Having already captured a similar accolade, Alex Herrera decided to make it 2-for-2.
The Fort Lewis College mens basketball center was selected to the National Association of Basketball Coaches All-South Central Region first team after being selected to the same team by Daktronics (voted on by South Central Region sports information directors) last week.
Herrera, a 6-9 sophomore from Ignacio, became the first Skyhawk to earn the distinction from the NABC. He set an FLC single-season record for blocked shots with 84 and led the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference in field-goal percentage at 60.3.
Herrera averaged 15.3 points per game and 8.8 rebounds per contest and was named RMAC Defensive Player of the Year earlier this month.
I think its a nice honor for Alex, FLC head coach Bob Hofman said in a news release. Im sure hed be the first to credit his teammates for achieving this award. We look at all of our individual awards as collective awards. He and his teammates have worked very hard for this.
Kirk Archibeque, DeAndre Lansdowne and Matt Morris also earned honors from the NABC, but those were second-team selections.
FLC finished 22-8 this season after bowing out to St. Marys in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. FLC finished 16-6 in the RMAC and scored a victory over league foe Adams State in the first round of the NCAAs.
Craig Foster of Cameron, Brandon Jefferson and Jonathan Morse of Metro State, Kevin Kotzur of St. Marys and Corbin Thomas of Midwestern State joined Herrera on the first team and all are eligible for the upcoming NABC All-America teams.
Shamar Acuay of Newman, Nick Fox of Dallas Baptist, Chuck Guy of Tarleton State, Kaimyn Pruitt of Adams State and Dionelle Rucker of Incarnate Word landed on the second team.
Metro States Derrick Clark was named the regions top coach.
Clark will coach Metro State against Franklin Pierce in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday in Louisville, Ky.