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March 7, 2007
Nevada senior Nick Fazekas was named a first-team All-American by ESPN.com and a second-team All-American by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
Fazekas is one of five student-athletes named to the ESPN.com All-America team, joining Kevin Durant of Texas, Acie Law of Texas A&M, Arron Afflalo and Alando Tucker of Wisconsin, while he is one of five student-athletes on the NABC's second team. The honor from ESPN.com marks Fazekas' first first-team postseason All-America accolade. Last year, he was second-team All-America selection by ESPN.com and earned third-team Associated Press All-America honors.
"He may be tucked away in the WAC, but those who stick to the so-called major conferences are missing a major talent. Fazekas has averaged 20.9 points and 11.3 rebounds a game for the league champion Wolf Pack, who could be a top-four seed in the NCAAs," according to ESPN.com.
Fazekas earned his third consecutive WAC Player of the Year honor this season, joining Utah's Keith Van Horn as the second player in league history to earn the accolade three times. He is one of 10 finalists for the 2006-07 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, which is presented to the nation's top senior who defines the complete student-athlete, and is one of 22 players on the final ballot for the John Wooden Award, which is annually presented to the top player in the country.
Fans can participate in the voting process for both the Wooden Award and the Senior CLASS Award by logging onto WoodenAward.com and www.seniorclassaward.com.
One of three players in the country to be averaging at least 20 points and 10 rebounds this season, Fazekas ranks second in the WAC and 15th in the nation in scoring with 20.9 points per game and leads the conference and is fifth in the NCAA in rebounding at 11.3 boards per contest. He is Nevada's career leading scorer and ranks among the WAC's career leaders for scoring (third) and rebounding (second).
Fazekas and the four-time WAC regular-season champion Wolf Pack open play in the 2007 WAC Tournament on March 8 in Las Cruces, N.M., taking on Idaho in the quarterfinals at 12:05 p.m. Mountain (11:05 a.m. Pacific). Nevada's game can be seen locally in Reno on KAME-TV 21 or on the internet at www.wac.tv.