Senior center Luke Nevill has been named a First-Team NABC All-District selection.
March 5, 2009
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - University of Utah senior center Luke Nevill has been named a first-team all-district selection by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). Nevill is now eligible for the State Farm Coaches' Division I All-America team.
"We are excited that Luke made the first team and we are very proud of the season he is having," said Utah head coach Jim Boylen. "With our success as a team and his dominating numbers, we expect him to make a strong push for the All-America team."
A five-time Mountain West Conference Player of the Week selection this season, the 7-foot-2 native of Perth, Australia, has captained the Runnin' Utes to a first-place tie in the MWC. Utah can clinch a share of the league title (its first since 2005) with a win this Saturday against TCU.
Nevill leads the conference in rebounding (8.6 rpg), blocked shots (80) and is the league's third-leading scorer (17.0 ppg). He also ranks second in field goal percentage (60.1%) and sixth in free throw percentage (79.8%).
One of the most consistent players in the country, Nevill has scored in double-figures in 27 of 29 games and has a league-best 11 double-doubles this season (29 for his career). He has surpassed 20 points eight times - including a career-high 32 against rival BYU in a Utah win on Jan. 27 - and has recorded double-digit rebounds 13 times.
Nevill's 250 rebounds so far this season raised has made him the MWC's all-time leading career rebounder (886). His 80 blocked shots (2.76 per game) breaks the school single-season mark set by former Ute No. 1 NBA draft pick Andrew Bogut, now the starting center for the Milwaukee Bucks. Nevill now has 193 career rejections - first in school history and third in MWC history
With 1,821 career points, Nevill ranks third a school with more than 100 years of basketball history. He can also be found in the all-time career top-five at Utah in defensive rebounds (645), offensive rebounds (261), free throws made (495), free throws attempted (676) and field goal percentage (57.5%). He is listed in the top 10 in field goals made (664), total rebounds (886) and the top 15 in scoring average (15.2 ppg).