Weber State junior Damian Lillard has been named the District VIII Player of the Year, the United States Basketball Writers Association announced Tuesday. He was also named to the All-District Team.
In addition, Lillard was named as one of 15 finalists for the John Wooden Player of the Year Award Tuesday.
Lillard and BYU senior forward Noah Hartsock are two of 10 players named to the USBWA All-District VIII Team. District VIII is one of nine districts across the nation and includes players from Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, Colorado and New Mexico.
The Oakland, Calif., native has had one of the best seasons in Weber State history in leading Weber State to a 23-5 overall record and a 14-2 mark in Big Sky play, entering this week's Big Sky Championships.
He has led the nation in scoring for most of the season and currently is second in the country with an average of 24.5 points per game, the best single-season average in Weber State history. He has scored in double figures in all 28 games this season and has scored 20 or more points 18 times, 30 or more eight times, and has scored 40 or more points twice this season. He has been named Big Sky Player of the Week five times this year and was also named National Player of the Week in January.
Lillard, a native of Oakland, Calif., ranks sixth in the nation in three-pointers per game and is 17th in the country in free throw percentage at 88.3 percent. He led the Wildcats in scoring in 22 of 28 games during the regular season.
Heading into the conference tournament he ranks second in WSU history in single-season scoring with 685 points in 28 games and needs just 29 more points to become the single-season leader. He is also currently 12th in Big Sky history in single-season scoring. Lillard has also made the most three-pointers in single-season history with 88 and has the fourth best single-season free throw percentage at 88.3 percent. He is also fourth in the Big Sky in assists and sixth in steals.
This season he has been named a finalist for the John Wooden and Oscar Robertson Player of the Year Awards. He is also a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award, recognizing the nation's top point guard, and for the Lou Henson Award, the Mid-major Player of the Year.
Lillard has appeared in 99 career games for the Wildcats and has started 94 games. He is second in WSU history in career scoring with 1,835 career points, which also ranks 10th in Big Sky history. He needs just two more three-pointers to become Weber State's career leader in three-pointers. Last week he became the school's career leader in free throws made with 489. He is also second in WSU history in career assists with 344.
Hartsock, A native of Bartlesville, Okla., Hartsock was also named to the All-West Coast Conference team last week.
Hartsock leads BYU in scoring (16.7 points per game), blocks (52), field goal percentage (.565) and free throw percentage (.839). He also adds 5.2 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game and has scored in double figures 29 times and 20-plus points 11 times. Hartsock has registered three double-doubles this season.
For his career, Hartsock has scored 1,153 points (29thall-time at BYU) and blocked 174 shots (third all-time at BYU). His career shooting percentages are .543 from the field, .379 from 3 and .817 from the free throw line.
2012 USBWA District VIII Honors
Player of the Year
Damian Lillard, Weber State
Coach of the Year
Tim Miles, Colorado State
Will Cherry, Montana
Wes Eikmeier, Colorado State
Drew Gordon, New Mexico
Noah Hartsock, BYU
Damian Lillard, Weber State
Michael Lyons, Air Force
Wendell McKines, New Mexico State
Mike Moser, UNLV
Andre Roberson, Colorado
Malik Story, Nevada