April 14, 2008
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University senior Kyle Weaver added to his end-of-the-season accolades as he was named to the Rivals.com All-Defensive Second Team, the organization announced.
Earlier this season Weaver, a native of Beloit, Wis., was named to the All-Pacific-10 First Team, Pacific-10 All-Defensive Team, U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) Men's All-District IX Team, National Association of Basketball Coaches District 14 First Team, Collegeinsider.com All-Defensive All-America Team and as an Honorable Mention All-American by CollegeHoops.net.
The 6-6 Weaver is joined on the second team by fellow Pacific-10 student-athlete UCLA's Russell Westbrook, who was named the league's defensive player of the year this season. The 10 players on the two teams represent teams that reached the 2008 NCAA Tournament, while nine of those teams won at least one game in the tournament and three advanced to the Final Four.
In his senior season, Weaver led WSU in steals with 60. He ranked second on the team in rebounding (184), scoring (12.4 per game) and assists (151). Weaver led WSU in steals 19 times, blocked shots 13 times, scoring seven times, rebounding eight times, assists 17 times and had 23 double-figure scoring games (including the final six games of the season) and three 20-plus point games (the only three of his career).
Weaver closed out his WSU career ranking on WSU's all-time list in assists (second - 465), steals (third - 188), minutes played (third - 3,602), assists average (fifth - 3.84 per game), blocks (seventh - 93), steals average (eighth - 1.55 per game), rebounds (12th - 570), free throws made (12th - 315), blocks average (13th - 0.77 per game), free throw attempts (13th - 440) scoring (17th - 1,162 points) and field goals made (19th - 402). Earlier this season he became the 29th Cougar to score 1,000 career points and is believed to be the first student-athlete in Pac-10 history to have at least 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 450 assists, 175 steals and 75 blocked shots in a career.
The Cougars tied a school record with 26 wins this season, marking their second-straight 26-win season. WSU also made its first appearance in the `Sweet 16' of the NCAA Tournament, falling to the then-No. 1 Tar Heels of North Carolina March 27.
Rivals.com All-Defensive First Team
Stanley Burrell, G, Xavier
Mario Chalmers, G, Kansas
Jerel McNeal, G, Marquette
Joey Dorsey, F, Memphis
Jarvis Varnado, C, Mississippi State
Rivals.com All-Defensive Second Team
Michael Flowers, G, Wisconsin
Chris Kramer, G, Purdue
Russell Westbrook, G, UCLA
Kyle Weaver, G, Washington State
Hasheem Thabeet, C, Connecticut