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McConnell Named to NABC All-West Region Team

Whitworth senior Dustin McConnell was named to the NABC All-West Region team today. Whitworth senior Dustin McConnell was named to the NABC All-West Region team today.

SPOKANE, Wash. - Dustin McConnell added another honor to the list today. He was named a Division III First Team All-West Region honoree by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).

This award follows the same honor given by on Monday.

McConnell, the 2014 Northwest Conference Player of the Year, helped lead the Pirates to a final record of 23-6 and an eighth straight trip to the NCAA Division III tournament.

McConnell led the Northwest Conference in assists per game (3.6) this season and ranked second in free throw percentage (83.9). He averaged 13.4 points and 3.7 rebounds per game for the Pirates throughout the year, 14.6 points per game in NWC contests. He was named NWC Player of the Week on Feb. 10 after he played all 80 minutes and averaged 21.0 points per game in a pair of wins at Puget Sound and Pacific Lutheran.

McConnell turned his game up a notch in the post-season. Over the course of four playoff games (NWC and NCAA tournaments) he averaged 16.8 points, 6.0 assists and 3.5 rebounds.

McConnell finished his Pirate career with 1,039 points to rank 22nd on Whitworth's career scoring list.

Here is the full NABC All-West Region team:

First Team

Tyler Gaffaney, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps

Matt Greenfield, Central College

Trevor Hass, UW Stevens Point

Dan Kornbaum, Augsburg

Dustin McConnell, Whitworth

Tyler Tillema, UW Stevens Point (POY)

Second Team

Chas Cross, UW Platteville

KJ Evans, UW Whitewater

Connor Gunderson, St. Olaf

Kyle McAndrews, Pomona-Pitzer Colleges

Bryce Williams, Crown

Coach of the Year: Bob Semling, UW Stevens Point

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