St. Louis, Mo., Feb. 28, 2019 – Washington University in St. Louis had four student-athletes named to the 2019 University Athletic Association (UAA) Men's Basketball Team, as announced Thursday by the conference office.
Sophomore guard Jack Nolan was named to the first team, while freshman forward Justin Hardy and junior guard Matt Nester earned second-team honors. Junior center Hank Hunter rounded out the honorees by earning honorable-mention accolades.
In addition, Hardy was also named the UAA Rookie of the Year. He is the third player in school history to earn the honors joining Tyler Nading (2006) and Aaron Thompson (2007).
Nolan started all 25 games at shooting guard and led the team averaging 16.1 points per contest. He scored in doubles figures in 21 of 25 games, including a career-best 26 in season finale vs. the University of Chicago on Feb. 23. Nolan also connected on 42-of-45 free-throws, including 30-of-31 in conference play.
Nolan ranked second in the conference in steals (1.6), third in three-point field goals made (69), fourth in three-point field-goal percentage (.423) and sixth in scoring.
Hardy started all 25 games at power forward in his rookie season, and was second on the squad averaging 14.6 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. He ranked in the top-10 in the UAA in four categories: eighth in scoring and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.6), ninth in field-goal percentage (.549) and assists (3.0).
Hardy scored in double figures in 19 of 25 games, including a career-high vs. No. 19 Illinois Wesleyan on Nov. 20. He recorded his first career double-double with 13 points and career-high 10 assists vs. Principia on Dec. 6.
Nester started all 25 games at point guard and averaged 10.7 points, 3.6 assists and 2.8 rebounds per game. He was third in the league in three-point field-goal percentage (.429), fifth in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.1) and assists (89) and sixth in three-pointers made (57).
Nester scored in double figures in 13 games, including a career-best 22 points vs. New York University on Feb. 15. He also dished out four or more assists 14 times this year.
Hunter started 13 of 25 games in the post, and averaged 10.2 points and a team-leading 7.3 rebounds per game. He also shot 62.0 percent from the field and had a team-best seven double-doubles. Hunter ranked second in the UAA in field-goal percentage and was sixth in rebounds.
He scored in double figures 12 times this season, including a career-high 22 at NYU on Jan. 18.
Head coach Pat Juckem led the Bears to a 17-8 record in his first season at WashU, and finished in a tie for second place in the UAA standings with a 10-4 mark. WashU has finished first or second 26 of 32 times in conference history.