EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – Three members of the 2004 National Invitation Tournament (NIT) runner-up Rutgers University men’s basketball team were honored on Wednesday night at the 71st annual NIT/MBWA Awards Dinner at the Pegasus West in the Meadowlands Racetrack.
Freshman guard Quincy Douby (Brooklyn, NY) was named the Division I Met Basketball Writers Association Rookie of the Year, while senior forward Herve Lamizana (Abidgan, Ivory Coast) and junior guard Ricky Shields (Upper Marlboro, MD) were named to the Division I First and Second Teams, respectively.
The 6-3 Douby led all BIG EAST freshmen in scoring with a 12.5 points per game average. The sharp-shooting Douby poured in a Rutgers freshman record 35 points in the Scarlet Knights’ NIT semifinal victory over Iowa State. Douby, who was named BIG EAST Rookie of the Week three times, led Rutgers in scoring during the five-game NIT run with a 19.6 average and scored 20 or more points in a game five times this season. His .426 shooting (69-of-162) from three-point range is sixth on the Rutgers all-time single-season list.
The 6-10 Lamizana, a Third-Team All-BIG EAST selection, averaged 13.9 points, and led the team in rebounding (7.6) and blocked shots (3.1). Among the nation’s top shot-blockers throughout his career, Lamizana was eighth in the nation in blocked shots this season and finished his Rutgers career with 246 blocks, third on the Scarlet Knight all-time career list. The versatile, athletic Lamizana capped his Scarlet Knight career with a 19-point, 10-rebound, 8-block performance in the NIT Championship game vs. Michigan. His accomplishments in the NIT also included shaking off a sprained ankle in a gutsy 13-point, 9-rebound, 8-block effort in the quarterfinal victory over Villanova that propelled RU into the semifinals at Madison Square Garden. Lamizana recorded six ‘double-doubles’ on the season and was named to the NIT and Sierra Providence SunClassic All-Tournament teams.
The 6-4 Shields led Rutgers in scoring with a 15.5 average and was also the team leader in three-point field goals made (93) and attempted (249), and both of those figures are second on the Rutgers all-time single-season list. A consistent performer all season, Shields scored in double figures in 28 of Rutgers’ 33 games. He scored 20 or more points in a game seven times, including a career-high 26-point outing vs. West Virginia in the second round of the NIT. He became the 33rd player in Rutgers history to hit the 1,000-point career mark during a 20-point outing at Syracuse on Feb. 10. He will enter his senior season 19th on the all-time Rutgers scoring list with 1,202 career points. He was named to the 2003-04 USBWA District II Team, which encompasses New Jersey, New York, Delaware and Washington, D.C.