Jackson Emery added NABC All-District Second Team to his list of honors this season. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
KANSAS CITY -- Another week and more recognition for BYU’s starting guards as the National Association of Basketball Coaches named juniors Jimmer Fredette and Jackson Emery to its All-District 17 teams. Fredette was named to the first team while Emery earned a second-team nod.
Last week the pair was named to the United States Basketball Writers Association All-District squad and earned All-MWC honors — Fredette to the first team and Emery the second team.
Joining Fredette on the first team are Dairese Gary and Darington Hobson of New Mexico, Kawhi Leonard of San Diego State and Tre’Von Willis of UNLV. In addition to Emery, the second team includes Roman Martinez (New Mexico), Andy Ogide (Colorado State), Chace Stanback (UNLV) and Malcolm Thomas (San Diego State).
Fredette is 12th in the nation and first in the MWC in scoring at 21.7 points per game while shooting .458 from the field, .448 from three and .896 from the free throw line. He set BYU single game records with 49 points and nine threes versus Arizona and a Cougar season record when he hit 39-consecutive free throws. The Glens Falls, N.Y., native owns a current streak of 33 trips to the line without a miss.
In addition to the all-district and conference recognition, Fredette is a Sporting News third-team All-American and a candidate for the Wooden Award and Naismith Trophy. Both awards recognize the national player of the year.
Emery — also named to the MWC All-Defensive Team — is one of the top perimeter defenders in the nation and a threat from the outside. He is currently fifth in the nation in steals per game at 2.7 and has shattered the BYU record for steals in a season with 89. He is three from breaking the MWC season record.
A native of Alpine, Utah, Emery is averaging 12.6 points and 2.8 assists — both second on the team — while adding 4.5 rebounds. He is shooting .430 from three and has made a team-best 80 treys.
The NABC All-District teams are selected and voted on by member coaches of the NABC. The 240 student-athletes, from 24 districts, are eligible for the State Farm Division I All-America teams, to be announced on Saturday, April 3, at 11 a.m. (EDT) at Bracket Town in the Indianapolis Convention Center in Indianapolis, Ind., during the NABC Convention and NCAA Final Four.