KANSAS CITY, MO – The honors and recognition continue to roll in for Williams College men's basketball senior captain Troy Whittington.
Previously named the NABC's Northeast Region Player of the Year and a First Team honoree, Whittington was named as one of eight NABC State Farm Coaches Association First Team All-Americans.
"Troy changes the game on both ends of the floor," noted Eph head coach Mike Maker. "He is difficult for teams to stop with just one defender and at the defensive end he blocks some shots, but alters many more."
"His maturation as a person and a player since his sophomore year has been impressive. He is the heart of this team with his energy and passion. I've said it many times, he's a better person than he is a player and he is an outstanding player. In my mind he is the national player of the year."
Whittington averages 16.7 points and 9 rebounds a game for the 29-2 Ephs who will play the College of Wooster at 6:00 p.m. in the national semifinals in the Salem Civic Center.
2011 STATE FARM® COACHES' DIVISION III ALL-AMERICA FIRST TEAM
Chad Burridge, Oswego State, 6-7, Junior, Center, Hannibal, N.Y.
Steve Djurickovic, Carthage, 6-3, Senior, Guard, Pleasant Prairie, Wis.
Jonathan Jones, Kean, 6-5, Senior, Forward, Linden, N.J.
Michael McClary, Olivet, 6-5, Senior, Center, Bellaire, Mich.
Georgio Milligan, Franklin & Marshall, 6-2 Junior, Guard, Spring Valley, N.Y.
Derek Mitchell, Ferrum, 6-5, Senior, Forward, Newport News, Va.
Michael Taylor, Whitworth, 6-4, Senior, Guard, Brewster, Wash.
Troy Whittington, Williams, 6-6, Senior, Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.
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 claims 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.