Douglas-Roberts, Rose Named To NABC All-District 7 First Team
March 4, 2008
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - University of Memphis' Chris Douglas-Roberts and Derrick Rose were named to the 2007-08 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District 7 first team, the organization announced Tuesday. Joey Dorsey was selected to the NABC All-District 7 second team.
It was the second-straight year Douglas-Roberts earned NABC All-District honors, while it was a first-time honor for both Rose and Dorsey. It is the seventh-consecutive season a Tiger was named to the NABC All-District squad.
Memphis is the only team in the district to have two players on the first team and three players on the two all-district squads.
The 2007-08 Conference USA preseason Player of the Year, Douglas-Roberts leads the Tigers in scoring with a 17.6 average. He also averages 4.3 boards and is shooting 55 percent from the field and 46.3 percent from the three-point line. The Detroit, Mich., native became the 43rd Tiger in the program's history to score 1,000 points in a career earlier this year, and is in the No. 13 spot on the Memphis all-time scoring list with 1,332 points. The 6-foot-7 guard ranks among the Conference USA leaders in scoring (6th), field goal percentage (6th) and three-point field goal percentage (2nd).
Douglas-Roberts earned Conference USA Player of the Week honors three times this season. He was also named a Wooden Award and Naismith Trophy mid-season candidate in late January.
Rose is second on the team with a 14.2 scoring average and leads the squad with 130 assists (4.5 apg). The 6-foot-3 guard also averages 4.3 boards per game and shoots 46.9 percent from the floor and 68.7 percent from the free throw line. Rose is ranked among Conference USA leaders in scoring (9th), assists (4th), steals (13th) and assist-to-turnover ratio (10th).
The Chicago, Ill., native is a finalist for the 2007-08 Bob Cousy Award, given to the nation's top point guard. He was also named a mid-season candidate for both the Wooden Award and Naismith Trophy in late January.
Dorsey leads the team and Conference USA in rebounding at 10.0 boards per game. He is also ranked second in C-USA in blocked shots. The Baltimore, Md., native went over 1,000 rebounds for his career earlier this season and now has 1,117 boards. The 6-foot-9 forward is No. 2 on the Memphis all-time rebounding and blocked shots lists. He is also the all-time leading rebounder in Conference USA history.
The Tigers (28-1, 14-0 C-USA), ranked No. 2 in the Associated Press poll and No. 3 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll, return to action Wednesday, Mar. 5 when they travel to Dallas to take on SMU (9-18, 3-11 C-USA). The game, to be televised by CSTV (Memphis Comcast digital cable 222), is slated for a 7:00 p.m. (CT) start.