March 26, 2013
HOUSTON - University of Houston sophomore TaShawn Thomas was named to his third postseason squad Monday morning as a member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches District 11 First Team.
Thomas, a native of Killeen, Texas, previously was named to the All-Conference USA First Team and United States Basketball Writers Association District VII Team earlier this month. He also earned a place on the C-USA All-Defensive Team for the first time in his career.
Thomas emerged as one of the league's top players with 16.9 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. He was one of only two players in the league to be ranked among the top five in both scoring and rebounding and also stood among the leaders in field goal percentage, defensive rebounds and blocked shots per game.
He ranked second in the league with 15 double-doubles this season and posted 12 20-point games this season, including 24 points with 17 rebounds in Houston's overtime loss at George Mason on Monday evening in the College Basketball Invitational Quarterfinals.
Selected and voted on by member coaches of the NABC, these student-athletes represented the finest basketball players across America. The 242 student-athletes from 24 districts are eligible for the NABC Coaches' Division I All-America teams.
TaShawn Thomas, Houston
Joe Jackson, Memphis
Josh Davis, Tulane
Keith Clanton, UCF
Isaiah Sykes, UCF
Maurice Kemp, East Carolina
Dwayne Davis, Southern Miss
Geron Johnson, Memphis
Ricky Tarrant, Tulane
Adonis Thomas, Memphis
ABOUT THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BASKETBALL COACHES
Located in Kansas City, Mo., the NABC was founded in 1927 by Forrest "Phog" Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as Guardians of the Game. The NABC currently has nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men's basketball coaches.
All members of the NABC are expected to uphold the core values of being a Guardian of the Game by bringing attention to the positive aspects of the sport of basketball and the role coaches play in the academic and athletic lives of today's student-athletes.
The four core values of being a Guardian of the Game are advocacy, leadership, service and education. Additional information about the NABC, its programs and membership, can be found at NABC.org.