KANSAS CITY – North Dakota head men's basketball coach Brian Jones was named the NABC UPS All-District 6 Coach of the Year and senior Quinton Hooker was named to the All-District 6 Second Team on Wednesday. Jones and Hooker guided the Fighting Hawks to their first NCAA Tournament appearance at the Division I level.
Jones, who was named the Big Sky Coach of the Year, led his squad to the league's regular season and tournament titles, while amassing a DI-program record 22 wins.
Hooker, who earned a spot on the team for the second-consecutive year, was one of six Big Sky players to land on the team that also featured four players from the Western Athletic Conference. The Brooklyn Park, Minn., native averaged 19.3 ppg during his final collegiate season and he moved into sixth place on UND's all-time scoring charts, finishing his career with 1,787 points. He is third on the all-time charts with 195 steals and fourth with 417 assists.
Hooker was an All-Big Sky First Team selection after averaging 20.1 ppg in league play and helped UND to a 14-4 mark in conference games. He was named the Big Sky Tournament MVP in Reno after averaging 19.3 ppg, including a 28-point performance in the championship game victory over Weber State in overtime.
Hooker scored 25 points in UND's first-round NCAA Tournament loss to second-seeded Arizona in the West Region. The 20-plus point game was his 16th of the season and 36th of his career.
Selected and voted on by member coaches of the NABC, these student-athletes represent the finest basketball players across America. The student-athletes from the 25 all-district teams are eligible for the NABC Coaches’ Division I All-America teams.
2017 NABC UPS Division I All-District 6 Coach of the Year
Brian Jones, North Dakota
NABC All-District 6 Team
Jacob Wiley, Eastern Washington
Jeremy Senglin, Weber State
Victor Sanders, Idaho
Tyler Hall, Montana State
Ian Baker, New Mexico State
Quinton Hooker, North Dakota
Bogdan Bliznyuk, Eastern Washington
Jaylin Airington, CSU Bakersfield
Randy Onwuasor, Southern Utah
LaVell Boyd, UMKC
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.com.
— Go UND —