OMAHA, Neb. -- Creighton's Gregory Echenique is one of 20 of the nation's most outstanding senior men's basketball players selected to play in the 2013 Reese's Division I College All-Star Game, sponsored by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).
The NABC Division I College All-Star Game will be played on Friday, April 5 at 5:07 p.m. ET at the Georgia Dome, not long after the final open practice session of the day held by Michigan (3:00-3:50 pm ET). The game is free to attend, and will air nationwide (tape-delayed) on CBS on Sunday, April 7th at 2 p.m. ET.
Echenique was an honorable-mention All-MVC pick as a senior and became the first player in Creighton history to be named to the MVC's All-Defensive Team three times. He was named the 2011-12 MVC Defensive Player of the Year, and also was a two-time all-MVC Tournament team pick. In his final game, he became the 36th player in Creighton history to surpass 1,000 career points at the school, and if you include his Rutgers numbers he finished his career with 1,364 points, 991 rebounds and 268 blocked shots.
Echenique will play for the East All-Star Team coached by Cuonzo Martin. His teammates include Zeke Marshall, Jared Berggren, Carrick Felix, James Ennis and Brandon Davies.
Among the recent players in the game who have gone on to current NBA rosters are Lavoy Allen (Temple) - Philadelphia 76ers; Jimmy Butler (Marquette) - Chicago Bulls; Kenneth Faried (Morehead State) - Denver Nuggets; Jae Crowder (Marquette) - Dallas Mavericks; Kevin Murphy (Tennessee Tech) - Utah Jazz and Robert Sacre (Gonzaga) - Los Angeles Lakers.
"Gregory has been a big part of our success the past three seasons and is very deserving for inclusion in this All-Star Game," said his Creighton coach, Greg McDermott.
As part of his five-day trip to Atlanta, Echenique will be able to attend Saturday's Final Four games before returning to town on Sunday.
Creighton finished the 2012-13 season with a 28-8 record, winning MVC regular-season and tournament titles, before being eliminated in the third round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday vs. No. 6 Duke.
REESE’S WEST ALL-STARS TEAM – Coach: Fred Hoiberg, Iowa State University
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. College/Hometown
1 Pierre Jackson G 5-10 180 Baylor/Las Vegas, Nev.
3Kwamain Mitchell G 5-10 175 St. Louis/Milwaukee, Wis.
11 Mfon Udofia G 6-2 195 Georgia Tech/Stone Mountain, Ga.
13 Ramon Galloway G 6-3 180 LaSalle/Philadelphia, Pa.
15 Troy Daniels G 6-4 200 VCU/Roanoke, Va.
21 Durand Scott G 6-5 203 Miami/Bronx, N.Y.
23 Will Clyburn F 6-7 210 Iowa State/Detroit, Mich.
25 Richard Howell F 6-8 257 NC State/Marietta, Ga.
31 Jack Cooley F 6-9 246 Notre Dame/Glenview, Ill.