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March 17, 2012
The big Australian was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division I All-District 20 First Team this week. That makes the Cougars leader one of 240 student-athletes from 24 districts who is eligible for the NABC Coaches' Division I All-America teams, to be announced on Tuesday.
Motum's naming to the district team marks the third-straight season the Cougars have been represented on the first team. Klay Thompson earned the honors each of the last two seasons (2009-10, 2010-11).
Six Cougars have been named NABC All-District First Team nine times, while six others have earned NABC All-District Second Team and Honorable Mention honors.
The organization divides all Division I schools into 24 districts. District 20 is made up of all 12 Pac-12 teams.
A native of Brisbane, Australia, Motum earned All-Pac-12 First Team honors for the first time this season. The Cougars' leading scorer, Motum leads the Pac-12 and ranks 37th in the nation at 18.3 points a game.
Motum, a 6-foot-10 center, currently ranks seventh in WSU's record books for single-season scoring with 584 points. He will add to that total, since the Cougars are still playing - in the second-round of the CBI tournament on Monday.
Located in Kansas City, Mo., the NABC was founded in 1927 by Forrest "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 claims 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. Taken from sports information reports.
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