Junior guard Isiah Umipig (Federal Way, Wash.) picked up another postseason honor, as he was named Division I Second Team All-District 6 by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), announced Wednesday morning by the national organization.
Earlier this week, he was voted Second Team All-Western Athletic Conference as well as to the WAC All-Newcomer Team, as selected by the league’s head coaches in voting announced by the conference office last Sunday.
For the season, Umipig is averaging 19.4 points per game heading into the WAC Tournament, second in the league. He leads the conference with 3.48 made three-pointers per game, plus he is second in free throw percentage (.826), fourth in assists (3.66 assists per game), and 10th in three-point field goal percentage (.373).
In 16 conference games, Umipig averaged 19.1 points and 3.2 assists per game, hitting a league-high 60 three-pointers and shooting 82.3 percent from the free throw line. He reached double figures in scoring 13 times during WAC play, including a career-high 36 points in Seattle U’s victory over Idaho March 1 as well as 32 points in the team’s victory at WAC regular season champion Utah Valley Feb. 13.
The NABC All-District Teams are selected and voted on by member coaches of the NABC and represent the finest basketball players across the country. District 6 includes the Western Athletic Conference and the Big Sky Conference. The 252 student-athletes, from 25 districts, are eligible for the NABC Coaches’ Division I All-America teams.
A two-time WAC Player of the Week, Umipig is joined on the All-WAC Second Team by Bakersfield’s Issiah Grayson, Chicago State’s Quinton Pippen, Grand Canyon’s Jerome Garrison, and New Mexico State’s Tshilidzi Nephawe. Alongside Umipig on the WAC All-Newcomer Team are WAC Freshman of the Year Martez Harrison of Kansas City, Grand Canyon’s Daniel Alexander, New Mexico State’s DK Eldridge, and Utah Valley’s Zach Nelson.
Daniel Mullings of New Mexico State was named WAC Player of the Year and is joined on the All-WAC First Team by Grand Canyon’s Killian Larson, Idaho’s Stephen Madison and Utah Valley’s Ben Aird and Holton Hunsaker. Hunsaker’s father Dick Hunsaker was named the Don Haskins Coach of the Year after leading Utah Valley to the regular season conference title with a 13-3 league record as part of a 19-10 overall mark.
Seattle University finished the regular season tied for seventh in the WAC standings at 5-11 as part of a 13-16 overall record. The Redhawks are the seventh seed in the WAC Men’s Basketball Tournament and will face second seed New Mexico State in the quarterfinals Thursday, March 13, at 8:30 p.m. at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.