March 16, 2012
LONG BEACH, Calif. - Casper Ware has been named first-team All-District 9 by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), while Larry Anderson and T.J. Robinson claimed a spot on the second team.
Ware, who was also named the Big West Conference Player of the Year for the second consecutive season and the United States Basketball Writers Association Player of the Year, earned the honor after leading Long Beach State to its second consecutive Big West Conference championship and a spot in the NCAA Tournament. The 49er guard is the career leader in assists and steals (tied with Anderson) at Long Beach State while ranking seventh all-time in the Big West in assists. Ware led Long Beach State in scoring (17.4 ppg), assists (114) and 3-pointers made (94) during the season. The 94 threes were the second most in school history. He claimed Big West Conference Player of the week honors four times during his senior season (one shy of the league record). In addition to being the all-time assists and steals leader at LBSU, Ware (Cerritos, Calif./Gahr HS) ranks second in free throws made, third in scoring, 3-point field goals made, and 3-point field goals attempted, and sixth in field goals made.
Anderson (Long Beach, Calif./Jordan HS) claimed second-team honors after being named first-team all-league for the third time in four seasons. Anderson finished the season averaging 13.7 points and 4.9 rebounds. He is tied with Ware for the all-time lead in steals at Long Beach State, while ranking third in free throws made, sixth in scoring, seventh in assists, eighth in rebounding, and ninth in field goals made. He also garnered Big West Conference Defensive Player of the Year accolades.
Robinson (West Haven, Conn./Kolbe Cathedral HS) earned second-team recognition after being named first-team all-league. The senior finished the season with 17 double-doubles to run his career total to 55. He averaged a double-double for the third straight year, finishing the season averaging 12.0 points and 10.2 rebounds per game. He ranked 11th nationally in double-doubles and 17th in rebounding. Robinson set the Big West Conference and Long Beach State record for career rebounds, finishing with 1,208 boards. His 347 rebounds this season ranks second all-time on the single season list at LBSU. In addition to ranking first in career rebounds at LBSU, he finished his career fourth in field goals made and free throws made, and fifth in scoring.
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