March 9, 2011
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Three West Coast Conference players have been named to the NABC All-District First Team, it was announced Wednesday. Santa Clara sophomore guard Kevin Foster, Gonzaga senior guard Steven Gray, and Saint Mary's senior guard Mickey McConnell were all recognized as NABC First Team All-District 9 selections. Those three will now be eligible for the State Farm Coaches' Division I All-America teams to be announced on Sat., April 4 as part of the NABC Convention in Houston at the Final Four.
The nation's top three-point shooter and the West Coast Conference's leading scorer, Foster has been named to the NABC All-District First Team. He is the second player in three years to receive this honor under Bronco head coach Kerry Keating with John Bryant picking up the same honor in 2009. Foster is just the 13th Bronco player in school history to be named to the All-District First Team.
Foster leads the WCC in scoring in overall (19.4) and WCC games (20.7). The Houston native is No. 1 in the country in threes made per game (3.5), threes made (117) and threes attempted (318). He is No. 3 on the WCC single season list for threes made, tied with Dan Dickau of Gonzaga (117, 2002, and needs nine threes to reach Fryer at No. 1 (126, 1989). He is second on the team with 1.6 spg and 3.7 apg. Foster has already broken the Bronco single season records in points scored (639), threes made (117) and threes attempted (318). He was the first sophomore in the history of the WCC to scored 1,000 career points and has tallied 1,244 points, good enough for No. 21 on the Bronco career list.
Joining Foster on the first team are two WCC players, Mickey McConnell of Saint Mary's College and Steven Gray of Gonzaga. Orlando Johnson of UC Santa Barbara and Casper Wade of Long Beach State University round out the first team. The second team was made up of Robert Sacre of Gonzaga, Rob Jones of Saint Mary's, Michael Williams of USF, Sam Willard of Pacific and Larry Anderson of Long Beach State.
Gray is averaging a team-leading 13.8 ppg and 3.9 assists/game as the Bulldogs prepare for their 13th straight trip to the NCAA Tournament. His 1,398 career points rank 16th .The Zags also wrapped up an 11th straight West Coast Conference regular-season title this year. Gray also averages 3.8 rpg and 1.7 steals/game. He is a two-time All-WCC first-team selection.
McConnell was named the WCC Player of the Year in 2011 after ranking among the national leaders in several offensive categories, including assists per game. The senior guard helped propel the Gaels to a share of their first regular season WCC title in 14 years.
Sacre is averaging 12.5 ppg and a team-high 6.2 rpg. He became the fourth Bulldog to block 100 career shots, entering the NCAA Tournament with 135 to rank third. His 62 blocks this season rank third on the Gonzaga single-season charts.
Williams shot .448 from the field, .413 (69-167) from 3-point range. The Southern California native ranked in the top-five among WCC leaders in scoring and 3-point field goal percentage. His 69 3-pointers are the second most by a Don in a single-season since Ali Thomas knocked down 75 in 1997-98. It is the first NABC honor for Williams.
The NABC All-District teams are selected and voted on by member coaches of the NABC. The 245 student-athletes from 24 districts are eligible for the State Farm Coaches' Division I All-America teams to be announced April 2 at 9:30 a.m. EDT at the Hilton Americas Hotel in Houston during the NABC Convention and NCAA Final Four.