March 9, 2011
The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced today the NABC Division I All-District teams for 2011, recognizing the nation's best men's collegiate basketball student-athletes. Washington Husky senior Matthew Bryan-Amaning and junior Isaiah Thomas were each named to the District 20 five-man first team.
Joining them on the first team are Arizona's Derrick Williams, Washington State's Klay Thompson and USC's Nikola Vucevic. On the second team are Cal's Harper Kamp, UCLA teammates Reeves Nelson and Malcolm Lee, Oregon's Joevan Catron and Stanford's Jeremy Green.
Bryan-Amaning (London, England/South Kent Prep [Ct.]) leads the Huskies in rebounds (8.3 rpg), field goal percentage (56.4%) and blocks (50) and is second on the team in scoring (16.0 ppg). He ranks fourth in the conference in rebounding, sixth in scoring, second in blocks per game (1.7) and sixth in field goal percentage.
The 6-foot-9 forward is second all-time in UW shot blocking history (154) and tied a school record with 7 at Arizona. He is just the second Husky to ever record 100 blocks and 100 steals in his career.
Bryan-Amaning entered the season averaging just 6.4 points and 4.4 rebounds in his career. He upped his averages of 8.8 points per game in 2010 by 7.2 points -- among the top five jumps in scoring from last year among all Pac-10 players.
On Monday, Bryan-Amaning was named the Pac-10's Most Improved player, first team all-conference and honorable mention All-Defensive.
Thomas (Tacoma, Wash./South Kent Prep [Ct.]/Curtis HS) leads Washington with 16.3 points per game (4th among Pac-10 players) and has scored double figures in 27 of 30 games this season. He leads the conference with 5.6 assists per game and his total of 168 ranks as the second-most all-time by a Husky in a single season. Additionally, Thomas has an assist to turnover ratio of 1.9 (168 assists/87 turnovers), which ranks third among conference players.
Thomas was named earlier this week to the Pac-10's All-Conference first team.
Selected and voted on by member coaches of the NABC, the 245 student-athletes, from 24 districts, are eligible for the State Farm Coaches' Division I All-America teams, to be announced on Saturday, April 2, at 9:30 a.m. (EDT) at the Hilton Americas Hotel in Houston during the NABC Convention and NCAA® Final Four®.