St. Louis, Mo., Feb. 27, 2017 – The Washington University in St. Louis men's basketball team had three student-athletes named to the 2017 All-University Athletic Association (UAA) Team, as announced Monday by the conference office.
Junior guard Kevin Kucera and junior forward Andrew Sanders highlighted the honorees by earning first-team honors. In addition, senior forward Clinton Hooks was named to the second team and earned UAA Co-Defensive Player of the Year honors.
Head coach Mark Edwards and assistant coaches Caleb Lawson and Jason Jabbari were named the UAA Coaching Staff of the Year. Edwards earned the honor for the seventh time in his career.
Kucera, an honorable-mention all-UAA selection a year ago, started all 25 games at point guard and averaged 10.8 points and a team-high 6.3 assists per game. He scored in double figures in 13 games, including a career-best 27 points in an 84-77 win at DePauw on Nov. 19. Kucera dished out 10 or more assists four times, and had a career-high 12 in a 91-66 win at New York Feb. 17. He finished the regular season second in the UAA in assists, third in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.91) and fourth in steals (1.7). Kucera ranks ninth in school history with 300 assists.
Sanders, a second-team all-UAA honoree a year ago, is averaging a team-high 16.2 points and 6.2 rebounds per game in 25 starts. He has scored in double figures in 23 of 25 games played, including a career-high 30 in an 88-77 win at Case Jan. 29. Sanders ranks fourth in the league in scoring, seventh in steals (1.2), ninth in field-goal percentage (54.5) and 10th in rebounding. He earned UAA Athlete of the Week honors on Jan. 30 and Feb. 6.
Hooks, a second-team selection last year, is averaging 10.3 points and 4.4 rebounds per game in 25 starts at forward. He is also second on the squad with 27 blocks in addition to recording 28 steals. Hooks scored in double figures 13 times this season, including a season-best 19 points and the game-winning shot in a 70-68 win at Chicago Jan. 7. He ranks sixth in the conference in blocked shots (1.1) and 11th in steals (1.1). He has appeared in 87 career games for the Bears, scoring 628 points and knocking down 102 three-pointers.
WashU finished the regular season with a 20-5 overall record and won its 14th UAA Championship. The Bears also gained the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.