March 26, 2013
TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona men's basketball players Solomon Hill and Mark Lyons received all-district honors, as the National Association of Basketball Coaches announced its all-district awards today.
The Wildcat duo were tabbed all-District 20 selections in voting done by member coaches. They were joined on the district squad by Allen Crabbe, California; Jahii Carson, Arizona State; and Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA. Second-team selections were Dwight Powell, Stanford; Spencer Dinwiddie, Colorado; E.J. Singler, Oregon; Carrick Felix, Arizona State; Brock Motum, Washington State; and C.J. Wilcox, Washington.
A 6-foot-7, 220-pound senior forward from Los Angeles, Calif., Hill ranks second on the Wildcats with a 13.3 points per game average, three-point field goals (56) rebounding (5.4 rpg) and in steals (40), while ranking third in assists (92) and fourth in three-point field goal percentage (.389). In 34 appearances (all starts), he is averaging 2.7 assists and 1.2 steals per game to go with a .452 field goal percentage. He has scored in double figures a team-leading 27 times, posted three 20-point games and collected two double-doubles.
It is the second time that Hill has earned all-district honors from the NABC. Last year, he was a first-team selection as well. He was an all-District IX honoree by the USBWA earlier this season.
A 6-foot-1, 200-pound senior guard from Schenectady, N.Y., Lyons leads Arizona with a 15.4 points per game average, 65 three-point field goals and a .853 free throw percentage. In 34 appearances (all starts), he is averaging 2.9 assists and 1.1 steals per game. He has scored in double figures a team-leading 28 times, posted eight 20-point games and five games with five or more assists.
It is the first time in his career that Lyons has earned all-district kudos from the NABC. He, too, was an all-district pick by the USBWA earlier this season. It marks the 93rd time that an Arizona player has been honored by the NABC since 1952.
Arizona (27-7, 12-6 Pac-12) will next be in action on Thursday, March 28, at the 2013 NCAA West Regional semifinals in Los Angeles. The sixth-seeded Wildcats face No. 2 seed Ohio State at 4:47 p.m. PDT. The game will be televised nationally by TBS.