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.2 steals per game. He scored a season-high 21 points in the win over Plymouth State on Dec. 9. Bailey reached double figures in scoring 17 times and logged three double-doubles on the season. He grabbed a season-high 13 rebounds in the NCAA Tournament win over Coast Guard on Mar. 2. He dished out a season-high eight assists vs. UMass Boston on Feb. 17 and tied for the second-most steals in a game with seven against Eastern Connecticut on Jan. 6.

 

Prior to coming to RIC, Bailey played at Jacksonville College (TX) in 2004-05.

 

Butler was one of the most dominant basketball players in New England during the mid-1990s. He starred for the Anchormen from 1993-97, earning All-American honors as a junior and senior in 1995-96 and 1996-97.

 

During his career, Butler was the biggest impact player in the Little East Conference. He was named the Little East Player of the Year and was First Team All-Conference as a sophomore in 1994-95, a junior in 1995-96 and as a senior in 1996-97. Butler was the LECís Rookie of the Year as a freshman in 1993-94. In addition, he earned First Team All-Star kudos and Robbins Scholar-Athlete honors in 1995-96 and 1996-97 from the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC).

 

He closed out his career as RICís second all-time leading scorer with 2,398 points. He received the John E. Hetherman Award, signifying him as RICís top male senior athlete, in 1998. He ranks in the top 10 all-time in numerous career, single-season and game statistical categories at RIC.

 

 

 Alex Butler '98

 

Prior to coming to RIC, Butler was a standout in both basketball and volleyball while at East Providence High School. After graduation, Butler continued his involvement with RIC athletics, serving as an assistant menís basketball coach from 1998-01.

 

He was inducted into RICís Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003 named to the collegeís 75th Anniversary Menís Basketball Team in 2005. 

 

Smith enjoyed an outstanding four-year basketball career at Rhode Island College from 1986-90. He played in a RIC record 107 career games and closed out his career with 1,719 points, which ranks him sixth all-time. Smith also compiled 1,184 career rebounds, which is second all-time. He is one of only three players ever at RIC to score 1,000 or more points and grab 1,000 or more rebounds.

 

The forward/center was a prolific shooter who ranks third all-time with a .596 career field goal percentage (670-1,124). During his career, he helped the Anchormen post a four-year record of 67-42 for a .615 winning percentage. He led the team in both scoring and rebounding three times in his four-year career.

 

The Jersey City, New Jersey native was a National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Second Team All-American, named First Team All-New England, First Team All-Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC), was the Little East Conference Player of the Year and First Team All-Little East as a senior in 1989-90.

 

 

 Troy Smith '93

 

Smith was also named the Little East Conference Co-Player of the Year, earned First Team All-Little East, as well as Second Team All-New England and All-ECAC, honors as a junior in 1988-89. Smith is one of only three All-Americans in Rhode Island College menís basketball history, which dates back to the 1930s. Ricky Wilson Ď72 and Butler are the other two.

 

He was inducted into RICís Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004 to the collegeís 75th Anniversary Menís Basketball Team in 2005. 

 

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