KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Senior Devin Gilligan (Amherst, N.H.) and junior Chris Walters (Stamford, Conn.) of the Southern New Hampshire University men's basketball team garnered National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Coaches' East All-District Team accolades, it was announced Monday.
Gilligan, who earned a spot on the First Team, adds to his list of recognitions, which include Division II Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA) All-America Third Team honors, D2CCA East Region and Northeast-10 Conference Player of the Year, and First Team spots on both the D2CCA East All-Region and NE10 All-Conference Teams. Gilligan will also play for the East squad in the 2017 Reese's/NABC Division II College All-Star Game on Friday, March 24 (7 p.m. CDT) at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D., as part of the NCAA Division II Men's Elite Eight. Gilligan averaged 20.2 points per game this season, while shooting 57.7 percent (221-383) from the field, 45.3 percent (53-117) from beyond the arc and 80.3 percent (110-137) from the line. Gilligan, who started all 30 games, also averaged 6.8 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game.
Gilligan, who registered five double-doubles during the season, scored in double figures 29 times, missing the entire second half of the one game he did not reach 10 points in with an injury. Gilligan scored 20 or more points 16 times, including 30-plus on four occasions. Gilligan scored 19 or more points in 10 straight games from Dec. 7 to Jan. 18, producing three of his 30-point explosions, including a career-high 31 in an 83-77 win against Adelphi University on Jan. 14.
Gilligan ranked second in the conference in field goals made, fourth in 3-point shooting, fifth in field goal percentage, sixth in scoring, 10th in both offensive rebounding (2.1) and free throws made, and 11th in rebounding. Nationally, Gilligan is 29th in field goals made, 36th in field goal percentage and 50th in scoring.
Walters, a D2CCA East All-Region Second Team and NE10 All-Conference First Team selection, was selected to the Second Team. In 30 starts this season, Walters averaged 18.1 points, 9.3 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.9 blocks and 1.3 steals per game, while shooting 50.3 percent (174-346) from the field and 80.6 percent (174-216) from the stripe.
Walters reached double figures in all but two contests and scored 20 or more points 12 times. The athletic forward, who threw down 28 dunks on the season, notched nine double-doubles. Walters collected 10 or more rebounds 10 times and added another six games in which he grabbed nine boards. He ripped down a career-best 17 caroms in a 79-72 victory at American International College on Jan. 7.
Walters led the league in free throws made and blocks per game, while ranking fourth in rebounding, seventh in offensive rebounding (2.4), eighth in scoring, 10th in steals per game and 14th in free throw shooting. Walters places 11th in the country in free throws made, 15th in free throws attempted, 29th in defensive rebounding (6.9), 32nd in blocks per game and 38th in rebounding.
The Penmen finished the season 21-9, including 15-6 in league play to capture their second NE10 Regular-Season Championship in three years. SNHU made its third NE10 Championship Final in five seasons and then earned its 20th NCAA Tournament berth before falling in the opening round of the NCAA East Regional.
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