Kansas City, Mo. – Senior captain Nicholas LaGuerre (Baltimore, Md./Lansdowne) was selected by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) to play in the 2015 Reese's Division III College All-Star game, which will be played as part of the 2015 NCAA® Division III Men's Basketball Championship. The rosters were announced this St. Patrick's Day morning. Reese's is the official candy partner of the NCAA.
The Reese's Division III College All-Star game will be played on Saturday, March 21, at 12:30 p.m. (EDT), prior to the NCAA Division III championship game, which begins at 3:00 p.m. at the Salem Civic Center in Salem, Va. The teams are composed of two senior student-athletes from each of the eight regions in Division III and two seniors have been selected by online voting on D3hoops.com.
LaGuerre is one of the nine members on the East All-Star Team, representing the Mid-Atlantic region along with Dickinson College's Gerald Wixted. He is the second Seahawk to play in the College All-Star game as Alex Franz '11 was on the West Team at the 2011 Reese's All-Star game.
The game will feature a pair of outstanding former coaches who have both been recipients of the NABC Division III Distinguished Service Award. Former Wabash College coach Mac Petty will lead the East team, while former Blackburn College coach Dr. Ira Zeff, now the director of athletics at Nebraska Wesleyan, will guide the West team.
Division III is the largest membership division in the NCAA, with approximately 450 member schools, 43 voting conferences and over 170,000 student-athletes.
Today's selection comes on the heels of LaGuerre being named to the D3hoops.com All-Middle Atlantic Region First Team yesterday. He finishes his outstanding career as a two-time D3hoops.com All-Middle Atlantic Region selection as LaGuerre earned a spot on the third team as a sophomore in 2013.
The 6-3 guard was named the 2015 Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) Men's Basketball Player of the Year on March 2nd and wrapped up his outstanding career as a three-time first team All-CAC honoree. LaGuerre joined Sheldon Taylor '01 (2001) and Franz (2011) as the only St. Mary's players to be named CAC Men's Basketball Player of the Year in the 25-year history of the conference.
He led the Seahawks to an 86-25 overall record and a 50-12 CAC mark during his four-year career. St. Mary's garnered three CAC regular-season titles (2012, 2013, and 2015), two NCAA Tournament berths (2012 and 2013), and the 2013 CAC championship title under his leadership.
A two-year team captain, LaGuerre finished in the Top 20 among 250 Division III players ranked in three categories – 13th in scoring with 22.0 points per game, 23rd in total points with 551, and 25th in free throws made with 142.
He also ranked in the Top 10 among conference players in six categories – first in scoring, fourth in free throw percentage (77.6%), sixth in assists with a 3.2 average, seventh in steals with a 1.8 average, and ninth in field goal percentage (47.6%) and three-point field goal percentage (36.9%). LaGuerre led the team in scoring and three-point shooting.
A four-time CAC Player of the Week this season, he scored in double digits in all but one game, matching his career-best of 36 points in the CAC semifinals against Christopher Newport University. LaGuerre tallied 20 or more points in 15 games, including four 30-point performances.
He notched 1,581 points in 111 games to finish third all-time while shooting 47.7% (532-of-1,115) from the field, including 37.8% (197-of-521) from downtown. LaGuerre also shot 77.3% (320-of-414) from the free throw line and grabbed 353 rebounds, dished 331 helpers, and picked 194 pockets.
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