Hilltoppers’ Cedric Harris Picked as D-II All-American
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – West Liberty University senior guard Cedric Harris woke up here Tuesday morning as a consensus NCAA Division II All-American.
The day after earning a first-team spot on the Daktronics NCAA Division II All-America Team, Harris earned first-team honors on the prestigious National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) NCAA Division II All-America Team and the NCAA Division II All-America squad compiled by Basketball Times magazine.
Harris, who led Coach Jim Crutchfield’s Hilltoppers to their fifth straight conference championship and an unprecedented fourth consecutive Atlantic Region title and Elite Eight berth, is the leading scorer on the nation’s leading team but those numbers only scratch the surface of his contribution.
The 6-foot senior from Zanesville, Ohio not only scored at a 17.9 ppg. clip but led the Mountain East Conference and was ranked nationally in assists, steals and assist/turnover ratio. The MEC and Atlantic Region Player of the Year, Harris ranks among West Lib’s all-time leaders in scoring, assists and steals and has led the Hilltoppers to an NCAAA Division II-best 96-6 (.941) record during his three years on the hilltop.
The WLU standout was one of only four players to achieve a first-team All-America “sweep” of all three teams. Joining him as consensus first-team NCAA Division II All-Americans for the 2013-14 season are Brandon Jefferson, a 5-9 senior guard from No. 1-ranked Metro State (Colo.); Garret Kerr, a 6-4 junior forward from the University of the Sciences (Pa.); and Aaron Nelson, a 6-8 post from Southern Indiana.
Harris and the No. 7-ranked Hilltoppers (29-3) will take on defending national champion and No. 8-ranked Drury, Mo. (28-3) in an Elite Eight quarterfinal tonight at 7 p.m. (EDT) at the Ford Center.