March 9, 2011 - The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced their Division I All-District teams on Wednesday with Sacred Heart sophomore Shane Gibson (Killingly, CT) earning a spot on the District 18 second team. Gibson also earned All-Northeast Conference second team honors this season.
Gibson enjoyed a stellar offensive season for the Pioneers averaging 17.2 points per game. He ranks second in the Northeast Conference in scoring and was also one of the league's top three-point shooters. Gibson knocked down 75 three's on the year, second among NEC leaders, and made 38.9% from behind the arc.
He took home a pair of NEC Player of the Week awards this season, winning in back to back weeks midway through the year. Gibson posted 12 games where he scored 20 or more points in 2010-11.
The 245 student-athletes, from 24 districts, are eligible for the State Farm Coaches' Division I All-America teams, to be announced on Saturday, April 2, at 9:30 a.m. (EDT) at the Hilton Americas Hotel in Houston during the NABC Convention and NCAA® Final Four®.
NABC District 18
First Team: Julian Boyd (LIU), Ken Horton (CCSU), James Johnson (Quinnipiac), Tyler Murray (Wagner), Justin Rutty (Quinnipiac)
Second Team: Shemik Thompson (CCSU), Karon Abraham (Robert Morris), Shane Gibson (Sacred Heart), Jamal Olasewere (LIU), Umar Shannon (Saint Francis-PA)
About the National Association of Basketball Coaches
Located in Kansas City, Mo., the NABC was founded in 1927 by Forrest "Phog" Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as Guardians of the Game. The NABC currently has nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men's basketball coaches. All members of the NABC are expected to uphold the core values of being a Guardian of the Game by bringing attention to the positive aspects of the sport of basketball and the role coaches play in the academic and athletic lives of today's student-athletes. The four core values of being a Guardian of the Game are advocacy, leadership, service and education. Additional information about the NABC, its programs and membership, can be found at www.NABC.org.