Men's Basketball

Hudson Valley Hoopsters Honored

CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085 or (518) 373-1262
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, April 9, 2001

Three Hudson Valley Community College men's basketball players – Tom Perren (Brotmanville, N.J.), Kurt Bush (Newcomb-Minerva) and R.J. Mann (Canajoharie) – were recently named to post-season All-Star teams. Head coach Vince Medici, who led the Vikings to a 22-7 record this past season, his third consecutive 20-win campaign, loses all three to graduation.

Perren was selected as a member of the NJCAA Division III Region III First Team. He also was a Mountain Valley Conference Third Team member. A 6-foot-5, 215-pound center, Perren contributed 11.6 points, 6.9 rebounds, 3.8 blocks and 1.7 assists per game this season. He also had 35 steals. During his two-year Hudson Valley career, Perren, known by fans for high-flying dunks, averaged 11.1 points and 6.8 rebounds. In addition to acting as co-captain of the hoop team, Perren served the campus community as the student representative on Hudson Valley's Board of Trustees.

Bush was named to the Mountain Valley Conference Second Team and the NJCAA Division III Region III Third Team. A 6-foot-6, 175-pound guard/forward, Bush averaged a team-high 12.1 points per game this past season. He also averaged 4.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. Bush contributed 75 steals and made 32.3 percent of his 3-point attempts. Bush scored more than 500 points during his Hudson Valley career.

Mann was named to the NJCAA Division III Region III Third Team. A 6-foot-4, 185-pound forward, Mann averaged 6.3 points and 6.3 rebounds per game during the 2000-01 campaign. Mann, who also had 37 steals, routinely defended the opposition's best offensive player. As a freshman, Mann averaged 6.1 rebounds and 5.4 points per game.

Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy, offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions; Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, Hudson Valley has an enrollment of more than 9,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining.