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April 6, 2011

Basketball Signee Gruber Named to Parade All-America Team

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Incoming recruit Colin Gruber of Harbor High School in Santa Cruz, Calif., has been named to Parade Magazine’s 55th Annual All-America team released in the national publication this week. Gruber garnered fourth-team honors, becoming the first Northern Arizona recruit or player to ever be named to the prestigious team.

“I am happy for Colin,” said Head Coach Mike Adras. “He is such a tremendous person. I am hoping he is going to have a terrific career here at NAU. For him to recognized nationally for this award is a terrific accomplishment for he and his family.”

Gruber, who will join the NAU program in the fall, led the county in scoring this season for the third straight year and was named Santa Cruz Coast Ath­letic League MVP and the Sentinel’s All-County Player of the Year. He committed to play at NCAA Division I Northern Arizona last November.

Gruber is listed on the fourth team with recruits from Texas, LSU, Kentucky, Florida International, Gonzaga and Wichita State. ASU recruit Jahii Carson of Mesa and Arizona recruit Angelo Choi of Hoover (Calif.) were both chosen to the second team.

The Parade team was start­ed in 1957 and is the longest running all-America high school basketball team in the country. It features 40 of the best players from around the United States.

NAU earned a bid to the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT) and played at Santa Clara in the first round. NAU went 19-13 on the season and was the No. 4 seed in the Big Sky Tournament after finishing 9-7 in league play. The Lumberjacks advanced to the Big Sky semifinals before losing to eventual champion Northern Colorado. The Lumberjacks were the second-best three-point shooting team in the country and ranked fifth overall in field goal percentage.