Gordon Named USBWA All-District VIII
March 6, 2012
St. Louis, Mo. --- The honors continue to roll in for Drew Gordon in advance of the 2012 Conoco Mountain West Tournament, as Gordon was one of 10 players selected to the U.S. Basketball Writers Association All-District VIII team. The District VIII team comprises all Division I schools in Wyoming, Utah, Idaho, New Mexico, Colorado, Nevada, and Montana.
Weber State's Damian Lillard, who led the nation in scoring for much of the season, was the District VIII Player of the Year, and Tim Miles of Colorado State was the Coach of the Year.
Gordon was a four-time Mountain West Player of the Week award winner, and was just named First Team All-Mountain West. Gordon spent part of the season on the Naismith and Wooden Award watch lists, and he led the conference in rebounding by a pretty wide margin, averaging 11.1 boards per game. Gordon also led the conference in field goal percentage at .569, and he was third in scoring at 13.8 points per game.
Gordon ended his season in grand style, with a few monster games down the stretch when the pressure was on. In a road game against No. 16 San Diego State, Gordon scored 17 points with 17 rebounds in a 77-67 win at Viejas Arena. He then followed that up with 27 points and 20 rebounds in a 20-point home win over No. 14 UNLV. Then, with the conference title on the line, Drew scored a career-high 30 points with 12 rebounds in a 76-61 win over Boise State, clinching UNM's third regular season title in the last four years.
Other MW players honored on the District VIII team included CSU's Wes Eikmeier, UNLV's Mike Moser, and Air Force's Michael Lyons, who will face off with Gordon in the conference quarterfinals on Thursday at 7 p.m. Mountain Time. Other members of the All-District VIII squad were Will Cherry (Montana), Noah Hartsock (BYU), Lilliard (Weber State), Wendell McKines (New Mexico State), Andre Roberson (Colorado), and Malik Story (Nevada).
District IX, which houses California schools, saw Jamaal Franklin of San Diego State earn All-District, and SDSU's Steve Fisher was the District IX Coach of the Year.