Loyola Greyhounds All Decade Teams
By: Ethan Hennessy
Anthony Winbush (2008 – 2013) – Winbush was a good rebounder who could also stretch the floor by shooting from the outside, and had the ability to put it on the deck. He was not a first or second option on any of the teams he played on throughout his career, but he was a key role player throughout his time. He put up career high’s in rebounds (6.2) and assists (2.4) on the 2012 NCAA tournament team plus contributing seven points per game. The fact that Winbush came off the bench a fair amount of the time plus spending half of his playing career outside of the decade forced me to leave him off the Loyola all decade second team.
Cam Spencer (2019 – 2023) – Yes, Cam Spencer only played in 14 games for Loyola when the decade fliped to 2020. However, I believe in four years time we will look back on Spencer as one of the Loyola all time greats. In terms of his body of work so far, he has already be impressive scoring in double figures in well over half of the fourteen games as well as shooting 52% from the field and 89% from the line, and 40% from deep. Tavaras Hardy clearly trusts the true freshman too giving him 28 minutes per game. It is still very early, but don’t be surprised if he collects a Patriot League player of the year award by his graduation in 2023, or Loyola makes an NCAA tournament on his watch.
Dylon Cormier (2010 – 2013) – Dylon is one of only two players on both of these teams to finish top 10 in scoring in program history. He is in eighth place, and third in steals. Cormier was the primary scoring option during Loyola’s glory days in the MAAC. He was also able to get to the line an extraordinary amount, and converted when there.
Chuck Champion (2016 – 2020) – Champion is an all around solid guard. He plays his role very well. He can give you 15-18 points if other guys are getting locked down/doubled, or he can step out and space the floor as a decoy if that is what the team needs. Champion is also good at swiping the ball and getting in passing lanes tallying 25 or more steals each of his first three seasons.
Tyler Hubbard (2012 – 2016) – This guard out of Montrose Christian High School was behind Cormier his freshman year, but played a large role in Loyola’s beginning years in the Patriot League his last three on campus. Hubbard was a three point marksman ending his career in the green and grey 4th in career 3-pointers. An interesting fact is that every single statistical piece of data between his sophomore and junior years is identical. Literally offensive rebounds, to free throws attempted to even total minutes played all season are the exact same. Now that is consistency!
Jarred Jones (2012 – 2017) – In addition to sitting in third place for career blocks in program history with 125, Jarred has the unique bragging right of being the only player on the roster for all three Loyola postseason victories in the division one era. After missing two years due to injury he really came into his own, and solidified himself as one of the better players of the program in this decade averaging about 14 points per game and 7 rebounds per game his redshirt junior year and senior year. Jones’ final season on the evergreen campus he started all 33 games, and put up his averages of 14 and 7 in the 2017 CBI first round win at George Mason.
Erik Etherly (2010 – 2013) The 2012 MAAC Tournament MVP Erik Etherly was half of the defensive frontcourt duo that made Loyola so dominate in the MAAC in the early 2010’s. Etherly sits 4th in blocks in program history. The big man averaged over seven rebounds per game for his career, and holds the record for most free throws attempted (19) and most free throws made (17) in CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament history in Loyola’s second round victory over the Golden Flashes of Kent State.
Andrew Kostecka (2016 – 2020) – The 2018-19 Patriot League All First Team member Kostecka was the only player last season in division one to average greater than 21 points per game and 2.5 steals per game. There are few games in which he steps onto the court and is not the most talented player on the floor. Kostecka is currently 7th in points per game, and tied for 31st in steals per game in NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball.
Andre Walker (2014 – 2018) – Andre Walker stuffed the stat sheet every night during his time on Charles Street. The 6’0 guard out of Christ the King High School in New York City ended his career second in career 3 pointers, fifth in assists, second in steals, and sixth in points (which is the highest of anybody in this article). Walker once dropped 43 points against Lafayette in Reitz. He dazzled Hounds fans with his ability to run an offense.
Robert Olson (2009 – 2013) – Robert “Bobby” Olson is the Cal Ripken of Loyola Basketball he laced it up for 127 career games for the Hounds which is the most of anybody to ever wear a Loyola uniform. Bobby was a do it all type of player; while he primarily played small forward he spent minutes at both guard positions and even power forward at times. Olson is 3rd in career 3-pointers.
Cam Gregory (2014 – 2018) – I waivered back and forth on which two of the three dominate big men of the 2010’s to include on the first team, and which one would get relegated to the second team. Etherly, Gregory, and Walker are all so good, and I struggled to leave one off, but ultimately I felt despite being on worse teams Gregory played a bigger role for his respective teams than Etherly. Cam has the highest career field goal percentage in team history at 58%, and sits third in career rebounds in program history with 876.
Shane Walker (2009 – 2012) – Shane Walker was the other half of the early 2010’s frontcourt duo for the Hounds. The British center blocked 135 shots (good for second in program history), and collected over 600 rebounds for the Hounds in three seasons with the team after transferring from Maryland. Walker is perhaps the best true center in program history.
Coach of the Decade: Jimmy Patsos
When Patsos took the Loyola job the team was coming off a 1-27 season. Eight seasons later he completed a 180 turnaround of the program guiding them to a MAAC Championship and NCAA Tournament birth. In the three and a half seasons during the 2010’s decade in which Patsos coached Loyola from January 2010 to March 2013 the hounds accumulated a record of 68-48. Furthermore, Patsos coached the 2012-13 team to the CIT Quarterfinals collecting two of the three postseason victories in program history in that season beating Boston and Kent State.
Team of the Decade: 2011-12
For a large portion of the decade Loyola has struggled on the court. The Hounds are yet to finish the season with a winning record since moving to the Patriot League in 2013-14, but they did have a few years of success posting two 23+ win seasons in the earlier years of the decades. Therefore, it is no surprise that the Loyola team of the decade is the 2011-2012 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Champion team that made it to the NCAA Tournament. This team featured three players on the all-decade first team, and finished second in the regular season standings. They won five of the seven games against Iona, Manhattan, and Fairfield the first, third, and fourth place teams respectively including sweeping the Jaspers. Loyola also beat Florida Gulf Coast, George Washington, and Bucknell all on the road in the non-conference.
Player of the Decade: Andre Walker
It is disappointing that Andre Walker played in the “down years” of Loyola basketball. He was still on the roster for the 2017 College Basketball Invitational win at George Mason, and to open the next season his team nearly knocked off #19 Northwestern on the road losing by only four. However, other than these brief flashes the program was for the most part in a rebuild as they transitioned from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference to the Patriot League. The team endured losing record seasons all of Walker’s four years. The lack of team success does not take away from his individual greatness. Obviously as noted above he re-wrote his name all over the record books finishing top five in steals, assists, three pointers, and just outside of the top five in scoring. It seemed like every time he took the floor Walker was playing with a chip on his shoulder. Perhaps instead of focusing on the poor team performance his career should be looked back at with even more appreciation given that fact that he did all of this when just about every opponent scouting report was honed in on specifically stopping him, but despite that he still put up the numbers he did. If he would have been able to be surround with better pieces to compliment his skill who knows what heights Loyola could have reached. I guess we will have to wonder… what if?