Only four Coyotes in men’s basketball history had been accorded All-American honors before this past season.
And after a season that saw senior Kwame Alexander lead the California Collegiate Athletic Association in both points and rebounds, the Moreno Valley native increased the Coyotes’ all-time number of All-Americans to five.
Alexander, who became the first Coyote in school history to have at least 900 points, 500 rebounds and 60 blocks in a career, was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches Division II All-America team, the coaches association announced Wednesday.
He is the first Coyote to earn All-American honors since Bryan LeDuc in 2010. Those two, along with Mark Warren (1987-89), Bobby Burries (2001-03) and Jonathan Levy (2004) are the five Coyotes’ All-Americans.
”That only five Coyotes have earned All-American honors at CSUSB speaks to the prestige of earning this honor,” Coaches coach Jeff Oliver said. “Kwame showed this season that he is most deserving of becoming an All-American. His improvement and ability were vital in our successes this past year and helped lead us back to the NCAA Tournament.”
Alexander led the CCAA in points (16.7) and rebounds (8.8) and became the first player to lead the conference in both categories since Cal State L.A.’s Jontae Vinson in 2006.
Alexander shared the conference lead with 10 double-doubles and scored in double figures 22 times this season for the Coyotes, who were 20-9 overall and finished the season as an NCAA West Region semifinalist. They lost to defending NCAA champion and this year’s regional champion Western Washington on the Vikings’ home court.
He ranks among the top 10 Coyotes in eight categories: blocked shots (first-66), rebounds (second-562), field goal percentage (third-.553), free throw attempts (fourth-397), free throws (fifth-246), field goals (sixth-336), points (seventh-919) and field goal attempts (10th-608).
Alexander is joined on the All-American list by fellow CCAA competitor, Mitchel Anderson of Cal Poly Pomona.
2013 NABC COACHES’ DIVISION II ALL-AMERICA TEAM
- Kwame Alexander, Cal State San Bernardino, 6-7, Senior, Forward, Moreno Valley, Calif.
- Mitchel Anderson, Cal Poly Pomona, 6-5, Senior, Guard, Temecula, Calif.
- Alex Falk, West Liberty, 6-3, Senior, Guard, Upper Sandusky, Ohio
- Craig Foster, Cameron, 5-11, Junior, Guard, Lawton, Okla.
- Tyshawn Good, Belmont-Abbey, 6-1, Senior, Guard, Jamaica, N.Y.
- Eric Jean-Guillaume, Franklin Pierce, 6-0, Senior, Guard, Stamford, Conn.
- Ali Haidar, Michigan Tech, 6-7, Senior, Forward, Windsor, Ontario, Canada
- Alex Hall, Drury, 6-2, Senior, Guard, Springfield, Mo.
- Luis Leao, Mercyhurst, 6-5, Senior, Forward, Brusque, Brazil
- Roy Mabrey, St. Anselm, 6-2, Sophomore, Guard, Belmar, N.J.
- Cameron McCaffrey, Augustana, 6-1, Senior, Guard, Portland Ore.
- Aric Miller, Armstrong, 6-3, Senior, Guard, Stone Mountain, Ga.
- Jaime Smith, Alabama-Huntsville, 6-3, Senior, Guard, Birmingham, Ala.
- Corbin Thomas, Midwestern State, 6-2, Senior, Forward, Chicago, Ill.
- Clayton Vette, Winona State, 6-9, Senior, Center, Waverly, Iowa
- Ellis Young III, West Florida, 6-4, Junior, Guard/Forward, Merritt Island, Fla.
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