March 14, 2003

Notre Dame, Ind. – Notre Dame guards Matt Carroll (Horsham, Pa.) and Chris Thomas (Indianapolis, Ind.) have been named to the 2002-03 United States Basketball Writers District V Team. The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) recently selected the Irish duo, which has led Notre Dame to a 22-9 record this season, to the District 10 squad.

Carroll, a first team all-BIG EAST selection, leads the team in scoring with a 20.6 scoring average. He has scored in double figures in all 31 games this season and in 37 straight contests dating back to the final six games of the 2001-02 campaign. Carroll tied a Notre Dame school record by playing in his 130th game on Wednesday in the Irish’s first round matchup against St. John’s at the BIG EAST Championship. In addition, he owns ranks as the school’s all-time career three-point field goal leader (295) and has started more games (122) than any player in the 98-year history of the program.

Thomas, a finalist for several national player-of-the-year awards, owns an 18.5 scoring average and leads the team with a 7.2 assist average. A second team all-BIG EAST honoree, he is the only player in Notre Dame history who has dished off 200 or more assists in consecutive seasons. As a freshman last season, Thomas set the Notre Dame single-season mark with 252, followed by his 223 this season. He has registered four double double this season and has scored in double figures in all but three games.

Joining Carroll and Thomas on the 10-member squad are: Brian Cook (Illinois), Dwayne Wade (Marquette), David West (Xavier), Kirk Penney (Wisconsin), Willie Dean (Purdue), Chris Karman (Central Michigan), Brandon Hunter (Ohio) and Daniel Horton (Michigan).