WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The postseason honors continued to roll in for William and Mary men’s basketball junior Marcus Thornton on Wednesday. For the second time in as many seasons, Thornton was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District 10 First Team, becoming just the second two-time first-team choice in program history. Along with the all-district choice, Thornton was named the Colonial Athletic Association Most Valuable Player by CollegeInsider.com.
Selected and voted on by member coaches of the NABC, the student-athletes named all-district represent the finest basketball players across America. The 252 student-athletes, from 25 districts, are eligible for the NABC Coaches’ Division I All‐America teams.
CollegeInsider.com selected a player of the year, coach of the year and most valuable player for each of the 33 conferences. The Web site selected Thornton as the league’s most valuable player, while listing Delaware’s Devon Saddler as the player of the year and Towson’s Pat Skerry at the coach of the year.
Thornton becomes the fifth all-district choice under head coach Tony Shaver, including the third first-team honoree. He is only the second Tribe player, along with Adam Hess in 2003 and 2004, to earn first-team distinction in back-to-back seasons. Thornton is the second Tribe player to be named CollegeInsider.com's CAA MVP, joining David Schneider in 2010.
This season, Thornton ranked fifth in the CAA and 61st nationally in scoring at 18.7 points per game. He ranked among the CAA and national leaders in 3-pointers made (93) and 3-point percentage (40.3), while also averaging 2.8 assists per game and shooting 77.9 percent from the free throw line.
His 599 points in 2013-14 is the fifth-best single-season total in W&M history and the most for a Tribe player since 1960. Through his first three seasons in a Green and Gold uniform, Thornton has scored 1,519 points, which ranks seventh in Tribe history and is the most for a W&M player through the first three seasons of his career.
Thornton became just the third player in W&M history be named to the All-CAA First Team, earning his second straight all-league honor. He is one of just four players in Tribe history to be named to the All-CAA first or second team twice in his career.
About the National Association of Basketball Coaches
Located in Kansas City, Mo., the NABC was founded in 1927 by Forrest “Phog” Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as Guardians of the Game. The NABC currently has nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men’s basketball coaches. All members of the NABC are expected to uphold the core values of being a Guardian of the Game by bringing attention to the positive aspects of the sport of basketball and the role coaches play in the academic and athletic lives of today’s student-athletes. The four core values of being a Guardian of the Game are advocacy, leadership, service and education. Additional information about the NABC, its programs and membership, can be found at www.nabc.org.