KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Guilford College senior Matt McCarthy (Rockville, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel) earned Second Team Division III All-America basketball honors from the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Thursday. McCarthy is the Quakers’ 10th men’s basketball All-American and their first since Tyler Sanborn ’10 was named 2010 NABC Division III National Player of the Year.
Matt McCarthy (Rockville, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel)
The All-America selections were based on nominations and voting conducted by NABC member coaches from NCAA Division III.
McCarthy, a 6-3, 185-pound shooting guard, earned a spot on the NABC’s First Team All-South District Team Wednesday and the D3hoops.com First Team All-South unit Monday. In February he became Guilford’s third recipient of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference’s (ODAC) Kurt Axe Memorial Men’s Basketball Player of the Year Award. He led the Quakers and ranks fifth in the league with 16.6 points per game. McCarthy tops the conference and ranks fifth nationally with 96 three-point field goals this year, the second-highest total in school history. He had nine 20-point games as a senior, 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.
McCarthy earned consecutive ODAC Player of the Week Awards this season and was named the 2014 Guilford Invitational’s Most Valuable Player. He was also one of eight national finalists selected for online voting into the NABC’s Reese’s Division III College Senior All-Star Game.
In addition to his long-distance scoring prowess, McCarthy boasts the ODAC’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 stands second among the Quakers’ all-time leaders in three-pointers (271) and three-point attempts (724). McCarthy will graduate ranked 11th among Guilford’s career assists leaders (247) and fourth in steals (139). Guilford’s third three-time All-ODAC pick, he was a third-team all-league honoree in 2013 and a second-team selection in 2014. The Quakers posted a 71-35 record with four ODAC Tournament trips in McCarthy’s tenure.
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.