Luke Nevill was named an Associated Press Honorable Mention All American
April 1, 2009
SALT LAKE CITY - University of Utah center Luke Nevill has been named an Associated Press All-America Honorable Mention selection. He becomes Utah's first All-America honoree since fellow Australian and former No. 1 NBA draft pick Andrew Bogut was a consensus first-team selection in 2005.
"This is a great accomplishment for Luke," said Utah head coach Jim Boylen. "It is a real testament to his hard work, development and effort to play for his teammates. I think it's also a product being the top player from a winning program."
The 7-2, 265-pound native of Perth, Australia, becomes the 16th player in Utah basketball history to earn All-America recognition. One of the most decorated Utes in last decade, Nevill was also the Mountain West Conference Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, MWC Tournament MVP and US Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) District Player of the Year.
"This is a real honor and something that I never expected," said Nevill. "I really want to thank my teammates, my coaches and everyone that helped me this year to become the player that I am now, they are the reason I got this award. I am very thankful to be recognized for my achievements this year."
Nevill led the MWC in rebounding (9.0 rpg) and blocked shots (92) this season and was the league's fourth-leading scorer (16.8 ppg). His field goal percentage of 60.7% ranks eighth in NCAA Div. I, while his 2.7 blocks per game rank ninth nationally.
Nevill also became the MWC's all-time leading career rebounder this season, racking up 937 boards. His 92 blocked shots smashed the Utah single-season mark, held by Bogut, now the starting center for the Milwaukee Bucks. He finished his career with 205 career rejections - first in school history and second in MWC history. He also scored 1,898 career points for the U., finishing fourth all-time.