March 29, 2011
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PROFILE: MICKEY MCCONNELL
HOUSTON, Texas - Saint Mary's senior guard Mickey McConnell has been selected by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) to play for the West All-Stars at the annual Reese's College All-Star game, which will be played as part of the 2011 NCAA Final Four on Friday, April 1, at 2:35 p.m. (Pacific) at Reliant Stadium.
The game will feature two teams of the most outstanding college seniors in the nation and will be televised live on TruTV.
McConnell, the 2011 West Coast Conference Player of the Year, is a two-time all-WCC selection and was among the national leaders in assists, three-point shooting and free throw percentage this season. He concluded his career at Saint Mary's as one of the school's career leaders in several categories and helped lead the Gaels to an impressive 116-29 record over the last four years.
The coaches for the game are former Oklahoma coach Billy Tubbs, who led the Sooners to the NCAA championship game in 1988 and Bill Foster, who guided Duke to the NCAA title contest in 1978.
About the National Association of Basketball Coaches
Located in Kansas City, Missouri, 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 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
Courtesy Saint Mary's Gaels media services.