MINNEAPOLIS – Guilford College senior Matt McCarthy (Rockville, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel) earned First Team All-South Region basketball honors from D3hoops.com. As an all-region honoree, McCarthy advances to the organization’s All-America ballot, the results of which will be announced later this week in conjunction with the NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s Championships.
The all-region selections were made by website staff and sports information directors from a record number of nominees. McCarthy was one of five first-team all-region selections and one of six all-region picks from the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC). He is Guilford’s first all-region honoree since Josh Pittman ’14 made the second team in 2012-13.
McCarthy, a 6-3, 185-pound shooting guard, became Guilford’s third recipient of the ODAC’s Kurt Axe Memorial Player of the Year Award last month. He led the Quakers and ranks fifth in the league with 16.6 points per game. He tops the conference and ranks fifth nationally with 96 three-point field goals this year, the third-best total in school history. McCarthy had nine 20-point games this season, including a career-high 44-point showing in the Quakers’ Jan. 28 overtime win at Emory & Henry College, Guilford’s highest scoring game since 2007. He earned consecutive ODAC Player of the Week Awards and was named the Most Valuable Player of the Guilford Invitational.
In addition to his scoring prowess from long distance, McCarthy boasts the league’s fifth-best free-throw shooting percentage (.805) and ranks fourth in the loop with 1.78 steals per game. He had a team-best 72 assists, the league’s 12th-highest total, and stands seventh in the conference with a 2.2 assist-to-turnover ratio.
For his career, McCarthy scored 1,314 career points, the 20th-highest total in school history. He also stands second among the Quakers’ all-time leaders in three-pointers (271) and three-pointers attempted (724). Guilford’s third three-time All-ODAC pick, McCarthy was a third-team all-league honoree in 2013 and a second-team selection in 2014.
Coach Tom Palombo’s Quakers (18-9) earned the third seed for the ODAC Tournament and reached the semifinals before falling to national semifinalist Virginia Wesleyan College. The Quakers could return as many as 11 letter winners next fall.