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March 11, 2011

Two Golden Eagles named All-District by National Association of Basketball Coaches

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Juniors Kevin Murphy and Zac Swansey have been named first and second-team all-district (district 19) for 2011 by the National Association of Basketball Coaches as announced on Wednesday, March 9.  The teams are comprised of the nation’s best men’s collegiate basketball student-athletes, selected and voted on by member coaches of the NABC, and represent the finest basketball players across America.

Named first-team all-district, Murphy finished ranked third in the OVC with 532 points for an average of 16.6 per game. He had a .471 accuracy from the floor and notched 122 defensive rebounds on the season for an average of 3.8 per game. A member of the post -season OVC all-tournament team, Murphy was also named first-team all-OVC by head coaches and sports information directors throughout the league. In the post-season tournament, he averaged 24.3 points and 3.3 rebounds per game shooting over 40% from the field and the three-point line.

Swansey, named second-team all-district by the NABC, notched his fifth double-figure assist game during the tournament, scoring 29 points and notching 22 assists over three games. He averaged 9.7 points and 7.3 assists per game, and finished ranked first in the OVC in assists with 207 on the year, 6.5 per game played. He also took the no. 1 spot in steals, snagging 66 on the year, and had the best assist to turnover ration at 207 to 113 for a ratio of 1.8. Swansey was also named to the OVC's all-newcomer team following his post-season play.

The two Golden Eagles join a group of 245 total student-athletes, from 24 districts, who 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.

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 and its programs and membership can be found at www.nabc.org.