To fill the time until the opening night showdown with Urbana, and since we are on the last year of the 00's decade, I compiled my all-time list of Gannon stars of the 2000's. My criteria included having played at least two years (with one exception), with two of those years being in the 00's. Otherwise, I just racked my memory and media guides for the guys who stood out during the decade because of scoring, rebounding, defense, hustle, and popularity.
P.S. I also included a list of Gannon players from the 00's who I nearly forgot existed.
Point Guard: Joe Lindsey (07-09). Lindsey orchestrated the team through its best two-year run in decades through his daring passes and unorthodox yet deadly outside shot.
- 2nd Team: Camara Mintz (01-03) & Cory Knight (06-09). Statistically speaking, Mintz probably had the better career as the starter for the Knights of the early 00's, racking up enough assists for 11th all-time. Off the stat pages, Knight's hustle, defensive prowess, and court intelligence were invaluable assets to the Golden Knights' run to Springfield. Since leaving Knight off of the 00's team would be as egregious as wearing Mercyhurst green and blue, we'll settle for a tie.
- Honorable Mention: Joe Rivera, Demondi Johnson. (Note: Javar Cheatham would lead this list had he have played his whole tenure out in the 00's. His first half year was the end of 1999 before his final year and a half in the 00's.)
Shooting Guard: Pierre Howard (07-09). The second leading scorer for the Knights in the 2009 Elite Eight run, Howard's overlooked defense combined with a sweet mid-range touch to give the Knights a talented outside threat.
- 2nd Team: Matt Jones (2001-02, 04-05). Jones' athleticism and hustle sparked the Knights in the early 00's and thrilled the hometown fans.
- Honorable Mention: Brandon Andrews, Marc Sturdivant, Ron Hollis, Darmel Whitfield, Iren Rainey
Center: Geoff Husted (01-05). Talk about a painful decision. Kyle Goldcamp might go down as one of the most-loved Golden Knights of all time. His return to the lineup against California after missing a month due to injury, receiving an emotional standing ovation and proceeding to drop 23 points in 17 minutes was certainly the individual performance of the decade. Kyle's accuracy from the floor, his dizzying spin move and hook shots, his rebounding talents and his all-around leadership thrilled Gannon fans for two years. Husted's efforts cannot be overlooked, however. He stands in fifth place in all-time career scoring after playing four seasons for NCAA tournament teams. Another popular Knight, Husted could play tough inside as well as step out for an occasional long-jumper. As incredible of a run that Goldcamp had as a Golden Knight, the nod has to go to Husted for longevity and scoring prowess.
- 2nd Team: Kyle Goldcamp (07-09)
- Honorable Mention: Aurimas Truskauskas
Power Forward: Josh Morgan (1999-2003). After bursting onto the Gannon scene with a nearly flawless performance as a freshman against a tough Michigan Tech team, Morgan clearly stood out as the star of the Knights squads of the early 00's. His turn-around, fade-away jumpers from the baseline combined with rebounding skill and the knack to hit down big three-pointers to make him one of the best Knights of all-time.
- 2nd Team: Shelby Chaney (2003-06). If you forgive the fact that he defected to Mercyhurst, Chaney was perhaps the most athletic Knight of the decade. His long wing-span and vertical jumping and dunking ability as well as a turn-around baby-hook shot created an exciting post presence for Gannon.
- Honorable Mention: Forrest Kirby, Tahron Briscoe
Small Forward: Tyler Stoczynski (2006-09). The lanky Stoczynksi (say that five times fast) morphed roles from the team's leading scorer his sophomore year to playing more of a fourth fiddle to Lindsay, Howard and Goldcamp his last two years. However, without Stoczynski's presence as a post defender and dangerous scoring threat, the Knights would never had gone dancing in Springfield. The 2009 Atlantic Regional MVP will be remembered for his electric dunks and full-tilt hustle.
- 2nd Team: Vince Mosley (2008). I know I broke my two-year rule here, but Mosley's performance stood out far beyond what I remember of the next best player, Cory Coleman's time at Gannon. A super strong post player with incredible dunking ability (remember when Lindsay ended a game by banking a pass off the backboard to Mosley for a slam?), Mosley was part of the core that brought the Knights back to dominance.
Honorable Mention: Cory Coleman
The "I almost forgot they even played for Gannon" team of the 00's: Paget Berridge, Vincent Austin, Jason Adams, Kyle Altier, Rob Broughton, Jerrell Hall, Brandon Altmann, Wil Johnson, Kevin Lee, Ryan Quinn, Albert Varacallo