Sean Wallis Leads Four Bears on 2010 All-UAA Team
St. Louis, Mo., March 1, 2010 – Graduate student point guard Sean Wallis highlighted four Washington University in St. Louis student-athletes named to the 2010 All-University Athletic Association (UAA) Men’s Basketball Team, as announced Wednesday by the league office.
Wallis took advantage of his fifth year, becoming the eighth player in school history to take home UAA Player of the Year honors. 2009 UAA Player of the Year and senior guard Aaron Thompson, Elida, Ohio (Elida) joined Wallis on the first team. Thompson becomes just the third player in school history to earn four all-UAA accolades joining Dustin Tylka (2000-03) and Tyler Nading (2006-09).
Junior forward Spencer Gay and senior forward Cameron Smith was named to the second team.
In addition, head coach Mark Edwards and assistant coaches Caleb Lawson and Buddy Sodemann claimed UAA Coaching Staff of the Year honors. This marks the seventh time Edwards and his staff have garnered the honor.
Wallis averaged 12.8 points and a UAA-best 7.3 assists per game for the Bears, who have won 12-straight games. He also leads the league in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.7) and is fifth in free-throw percentage (.819). Wallis picked up his offensive game during UAA play averaging 14.2 points per game, including a career-best 29 points in a 92-82 victory at No. 21 Brandeis on Feb. 12. He scored 24 points against the University of Chicago on Jan. 9, becoming the 19th player in school history to score 1,000-career points. Wallis is the UAA’s all-time leader with 360 assists, and is 10th in Division III history with 749.
Thompson, who picked first-team honors for the second-straight year, averaged a conference-best 17.4 points per game for the Bears. He also leads the league in three-pointers made (65), and is seventh in steals (1.4 spg) and 10th in assists (2.6 apg). Thompson scored in double figures in 21 of 25 games played, and dropped in a career-best 31 points in a 76-71 victory at Illinois Wesleyan on Nov. 21. He ranks second in school history in three-pointers made (285), third in scoring (1,558), fourth in steals (161) and sixth in assists (335).
Gay emerged in the second half of the season and finished third on team in scoring (9.3 ppg), while leading the UAA in field goal percentage (.642) and blocked shots (1.8 bpg) in conference games only. He has scored in double figures 12 times this season, including a career-best 22 points in a 95-58 win over Carnegie Mellon University on Feb. 21. Gay ranks third in Washington University school history in field goal percentage (.578).
Smith, who earned all-UAA honors for the third-consecutive season, averages a career-best 7.5 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. The 6-foot-5 forward also ranks seventh in the UAA in steals (1.4 spg). Smith nailed a career-best five three-pointers and had a season-high 15 points in an 83-69 victory over Emory University on Feb. 7. He is averaging 5.7 points and 4.2 rebounds per game in 117 career contests, tied for the most games played in school history, and ranks seventh with 147 steals.
Washington University (23-2) won its 10th overall UAA title after posting a 13-1 conference mark for the second-consecutive year. The two-time defending national champion Bears will host the first and second rounds of the 20010 NCAA Division III Championship on Friday-Saturday, March 5-6, at the WU Field House. The top-ranked Bears meet Westminster College on Friday at 8 p.m. in first round action.