Babbitt Named Honorable-Mention AP All-American
RENO, Nev. - Sophomore forward Luke Babbitt has been named an honorable-mention All-American by the Associated Press.
Babbitt is Nevada's first student-athlete on the AP list since Nick Fazekas was named a second-team AP All-American in 2007.
The 2010 Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year, Babbitt led the team, finished second in the WAC and ranks ninth in the NCAA with 21.9 points per game, the most for a Wolf Pack player since Darryl Owens averaged 22.7 in 1988-89. A two-time first-team All-WAC selection, Babbitt shattered Nevada's single-season scoring record this year, finishing with 743 points to pass the 721 Fazekas had in 2005-06. He also led the Wolf Pack and was second in the WAC in rebounding with 8.9 boards per game.
Babbitt set the school single-season records for free throws made with 199 and free throw percentage at 91.7 this year (third in the nation) and made his final 34 free throw attempts of the season to claim the school record of consecutive free throws made from Todd Okeson (28 consecutive in 2003-04).
This season, Babbitt was also named an all-district selection by the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the United States Basketball Writers Association and became the first men's basketball student-athlete in school history to be named an Academic All-American, earning second-team honors from ESPN the Magazine and the College Sports Information Directors of America.