Six WAC Men's Basketball Players Named to NABC All-District Team
Nevada's Deonte Burton, New Mexico State's Wendell McKines and Hawai‘i's Vander Joaquim were selected to the first team, while Nevada's Malik Story, Utah State's Preston Medlin and Fresno State's Kevin Olekaibe were named to the second team.
A native of Los Angeles, Burton was named the 2012 WAC Player of the Year after helping the Wolf Pack to a 13-1 conference mark and the regular-season championship. Burton averages 14.9 points and 4.3 assists to lead the team in both categories.
This is McKines' second all-district honor. He was also named to the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) All-District VIII team. McKines earned WAC Tournament MVP honors and first team All-WAC accolades this season. He leads the Aggies and WAC in both scoring and rebounding with 18.8 points and 10.8 rebounds per game. McKines has posted 20 double-doubles this year, which ranks fourth in the nation.
Joaquim is the first Rainbow Warrior to be named all-district since Roderick Flemings in 2008-09 and is the first player to earn first-team recognition since Michael Kuebler in 2003-04. Earlier this month the native of Luanda, Angola, was named to the all-WAC first team, the first UH player to earn that honor in six years. Joaquim led the team this year in scoring (14.3 ppg), rebounding (9.5 rpg), field goal percentage (.560) and blocks (58).
Story was second on the team averaging 14.2 points per game and shot 42.1 percent from behind the 3-point arc for the WAC regular-season champions. The 6-5, Pasadena, Calif. product was named to the WAC Honorable Mention team.
Medlin is averaging 16.3 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.3 assists, while shooting 49.3 percent from the field, 42.6 percent from three-point range and 79.5 percent at the free throw line. He currently ranks second in the WAC in three-point shooting, third in scoring, fifth in free throw shooting, seventh in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.72), ninth in assists, and 12th in overall shooting.
Olekaibe, who averaged 17.8 points per game this past season, currently ranks sixth among all Division I sophomore guards and 47th for all D-I scorers. He finished second in the WAC in scoring to New Mexico State's Wendell McKines.
Those named to the all-district teams are eligible for the NABC Coaches’ Division I All-America teams, to be announced on Tuesday, March 20.
Deonte Burton Nevada
Damian Lillard Weber State
Wendell McKines New Mexico State
Will Cherry Montana
Vander Joaquim Hawaii
Malik Story Nevada
Scott Bamforth Weber State
Charles Odum Portland State
Preston Medlin Utah State
Kevin Olekaibe Fresno State