Monroe wins New Haven athletic award

Zachary Smart

During his four-year stay with the Quinnipiac University men’s basketball team, Rob Monroe shouldered the burden of leader. Although his career on the Burt Kahn hardwood is over, nothing will be able to tarnish his rich legacy or the fine senior season he put together.

Monroe is the full package. He’s a generously listed 5-foot-10 with adeptness for getting to the basket and finding the open man. He has the ability to put points on the board, whether it’s through slashing to the basket for a quick lay-in, taking a defender off the dribble for a pull-up jumper, bullrushing his way to the basket to draw a quick foul, or pulling up from NBA three-point land and nailing a trey.

Monroe, a Landham, Md. native, was named the New Haven tap-off Club’s 2004-2005 Male College Athlete of the Year. They will honor him at their annual dinner on April 26.

The senior standout receives the award after a season in which he established himself as one of the country’s top floor generals. Standing at the top of the hill of Monroe’s accolades was his candidacy for the prestigious Bob Cousy Award, which considers the country’s outstanding point guards.

Monroe ranked among the top 50 in Division-I in four major categories. He was fourth in scoring (22.7 ppg), 14th in assists (6.5 apg), 27th in free throw percentage (.859) and 45th in three-pointers per game (2.8). He finished his storied career as the school’s eighth all-time leading scorer and third all-time leader in assists with 1,685 and 541, respectively.

A unanimous First-Team All-Northeast Conference selection this year, Monroe earned NEC Player of The Week honors three times this season. He led the NEC in scoring and was second in assists.

Monroe ends his Quinnipiac career ranked among some of the best in school history. He currently sits first in three-pointers made (253), third in assists (541), fourth in free throws made (387), sixth in steals (137) and eighth in points scored with 1,685. He is only the third player in school history to eclipse the 1,000 point plateau playing exclusively in Division-I.