The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced the 2014 NABC Coaches Division I All-America teams. Selected and voted on by member coaches of the NABC, the Big 12 is represented by Kansas guard Andrew Wiggins (Second Team) and Oklahoma State sophomore Marcus Smart (Third Team).
The Big 12 Freshman of the Year, Wiggins, currently leads all league freshmen in scoring at 17.1 points per game. He ranks ninth in the conference in field goal percentage (.448) and is also eighth in free throw shooting (.775). The Vaughan, Ontario, Canada native was a unanimous All-Big 12 First Team selection and recorded 11 games of 20 or more points during his freshman season.
Marcus Smart, All-Big 12 First Team selection, ranks third in the league in scoring at 18.0 points per game. Smart leads the conference in steals per game at 2.9 while averaging 5.9 rebounds and 4.8 assists. He is the first Oklahoma State player to be named an All-American by the NABC more than once.
For a complete list of the 2014 NABC All-America teams, go to: NABC All-America Team
About the National Association of Basketball Coaches
Located in Kansas City, MO, the NABC was founded in 1927 by 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.