Weems Earns NABC All-District Honors

March 14, 2012

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Missouri State senior Kyle Weems (F, Topeka, Kan.) has been named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District 16 first-team for the second year in a row, the organization announced Wednesday (March 14).

Weems is one of 240 All-District players from 24 districts who are now eligible for the NABC Coaches' Division I All-America teams, announced on March 20.

Joining Weems on the District 16 first team are Creighton's Doug McDermott, Wichita State's Garrett Stutz, Evansville's Colt Ryan and Illinois State's Jackie Carmichael. Second-teamers include: Ben Simons (Drake), Jake Odum (Indiana State), Joe Ragland (Wichita State), Antoine Young (Creighton) and Rayvonte Rice (Drake).

A three-time All-Missouri Valley Conference player, Weems led the Bears in scoring and rebounding this season with 15.6 points and 7.2 boards per contest. He also had team-highs in field goals (182), free throws (75), three-pointers (61) and blocked shots (20), while sharing the team lead in minutes played (1,005) in 2011-12.

Weems began his career by earning MVC All-Freshman honors in 2008-09 and followed that with All-MVC second-team distinction as a sophomore. Last season, he was named MVC Larry Bird Player of the Year after leading MSU to its first-ever Valley regular-season title and a 26-9 overall record. He also claimed Associated Press All-America honorable mention status in 2010-11, along with NABC All-District and USBWA All-Region honors.

He began his senior season as the MVC Preseason Player of the Year, earned All-MVC first-team honors for the second time and recently finished ninth in the Lou Henson Mid-Major Player of the Year Award on-line voting.



Earlier this season, Weems claimed his sixth career MVC Player of the Week honor (Jan. 1) after helping the Bears to a 2-0 start in league play and in particular for his 31-point effort in the Bears' win at No. 19 Creighton on Dec. 28. For his efforts, he was named as the USBWA Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week, StatSheet.com National Player of the Week, CollegeSports360.com National Prime Time Performer of the Week, and the Lou Henson Award Mid-Major National Player of the Week. Only three players in MVC history (Hersey Hawkins, Bob Harstad and Kyle Korver) have won more MVC Player of the Week Awards than Weems.

He also finished as the only player in Valley history to score 1,800 or more points, collect 800 or more rebounds and knock down 200 three-pointers. He finished 19th on the MVC career scoring list (1,868), 36th in rebounding (844) and 17th in 3-pointers (240).

On Missouri State's career charts, Weems finished No. 2 in scoring, No. 4 in rebounding and No. 4 in three-pointers. He also became the Bears' career leader in games played (134), double-figure scoring games (110) and fouls (382), while ranking second in minutes (3,981), fourth in field goals (681), fourth in field goal attempts (1,550), fourth in three-point attempts (641), fifth in blocked shots (114) and fifth in steals (146).

Weems was part of two postseason runs at Missouri State, including the 2010 CollegeInsider.com championship team and the 2011 team that advanced to the second round of the National Invitation Tournament.

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