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Three from RIC named Little East Conference men’s basketball 25th anniversary team

Rhode Island College placed three men on the Little East Conference Men’s Basketball 25th Anniversary Team – Bobby Bailey ‘10, Alex Butler ’98 and Troy Smith ’93.

Bobby Bailey
Bobby Bailey starred for the Anchormen from 2006-09, leading RIC to two Little East Conference regular season championships, two LEC Tournament titles and three consecutive berths in the NCAA Div. III Tournament. The Anchormen reached the Elite 8 of the NCAAs during his sophomore season in 2006-07.

As a senior in 2008-09, he was named the men’s basketball team’s MVP. He was named the Little East Conference Co-Player of the Year, the Defensive Player of the Year, First Team All-LEC and to the league’s All-Defensive Team.

Bailey was also named First Team All-District by the NABC, Second Team All-ECAC and Second Team All-Northeast by D3hoops.com. He received the Cox Sports R.I. Basketball Media Steve McDonald Award, signifying him as the Men’s Player of the Year (Div. III).

As a junior in 2007-08, Bailey was named Second Team All-Little East Conference and to the league’s All-Defensive Team. He was named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2008 Little East Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament.

As a sophomore in 2006-07, he was named to the NCAA Sectional Round’s All-Tournament Team, as well as garnering Second Team All-Little East Conference and LEC All-Defensive Team honors.

Prior to coming to RIC, Bailey played at Jacksonville College (TX) in 2004-05.


Alex Butler
Alex Butler was one of the most dominant basketball players in New England during the early 1990s. He starred for the Anchormen from 1993-97, earning All-American honors as a junior and senior in 1995-96 and 1996-97.

During his career, Butler was the biggest impact player in the Little East Conference. He was named the Little East Player of the Year and was First Team All-Conference as a sophomore in 1994-95, a junior in 1995-96 and as a senior in 1996-97.

Butler was the LEC’s Rookie of the Year as a freshman in 1993-94. In addition, he earned First Team All-Star kudos and Robbins Scholar-Athlete honors in 1995-96 and 1996-97 from the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC).

He closed out his career as RIC’s second all-time leading scorer with 2,398 points. He received the John E. Hetherman Award, signifying him as RIC’s top male senior athlete, in 1998.

Butler ranks in the top 10 all-time in numerous career, single-season and game statistical categories at RIC.

After graduation, Butler continued his involvement with RIC athletics, serving as an assistant men’s basketball coach from 1998-01.

He was inducted into RIC’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003, and named to the college’s 75th Anniversary Men’s Basketball Team in 2005.


Troy Smith
Troy Smith enjoyed an outstanding four-year basketball career at Rhode Island College from 1986-90. He played in a RIC record 107 career games and closed out his career with 1,719 points, which ranks him sixth all-time. Smith also compiled 1,184 career rebounds, which is second all-time. He is one of only three players ever at RIC to score 1,000 or more points and grab 1,000 or more rebounds.

The forward/center was a prolific shooter who ranks third all-time with a .596 career field goal percentage (670-1,124). During his career, he helped the Anchormen post a four-year record of 67-42 for a .615 winning percentage. He led the team in both scoring and rebounding three times in his four-year career.

The Jersey City, N.J., native was a National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Second Team All-American, First Team All-New England, First Team All-Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC), and Little East Conference Player of the Year and First Team All-Little East as a senior in 1989-90.

Smith was also named the Little East Conference Co-Player of the Year, earned First Team All-Little East, as well as Second Team All-New England and All-ECAC, honors as a junior in 1988-89. Smith is one of only three All-Americans in Rhode Island College men’s basketball history, which dates back to the 1930s. Ricky Wilson ‘72 and Butler are the other two.

He was inducted into RIC’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004, and to the college’s 75th Anniversary Men’s Basketball Team in 2005.