Hilltoppers’ Harris named first-team All-American

EDINBORO, Pa. – After leading the West Liberty University men to an unprecedented fourth consecutive NCAA Division II Elite Eight berth, guard Cedric Harris has nailed down one of the five first-team spots on the Daktronics NCAA Division II All-America Team.

Harris, a 6-foot senior from Zanesville, is the Hilltoppers’ third first-team All-America selection in the past four seasons, following in the footsteps of 2013 National Player of the Year Alex Falk and 2011 All-American Corey Pelle.

The NCAA Division II All-America teams are sponsored by Daktronics Inc. and voted on by members of the NCAA Division II Sports Information Directors Association.

This is the latest in a rapidly lengthening list of accolades for the Black and Gold’s talented backcourt ace. Harris was honored previously as the Mountain East Conference and Atlantic Region Player of the Year and is coming off a virtuoso performance in last week’s Atlantic Region tournament.

Harris averaged better than 21 points a game in guiding West Liberty to a record fourth-straight regional title.

The leading scorer (17.9 ppg.) on the nation’s highest-scoring team, Harris led the Atlantic Region and ranks among the Top 20 nationally in steals (2.34/game) and assist/turnover ratio (2.90) while leading the MEC and ranking No. 2 in the region with an average of more than 5.6 assists per game.

Harris leads WLU this season with 28 double-figure scoring games and 15 20-point nights. He just missed a triple-double in a win at UVA-Wise with 19 points, 16 assists and 9 rebounds to key a 105-92 West Liberty win. The 16 assists were the second-highest single-game total in the nation this season.

Wrapping up his third year with the Hilltoppers – he played his freshman ball at Wheeling Jesuit – Harris’ name has become a familiar sight in the WLU record book. He ranks third all-time in assists (522), fourth in steals (212) and is No. 13 on the school’s career scoring list with 1,613 points, giving him nearly 2,200 points during his college career.

The Hilltoppers left for Evansville Monday. They will take on defending national champion Drury, Mo., in Wednesday’s 7 p.m. quarterfinal.