Crowder Continues To Collect National Accolades
March 26, 2012
Senior forward Jae Crowder, the 2011-2 BIG EAST Conference Player of the Year, continues to receive postseason accolades for his efforts in helping Marquette to a second-place finish in the conference and an appearance in the Sweet 16.
The Villa Rica, Ga., native was one of 10 players named to the John R. Wooden Award All-American Team and he was also tabbed Second Team All-America by the Associated Press.
"It's truly an honor to be included on these teams with the best players in the nation, I am honestly very humbled," Crowder said. "None of this would have even been possible without the help and dedication of my teammates and coaches."
Crowder averaged 17.5 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game this season, helping Marquette to a 27-8 overall record and a program-best 14-4 mark in the BIG EAST. He ranked among the national leaders in steals per contest and was among the league leaders in seven different categories. He was also a member of the All-BIG EAST First Team.
Created in 1976 and named after the Hall of Fame player, coach and teacher, the John R. Wooden Award is the most prestigious individual honor in college basketball. It is bestowed upon the nation's best player at an institution of higher education who has proven that he or she is making progress toward graduation and maintaining a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA. Previous winners include such notables as Larry Bird ('79), Michael Jordan ('84), Tim Duncan ('97), Blake Griffin ('09) and Maya Moore of Connecticut ('09 and '11).
Crowder is the first Marquette All-America selection since Lazar Hayward (AP, Honorable Mention) in 2009-10. The program's all-time leading scorer, Jerel McNeal, was named to the second team by Associated Press in 2008-09.
Crowder was joined on the second team by Isaiah Canaan (Murray State), Marcus Denmon (Missouri), Tyler Zeller (North Carolina) and Kevin Jones (West Virginia).