April 2, 2008
BOSTON, Mass. - Washington State University senior Kyle Weaver has been named to the Collegeinsider.com 16-man Defensive All-American Team, the organization announced Wednesday.
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 and as an Honorable Mention All-American by CollegeHoops.net.
Weaver is joined on the team by fellow Pacific-10 student-athletes, Darren Collison (last season's national defensive player of the year) and Russell Westbrook, both of UCLA. Rather than assembling first, second, third and fourth team squads, the award is made up of one team consisting of 16 student-athletes. Division I coaches and NBA scouts are part of the selection process, with the final decision resting with the collegeinsider.com staff.
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 No. 1-ranked Tar Heels of North Carolina March 27.
Collegeinsider.com Defensive All-America Team
Stanley Burrell (Xavier)
Darren Collison (UCLA)
Joe Crawford (Kentucky)
Joey Dorsey (Memphis)
Marcus Dove (Oklahoma State)
Frank Elegar (Drexel)
Michael Flowers (Wisconsin)
Jeremiah Rivers (Georgetown)
Russell Robinson (Kansas)
Diamon Simpson (St. Mary's)
Garrett Temple (LSU)
Hasheem Thabeet (Connecticut)
Jarvis Varnado (Mississippi State)
Deron Washington (Virginia Tech)
Kyle Weaver (Washington State)
Russell Westbrook (UCLA)