Washington University Men’s Basketball Lands Five on All-UAA Team
St. Louis, Mo., February 27, 2013 – The No. 17 ranked Washington University in St. Louis men's basketball team had five student-athletes named to the All-University Athletic Association (UAA) Team, as announced Wednesday by the conference office.
Junior guard Alan Aboona and junior forward Chris Klimek were named to the first team, sophomore forward Matt Palucki earned second-team accolades and sophomore forward Nick Burt and senior guard Ben Hoener were named honorable-mention.
Aboona started all 25 games at point guard for the Bears averaging 12.9 points per game and led the team in assists (116) and three-pointers made (62). He reached double figures in 18 of 25 games played, including a career-high 35 points on a UAA-record 10 three-pointers in an 86-84 win at Emory University Jan. 11. Aboona is third in the conference in assists (4.6) and three-pointers made (2.5), fourth in free-throw percentage (.900) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.7), ninth in steals (1.3) and 11th in scoring (12.9 ppg) and three-point field-goal percentage (.408).
Klimek, a second-team all-UAA honoree a year ago, averaged 15.6 points and 5.8 rebounds a game in 25 starts at power forward for Washington U. He scored in doubles figures in 21 of 25 games played, including five games over 20 points. Klimek finished the regular season third in the UAA in field-goal percentage (.590), fourth in blocked shots (1.0), fifth in scoring (15.6) and seventh in rebounding (5.8). He scored a career-high 31 points on 14-of-17 shooting in a 94-63 win vs. Austin College Nov. 23.
Palucki made 25 starts at shooting forward for Washington U. and averaged 10.0 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. He notched double figures in scoring in 15 games, and had a career-high 20 points in a 77-62 win at MacMurray College Jan. 2. Palucki pulled down eight or more rebounds in 18 of 25 games played, and was second in the league in rebounding (8.2). He also averaged a conference-best 8.4 boards in 14 UAA contests.
Burt appeared in 25 games off the bench for the Bears averaging 6.1 points and 3.8 rebounds per game while shooting 46.9 percent from the field and 75.6 percent from the free-throw line. He scored in double figures in five games, including three times in conference play. Burt had 12 points and seven boards on 6-of-7 shooting in a 68-65 win vs. Emory Feb. 8, and 10 points and five rebounds in a 72-53 win over then-No. 4 ranked University of Rochester Feb. 10.
Hoener was the sixth man for Washington U. off the bench averaging 9.4 points, 2.3 assists and 2.0 rebounds per game. He shot 50.3 percent from the field, 44.1 percent from three-point range and 78.3 percent from the foul line in the regular season. Hoener, an honorable-mention all-UAA honoree in 2010, scored in double figures 13 times this season, including 10 of 14 UAA contests. He averaged 13.1 points per game in the final nine games of the regular season – a span when the Bears posted an 8-1 record.
Washington University completed the 2012-13 regular season with a 20-5 record and won its 12th UAA title and earned the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Washington U. hosts Spalding University Saturday, March 2, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at 7 p.m.