March 11, 2008
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - University of Houston senior guard Robert McKiver received another honor Tuesday when he was named to the United States Basketball Writers' Association All-District VII Team.
In 2007-08, McKiver built on his reputation as one of Conference USA's and the nation's most prolific scorers. The New Haven, Conn., native scored at least 20 points in 16 games and reached double digits in all but one contest.
He added seven 30-point games, two 40-point games and set a C-USA single-game record with 52 points against league rival Southern Miss on Feb. 27.
McKiver ranks second in C-USA with 23.1 points per game but has established himself as a defensive force as well, recording 1.7 steals per game to rank second in the league.
He was joined on the team by A.J. Abrams, Damion James and D.J. Augustin of Texas, UTEP's Stefon Jackson, Curtis Jerrells of Baylor, Bo McCalebb of New Orleans, LSU's Marcus Thornton, Texas Tech's Alan Voskuil and Sonny Weems of Arkansas.
Augustin was named the District Player of the Year, while Baylor's Scott Drew was recognized as the District Coach of the Year.
District VII consists of schools from Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana.
The award was nothing new for McKiver this season. He was named to the All-Conference USA First Team for the second straight season earlier this week and recently garnered honors on the National Association of Basketball Coaches District 9 First Team.
McKiver and his Cougar teammates return to action at 2:30 p.m., Thursday, when they face the winner of the No. 6 UTEP-No. 11 SMU game during the quarterfinals of the 2008 C-USA Championship at FedExForum in Memphis.
Fans can hear the game live on 790 AM The Sports Animal with Tom Franklin calling the play-by-play action and Carl Dukes providing analysis. Fans always can follow live stats by clicking on the GameTracker link at UHCougars.com.