Kansas City, Mo. – The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced Thursday morning the 2015 NABC Coaches' Division III All-America teams. Selected and voted on by member coaches of the NABC in NCAA Division III, these student-athletes represent the finest basketball players across America.
Senior captain Nicholas LaGuerre (Baltimore, Md./Lansdowne) put the final touches on a stellar career with his selection to the NABC Coaches' Division III All-America Second Team. This is LaGuerre's first-ever All-America citation. He is just the third Seahawk in program history to earn All-America honors.
However, LaGuerre is the first Seahawk to garner second team honors as Sheldon Taylor '01 was a D-III News All-America Honorable Mention while Alex Franz '11 was a D3hoops.com All-America Fourth Team selection.
Today's selection comes on the heels of LaGuerre being named to the NABC Coaches' All-Middle Atlantic District First Team yesterday to wrap up his career as a three-time All-District honoree after picking up second team accolades as a sophomore (2013) and junior (2014).
On St. Patrick's Day, LaGuerre found himself on the East Team roster for 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 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.
He is the second Seahawk to play in the College All-Star game as Alex Franz '11 was on the West Team for the 2011 Reese's All-Star game.
LaGuerre had already added 2015 D3hoops.com All-Middle Atlantic Region First Team honors to his resume. He finishes as a two-time D3hoops.com All-Middle Atlantic Region selection as LaGuerre earned a spot on the third team 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.
About the National Association of Basketball Coaches
Located in Kansas City, MO, the NABC was founded in 1927 by Phog Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as Guardians of the Game. The NABC currently has nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men's basketball coaches. All members of the NABC are expected to uphold the core values of being a Guardian of the Game by bringing attention to the positive aspects of the sport of basketball and the role coaches play in the academic and athletic lives of today's student-athletes. The four core values of being a Guardian of the Game are advocacy, leadership, service and education. Additional information about the NABC, its programs and membership, can be found at www.nabc.org.
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