Men's Basketball

Lasme Named AP Honorable Mention All-American

Stephane Lasme finished second in the nation in blocked shots.

Stephane Lasme finished second in the nation in blocked shots.

March 26, 2007

AMHERST, Mass. - UMass forward Stephane Lasme has been named an Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American. The senior, who was named the Atlantic 10 Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year is the first Minuteman to gain national recognition from the AP since Marcus Camby was named a First-Team All-American in 1996. Lasme finished second in the NCAA in blocks (5.1), 13th in field goal percentage (61.1) and 17th in rebounding (9.5).

In addition to Camby in 1996, Lou Roe was a Second-Team AP All-American in 1995.

Lasme, who averaged 13.5 points per game, tied an NCAA record for triple-doubles in a season with four. As he accomplished them vs. St. Francis on Nov. 22 (19 pts, 10 reb, 11 blocks); vs. George Washington on Jan. 10 (23 pts, 15 reb, 11 blocks); vs. Rhode Island (18 pts, 12 reb, 11 blk) on Feb. 8 and vs. La Salle on Feb. 28 (17 pts, 10 reb, 10 blocks). He joined Jason Kidd (Cal in 1994) and Michael Anderson (Drexel in 1986).

"We are very excited for Stephane," said head coach Travis Ford. "He is very much deserving of this type of national recognition. Stephane worked extremely hard this season to take his game to the next level and this accolade shows that people have taken notice of his game nationally."

The first team featured Texas' Kevin Durant, Wisconsin's Alando Tucker, Texas A&M's Acie Law, UCLA's Arron Affalo and Ohio State's Greg Oden. Durant's 72 first-team votes gave him 360 points. Tucker received 64 first-team votes and 344 points, followed by Law (59, 320 points), Afflalo (52, 304), and Oden (34, 263).

The second team consists of seniors Nick Fazekas of Nevada and Jared Dudley of Boston College, juniors Chris Lofton of Tennessee and Joakim Noah of Florida and sophomore Tyler Hansbrough of North Carolina.

The third team has seniors Aaron Brooks of Oregon, Al Thornton of Florida State and Aaron Gray of Pittsburgh and juniors Jeff Green of Georgetown and Al Horford of Florida.



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