Honors Continue For Harris

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Two days after helping lead his No. 7-ranked West Liberty University squad to its fourth consecutive Atlantic Region championship, backcourt ace Cedric Harris was a first team All-Atlantic Region pick Thursday morning when the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced its 2013-14 All-District Teams.

Selected in balloting by NABC members from coast to coast, the All-District teams mirror NCAA Division II’s regional setup with 11 players – six first team and five second team – honored in each of the nation’s eight districts. The 88 All-District players comprise the ballot for the 2014 NABC Coaches’ Division II All-America Team, which will be announced next week in conjunction with the Elite Eight at the Ford Center in Evansville, Ind.

This is merely the latest in a cascade of awards for Harris, a 6-foot senior guard from Zanesville who was named the Mountain East Conference Player of the Year and the Atlantic Region Player of the Year. Earlier this week, he ran away with the Most Valuable Player Award in the Atlantic Region tournament, averaging nearly 22 points, six assists, five rebounds and three steals a night in West Liberty’s three-game run to its fourth straight crown.

Harris leads the nation’s highest-scoring team in scoring (17.9 ppg.) and led the MEC in assists per game (5.63), steals per game (2.34) and assist/turnover ratio (2.90). He heads to Evansville next week ranking in the Top 20 nationally in assists, steals and assist/turnover ratio.

Joining Harris on the NABC All-Atlantic Region first-team are Gannon’s Adam Blazek, East Stroudsburg’s Whis Grant, Lock Haven’s Wali Hepburn, Charleston’s Xavier Humphrey and Mark Thomas of Livingstone (N.C.). The second-team unit consists of Mansfield’s Joe Bell, Seton Hill’s Malachi Leonard, Glenville State’s Lamar Mallory, Shepherd’s Brantley Osborne and Marcel Souberbielle of Indiana, Pa.

Harris and the Hilltoppers (29-3) will take on defending national champion and Midwest Region kingpin Drury, Mo. (28-3) on Wednesday in Evansville in a 6 p.m. (EDT) NCAA Division II Elite Eight quarterfinal.