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LOUGHTON, HARRIS ON AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL TEAMS

CAA Player of the Year and Tournament MVP Alex Loughton is a member of the Australian national team, while 7-3 center Sam Harris is currently playing for the Australian U21 team.

The 6-9 Loughton, a rising senior, is currently on tour with the Australian national squad for a series of games against Japan's national team. Loughton led ODU with a 14.1 scoring average and 8.2 rebounding average.

He ranked second in the CAA in rebounding and field goal percentage. Loughton earned first team All-CAA honors, and was the league's Scholar Athlete of the Year. He was named to ESPN The Magazine/COSIDA District All-Academic squad and NACDA (Athletic Directors Association) National All-Scholar team for the second year in a row. He was also honorable mention All-American by The Associated Press and Basketball Times.

Harris is currently with the Australian U21 National team which will play a series of games in Toronto against Canada, China and Greece in preparation for the World Championships in Argentina Aug. 5-14. Harris averaged 1.8 points and 1.6 rebounds per game for ODU. The rising sophomore scored a career-high 14 points against Shawnee State, and added ten against UNC Wilmington. He blocked a career-high seven shots against VMI.

This article was posted on: July 26, 2005

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