FORMER CACC GREATS DABNEY AND PEREZ NAMED TO NJ HOOPS ALL-DECADE MEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM
NEW HAVEN, CT – Two former Central Atlantic Collegiate
Conference (CACC) men’s basketball players have been named to
NJHoops.com’s Small College All-Decade team, the website
announced earlier this week. The two recipients were Bloomfield
College star Andre Dabney and former Caldwell College standout
Manny Perez. They were two of five Division II and III players in
New Jersey selected for the honor.
Over his four years at Bloomfield, Dabney set the standard for excellence for the basketball program, earning first team All-CACC and first team All-Met honors in each of his four years as a Deacon. The premier player in program history, Dabney currently ranks first on the all-time list for total points (2,350) assists (570) and steals (294).
The 2004-2005 CACC Player of the Year and 2005-2006 All-Met Player of the Year, the guard was twice selected as the CACC Tournament MVP and received Honorable Mention All-American honors in 04-05, 05-06, and 06-07. Dabney led BC to CACC Tournament Championships in 2004, 2005 and 2006.
"This is a great honor for Andre, and he certainly deserves it," said Bloomfield head coach Gerald Holmes, who coached Dabney throughout his Deacons career. "He is a once in a lifetime kind of player. He is the kind of kid every coach dreams about having the opportunity to work with. Being named to an All-Decade team shows just how tremendous a career he had here at Bloomfield, so I'm glad his accomplishments were recognized by NJhoops.com in such a great way."
A four-time All-CACC and All-Met honoree, Perez played for Caldwell from 2004 to 2009, scoring 1,859 points to rank second on the school’s all-time scoring list. He also holds the school record for most free throws made (567) while ranking third in field goals (639) and fifth in blocks (60) all-time at Caldwell. As a senior during the 2008-09 season, Perez led the CACC and ranked 29th nationally in field goal percentage (.577) while ranking third in the conference in scoring and fourth in rebounding. Perez also was named the ECAC Player of the Week after scoring a career-high 35 points in a victory over Chestnut Hill on Jan. 20, 2009. He had 12 games with 20 or more points, and recorded six double-doubles. In recognition of his outstanding senior season and career, Perez was one of 20 players in the country to play in the NABC/NCAA Division II All-Star Game, held at the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.
Twice during his career, Perez was chosen NJ Hoops' Player of the Month.
NJ Hoops is an online publication that covers high school and college basketball in New Jersey. A part of the rivals.com network of websites, NJ Hoops is the most comprehensive New Jersey basketball website on the Internet, covering everything from game results to recruiting at both the high school and college levels. The site's publisher, Jay Gomes, is a member of the United States Basketball Writer's Association, and has maintained the site for 11 years.
NJ Hoops Small College All-Decade Team
Horace Jenkins, 6-1, G, William Paterson University (1999-2001)
Andre Dabney, 5-9, G, Bloomfield College (2004-07)
Tennyson Whitted, 5-11, G, Ramapo College (1999-2002)
Manny Perez, 6-7, F, Caldwell College (2004-09)
Matt Byrnes, 6-2, G, Rowan University (2004-08)