Tuesday , March 20, 2012 - 1:35 PM
OGDEN -- Weber State junior guard Damian Lillard has earned All-America honors from the National Association of Basketball Coaches. Lillard was named to the All-America Third Team Tuesday and becomes the first Wildcat to ever earn All-America honors from the NABC.
He is one of 15 players across the nation to earn All-American honors from the NABC, and one of only three players not from a power conference.
The All-America teams are selected and voted by member coaches of the NABC.
Earlier this month he was named the Big Sky Conference MVP, the District VIII Player of the Year, and now adds All-America honors to his awards lists for the season. He also is a finalist for the John Wooden Award, Oscar Robertson Award and Bob Cousy Award.
Lillard enjoyed one of the greatest seasons in Weber State history in helping lead the Wildcats to a 25-7 overall record and a 14-2 record in Big Sky play.
The 6-foot-3 point guard from Oakland, Calif. -- who is currently pondering his professional future -- led the nation in scoring for most of the season and is currently second in the country with an average of 24.5 points per game, the best single-season average in Weber State history. He scored 784 points this season which is the most in Weber State single-season history and ranks as the third most in Big Sky single-season history.
Lillard scored in double figures in all 32 games for the Wildcats this season and scored 20 or more points 22 times, 30 or more eight times, and has scored 40 or more points twice this season. He was named Big Sky player of the week five times this year and was also named National Player of the Week in January.
He currently ranks 12th in the nation in free throw percentage after shooting 88.7 percent for the season, the third best single-season percentage in Weber State history. He tied the single-season record for most free throws made with 228 and was fifth in attempts.
Lillard also ranks 15th in the nation in 3-pointers per game. He made 94 3-pointers this season, the most in WSU single-season history and the sixth most in Big Sky history. Lillard also finished third in the Big Sky in assist to turnover ratio, fourth in assists and sixth in steals.
In his career with the Wildcats Lillard appeared in 103 career games for the Wildcats and started 98 games. He ranks second in WSU history in career scoring with 1,934 career points, which also ranks fifth in Big Sky history.
Earlier this month he became Weber State's career leader in three-pointers, now with 246 for his career. Lillard is also WSU's career leader in free throws made with 520 and is second in WSU history in career assists with 362. He also ranks as Weber State's career leader in free throw percentage at 86.7 percent, which is also sixth in Big Sky history.
2012 NABC COACHES' DIVISION I ALL-AMERICA FIRST TEAM
Anthony Davis, Kentucky, 6-10, 220, Freshman, Forward, Chicago, Ill.
Draymond Green, Michigan State, 6-7, 230, Senior, Forward, Saginaw, Mich.
Doug McDermott, Creighton, 6-7, 220, Sophomore, Forward, Ames, Iowa
Thomas Robinson, Kansas, 6-10, 237, Junior, Forward, Washington, D.C.
Jared Sullinger, Ohio State, 6-9, 280, Sophomore, Forward, Columbus, Ohio
2012 NABC COACHES' DIVISION I ALL-AMERICA SECOND TEAM
Harrison Barnes, North Carolina, 6-8, 215, Sophomore, Forward, Ames, Iowa
Marcus Denmon, Missouri, 6-3, 185, Senior, Guard, Kansas City, Mo.
Kevin Jones, West Virginia, 6-8, 260, Senior, Forward, Mount Vernon, N.Y.
Kris Joseph, Syracuse, 6-7, 210, Senior, Forward, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Tyler Zeller, North Carolina, 7-0, 250, Senior, Forward, Washington, Ind.
2012 NABC COACHES' DIVISION I ALL-AMERICA THIRD TEAM
Isaiah Canaan, Murray State, 6-0, 193, Junior, Guard, Biloxi, Miss.
Jae Crowder, Marquette, 6-6, 235, Senior, Forward, Villa Rica, Ga.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kentucky, 6-7, 232, Freshman, Forward, Somerdale, N.J.
Damian Lillard, Weber State, 6-3, 195, Junior, Guard, Oakland Calif.
Austin Rivers, Duke, 6-4, 204, Freshman, Guard, Winter Park, Fla.
Damian Lillard highlight video, courtesy of Weber State:
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