CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – For the second consecutive season, an MIT men’s basketball player has been named to the All-America team, as selected by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). Sophomore Noel Hollingsworth garnered Second Team All-America accolades from the Coaches Association, one year after MIT alum, Jimmy Bartolotta was tabbed as the NABC Player of the Year.
Hollingsworth was the lone sophomore on any of the three All-America teams and one of just three players from the New England region, joining Williams senior Blake Schultz and Colby's Adam Choice. Hollingsworth added this honor to his already impressive resume, after being named to three of All-Region teams, in addition to his selection as the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Player of the Year. The sophomore transfer from Brown averaged a team and NEWMAC-high 20.4 points and 9.0 rebounds per game. He also paced the league double-doubles while ranking second in field goal percentage, third in blocked shots and fifth in minutes played. Hollingsworth tallied at least 30 points in five games this season, including a career-high 37 against Babson in January, the single highest scoring total in the NEWMAC on the season.
Hollingsworth and his teammates are well situated to build on their success this year, as the Engineers lose just two seniors to graduation and return nine of their ten leading scorers. Tech’s fantastic 2009-10 campaign came to an end at 22-5 after a hard-fought, overtime loss to DeSales University, 72-64, in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. The Cardinal and Gray won its first ever NEWMAC regular season Championship and rose as high as No. 8 in the National Rankings.