MSU’S Canaan tabbed All-America
Posted: Friday, March 23, 2012 12:00 pm
Murray State junior Isaiah Canaan added another postseason honor Tuesday when the National Association of Basketball Coaches named him to their list of 2012 Division I All-America Teams.
Canaan’s head coach, Steve Prohm, was NABC’s District 19 Coach of the Year.
Canaan, of Biloxi, Miss., was named to the NABC All-America Third Team after a stellar season that saw him win the Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year Award and become a three-time All-OVC selection.
Last week, Canaan led the Racers into their 15th appearance in the NCAA Tournament, where MSU defeated Colorado State 58-41 in the second round before falling to Marquette in the third round 62-53.
Canaan’s splendid 2011-12 season helped the Racers achieve record upon record as they finished 31-2, which marked the most wins in the 87 years of MSU basketball. The Racers were the final undefeated team at 23-0 and were the only team in the nation to go undefeated on the road this season.
As the NCAA’s prepared to go into the Sweet 16 round on Thursday, Canaan was 24th in the country with 19 points per game, and he was 13th in three-point percentage at .456.
Already named a First Team All-America by The Sporting News and USBWA Second Team All-America, Canaan is also being considered for all of the major awards this season including the Wooden, Naismith, Robertson, Cousy and Henson Awards.
Prohm and the Racers had a great season and then some in 2011-12 when they were 31-2 and tied the school record for wins in a single season.
MSU won their 23rd Ohio Valley Conference regular season championship and went to the NCAA Tournament for the 15th time after winning the OVC Tournament for a 15th time.
Another aspect to the Racers’ season is a feat that may turn out to be a lasting legacy.
MSU was the only team in NCAA D-I to go undefeated away from home at 13-0. It’s the first time in 87 years of MSU Basketball.
The Racers also had the distinction of being the final undefeated team this season at 23-0.
MSU set program records in the weekly rankings reaching the top-10 in both the Associated Press Poll and the ESPN/USA Today Poll.
Last week, the Racers won a game in the NCAA’s for the second time in three seasons with a 58-41 win over Colorado State 58-41 (March 15) in Louisville, Ky., and they just missed a trip to the Sweet 16 in a 62-53 defeat to Marquette (March 17).
Along the way the Racers had out-of-conference wins over the likes of Southern Miss (In the championship game of the Great Alaska Shootout), Saint Mary’s, Memphis, UAB, Dayton and Western Kentucky.
Prohm is the sixth MSU coach to win the NABC award since Ron Green in 1980.
2012 NABC COACHES’
DIVISION I ALL-AMERICA
Anthony Davis, Kentucky, 6-10, 220, Freshman, Forward, Chicago, Ill.
Draymond Green, Michigan State, 6-7, 230, Senior, Forward, Saginaw, Mich.
Doug McDermott, Creighton, 6-7, 220, Sophomore, Forward, Ames, Iowa
Thomas Robinson, Kansas, 6-10, 237, Junior, Forward, Washington, D.C.
Jared Sullinger, Ohio State, 6-9, 280, Sophomore, Forward, Columbus, Ohio
Harrison Barnes, North Carolina, 6-8, 215, Sophomore, Forward, Ames, Iowa
Marcus Denmon, Missouri, 6-3, 185, Senior, Guard, Kansas City, Mo.
Kevin Jones, West Virginia, 6-8, 260, Senior, Forward, Mount Vernon, N.Y.
Kris Joseph, Syracuse, 6-7, 210, Senior, Forward, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Tyler Zeller, North Carolina, 7-0, 250, Senior, Forward, Washington, Ind.
Isaiah Canaan, Murray State, 6-0, 193, Junior, Guard, Biloxi, Miss.
Jae Crowder, Marquette, 6-6, 235, Senior, Forward, Villa Rica, Ga.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kentucky, 6-7, 232, Freshman, Forward, Somerdale, N.J.
Damian Lillard, Weber State, 6-3, 195, Junior, Guard, Oakland Calif.
Austin Rivers, Duke, 6-4, 204, Freshman, Guard, Winter Park, Fla. Published in The WCP 3.22.12