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WCC Places Eight Basketball Players on CollegeHoopsnet.com High-Major All-American Team

April 15, 2009

The West Coast Conference came out on top in the collegehoopsnet.com high-major conferences All-American team by placing eight players, the most of any conference. Collegehoopsnet.com broke down several All-American teams by national, high-major, and mid-major conferences. The WCC was selected to represent a high-major conference along with the Atlantic 10, Conference USA, Missouri Valley, Mountain West, and the Western Athletic conferences. The A-10 and CUSA had the next highest amount of players selected with seven each.

Saint Mary's guard Patrick Mills received the highest honor of the eight players as he was placed on the first team. Mills led the Gaels to a third round appearance in the men's NIT and finished the season ranked second in the league in scoring (18.4), third in assists (3.9), and second in total steals (57). He was also named an honorable mention to collegehoopsnet.com's national All-American team

Santa Clara center John Bryant was named to the second team after an outstanding senior season in which he ranked third in the league in scoring (18.1), while leading the league in rebounding (14.2), field goal percentage (.596), and blocked shots (2.6). He also led the country in double-doubles (24) during the regular season and recorded the most rebounds in an NCAA game in three years with his 27-rebound performance against San Diego in the WCC Tournament.

Gonzaga teammates, guard Matt Bouldin and forward Josh Heytvelt were both named to the third team after leading their team to its 10th WCC Tournament title and a Sweet 16 appearance in this year's NCAA Tournament.

Gonzaga guard Jeremy Pargo and Saint Mary's forward Diamon Simpson were named to the fourth team. Pargo ended the season ranked first in the league in assists (4.9), while Simpson averaged a double-double (13.8 ppg and 10.8 rpg) and became the only player in WCC history to lead his school in career rebounds, blocks, and steals.

Rounding out the players selected from the WCC were Gonzaga forward Austin Daye and San Francisco forward Dior Lowhorn, who were honorable mentions. Daye proved to be versatile as he ranked second in the league in blocks (2.1), while also ranking fourth in three-point percentage (.429). Lowhorn led the league in scoring (20.1) for the second straight year and became just the eighth player in WCC history to earn-back-to-back scoring titles.

CollegeHoops.net High-Major All-American
G - Patrick Mills (So, St. Mary's)
G - Tyreke Evans (Fr, Memphis)
G - Dionte Christmas (Sr, Temple)
F - Ahmad Nivins (Sr ,St. Joseph's)
C - Luke Nevill (Sr, Utah)

CollegeHoops.net Second Team High-Major All-American
G - Stefon Jackson (Sr, UTEP)
G - Lee Cummard (Sr, BYU)
F - Jermaine Taylor (Sr, UCF)
F - Gary Wilkinson (Sr, Utah St)
C - John Bryant (Sr, Santa Clara)

CollegeHoops.net Third Team High-Major All-American
G - Matt Bouldin (Jr, Gonzaga)
G - Robert Vaden (Sr, UAB)
F - Derrick Brown (Jr, Xavier)
F - Chris Wright (Jr, Dayton)
F - Josh Heytvelt (Sr, Gonzaga)

CollegeHoops.net Fourth Team High-Major All-American
G - Jeremy Pargo (Sr, Gonzaga)
G - Booker Woodfox (Sr, Creighton)
F - Robert Dozier (Sr, Memphis)
F - Diamon Simpson (Sr, St. Mary's)
F - Kyle Spain (Sr, San Diego St)

Honorable Mention
Luke Babbitt - Nevada
Jimmy Baron - Rhode Island
Aubrey Coleman - Houston
Austin Daye - Gonzaga
Osiris Eldridge - Illinois St
Shy Ely - Evansville
Brandon Ewing - Wyoming
Jimmer Fredette - BYU
Aaron Jackson - Duquesne
Charles Jenkins - Hofstra
Jerome Jordan - Tulsa
Dior Lowhorn - San Francisco
Jared Quayle - Utah St
BJ Raymond - Xavier
Rene Rougeau - UNLV