Dorsey, Anderson, Rose Earn C-USA Specialty Honors
March 11, 2008
IRVING, Texas - After picking up some postseason hardware on Monday, more honors came the Tigers' way on Tuesday with three players earning Conference USA accolades.
Joey Dorsey picked up C-USA's Defensive Player of the Year award and was named to the league's All-Defensive Team. Joining Dorsey on the C-USA All-Defensive Team was Antonio Anderson. Derrick Rose earned the conference's Freshman of the Year award and was a C-USA All-Freshman Team selection.
Dorsey, who was named to the 2007-08 All-C-USA second team, was recognized as the league's Defensive Player of the Year for a second-straight season. He took home the same honor in 2006-07. It is also the second-consecutive year that Dorsey was picked to the C-USA All-Defensive Team.
The 6-foot-9 senior forward leads the team and Conference USA in rebounding (10.0 rpg), and also tops the Tigers with 59 blocked shots and a 65.9 field goal percentage. Dorsey, who is the winningest player in Memphis history, is ranked third in C-USA in blocked shots. During the regular season, the Baltimore, Md., native had seven double-doubles and 15 double-figure rebounding games.
Anderson also made his second-consecutive appearance on the Conference USA All-Defensive Team. The 6-foot-6 guard usually draws the assignment of guarding the opponents' top perimeter player and has kept some of the nation's top performers in check.
He leads Conference USA in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.28), and during one stretch in the 2007-08 campaign, had a 30:1 assist-to-turnover ratio. Anderson is second on the team with 105 assists and third on the squad with 37 steals. The Lynn, Mass., native is averaging 8.0 points and 3.4 rebounds.
For the fifth time in the John Calipari era, one of his new pupils received Conference USA's Freshman of the Year honor. Rose took home this season's honor and joins former outstanding Tiger freshmen Dajuan Wagner, Sean Banks, Darius Washington Jr. and Shawne Williams in that group. The Chicago, Ill., native is also the third freshman in the Calipari era to earn C-USA Freshman of the Year honors and also be named to the All-C-USA first team. Wagner and Banks earned both honors their freshman seasons.
Rose, who was also named to the C-USA All-Freshman Team, is second on the team in scoring (14.1 ppg) and leads the squad with 141 assists. The 141 dimes are tied for the third-most by a freshman in Tiger history. The 6-foot-3 guard, who is a Cousy Award and Wooden Award finalist, is ranked among C-USA leaders in scoring (9th), field goal percentage (15th), assists (4th), steals (12th) and assist-to-turnover ratio (10th).