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July 18, 2011

Men’s Basketball Places Four on NABC Honors Court

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Northern Arizona men's basketball program placed four student-athletes on the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court.  Seniors Cameron Jones, Shane Johannsen and Eric Platt and junior Luis Flores were all named to the exclusive list.

It was the second selection to the Honors Court for Jones, Platt and Johannsen, who were all selected in 2009-10.

Jones, who was the NAU Male Athlete of the Year, averaged 20.0 points per game as a senior, breaking the school's single-season and career scoring marks. He was a unanimous selection to the All-Big Sky first-team and selected to the Lou Henson All-America team presented by CollegeInsider.com. He was also a NABC All-District 6 second team selection, was a finalist for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award and played in the Reese's College All-Star game at the Final Four. He graduated with a degree in history in May.

Johannsen, a Valley Christian product, was an All-Big Sky honorable mention selection after his senior season. He saw action in all 32 games with 30 starts, scoring 9.4 points per game (30th in Big Sky) and 6.5 rebounds (8th in Big Sky). He led Division I and the Big Sky in field goal percentage at 72.7.

Platt, who hailed from Casper, Wyo., averaged 10.1 points (23rd in the Big Sky), 2.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists during his senior season. He scored in double figures in 17 games with 20 or more three times. He will graduate in December after completing his student teaching for his secondary education degree.

Flores, a Coronado High School product from Scottsdale, saw action in 13 games off the bench as a sophomore.  He shot 50 percent (5-for-10) from the field, scoring a season-high five points at Montana State. He has a 3.44 grade point average in biomedical science.

The Honors Court recognizes those collegiate basketball student-athletes who excelled in academics during the 2010-11 season. Qualifications include junior or senior status, a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher and students must have matriculated as least one year at their current institution.