Oct. 3, 2013
College Sports Madness: Preseason Mid-Major All-America Teams | Preseason All-PL Teams
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BOSTON - After averaging a team-high 14.2 ppg and landing America East All-Conference First Team honors last March, senior D.J. Irving of the Boston University men's basketball team has been placed on College Sports Madness' top Preseason Mid-Major All-America squad.
Irving was one of five in the entire country to earn the honor and was joined by Harvard's Wesley Saunders (G), Montana's Kareem Jamar (G/F), Elon's Lucas Troutman (F) and UC Santa Barbara's Alan Williams (F/C).
Last season, Irving also averaged 3.6 apg and a personal-best 3.3 rpg to help guide the Terriers to the first round of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. The postseason appearance marked the second of his career after he started 32 games during BU's America East championship season in 2011 that led to the program's first trip to the NCAA tournament since 2002.
A native of Chester, Pa., he was the lone America East representative back in March to receive College Sports Madness Mid-Major All-America (second team) accolades. Highlights of the season included a career-high 27 point performance at Binghamton behind a personal-best seven 3-pointers. He tallied 17 points, six assists and a career-high six steals against Hartford and posted a career-high 10 rebounds against Maine.
Arguably the most impressive moment came at Albany when he hit two 3-pointers in the final nine seconds of regulation, including one with 2.2 seconds left, to send the game to overtime. BU went on to win the game, 85-80.
Irving will enter his final season ranked seventh all-time at BU in assists (392) and 26th in points (1,036), as BU begins play in the Patriot League. He is currently on track to log the second most amount of minutes played in the scarlet & white behind former America East Player of the Year John Holland ('11).
College Sports Madness recently announced its Preseason Patriot League All-Conference honors, giving recognition to Irving (1st), senior Dom Morris (3rd) and sophomore Maurice Watson Jr. (3rd). The media outlet also tabbed third-year head coach Joe Jones the league's preseason Coach of the Year.
Jones returns all five starters and the top seven returning scorers from a team that went 17-13. He has presented the program with a challenging non-conference schedule that includes trips to UConn and Maryland. The Terriers will also welcome two-time defending Ivy League champion Harvard and 2012 NCAA Cinderella team Norfolk State from the MEAC.
The season begins Sunday, Nov. 10 at TD Garden against defending CAA regular season champion and rival Northeastern with tip-off set for 12:30 p.m.